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Espresso: Brazil Bota Foro Pulped Natural

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Order here! http://blackandbloom.nl/product/espresso-brazil/ The farm has remained in the same family for over 100 years. Since Francisco Teóphilo Reis Neto bought the land and the fazenda in 1900, ownership has passed through four generations of family. The current owner and manager, Maria de Fátima Silva Marques da Fonseca, is the latest in the family to care for the land. The farm can count on many years of expertise in quality production. Bota Fora has five permanent workers who have been working on the property for the last twenty years. For technical support, they can rely on the COCARIVE cooperative and Emater MG (a governmental organisation that provides assistance to farmers in Minas Gerais). These skilled teams of agronomists advise on the best planting techniques, cultivation systems, drying and conservation methods, the newest coffee processing machines and...

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Filter: Peru Oscar Cruz Coronel, Cajamarca

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Order here! http://blackandbloom.nl/product/peru-cajamarca/ Oscar comes from a community called Miraflores del Norte, which is located in Huábal. Huábal is a beautiful micro region with staggering altitudes that is only an hour drive away located from Jaén, the new coffee capital of Peru in the Northern region (mainly referred to as Cajamarca region). Since a few years this wider region is becoming more widely known for it outstanding qualities and mouthwatering flavor profiles. Especially the cup of excellence has contributed to this fame and the district is home to several finalists of the competition. In the surroundings of Miraflores del Norte, coffee farms reach up to 2000 meters above sea level and most of the coffee is grown with a minimum amount of shade. The coffee is characterised by elegant (yellow) fruity flavors, citric notes and some florals. Oscar has been a coffee grower for over 30 years now, and he is farming on the land that he has inherited from his parents. Together with his wife Lucia, he decided to focus on improving his coffee quality because “thanks to coffee, I am taking my family forward,” he explains. “Especially with the specialty coffee I produce I can generate more income for our family, which allows us to pay for some of our children’s education expenses. I always do a selective harvest and I am pulping the cherries directly after harvesting,” he says. Then he lets his coffee ferment in an open tank but submerged in water for approximately 18 hours. When this process is finished, the parchment is washed with clean water and then dried. Oscar and Lucia have started investing in a drying structure, so to improve this post-harvest step as...

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Filter: Kenya Kamwangi AB

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Order here! In Kenya, we source our coffees in two ways. On one hand, we buy from direct, farm-level sourcing projects like the Slopes of 8 or single farmer projects like the Mwendia coffees. We access these directly through our local sustainability branch. The second way is the classic way, buying coffees through the weekly Nairobi Coffee Exchange.  This coffee from Kamwangi factory sit in the second category. Every week, the cupping team of our exporter Kenyacof cups through the entire catalogue of coffees on sale that week. Since the quality team is calibrated with ours, they know exactly which kind of coffees we need. Every year, 32cup travels to Kenya twice. On the first trip, during the harvesting season, they visit the producing partners to see first-hand how the season is coming along. During the second trip, in February, they cup through tables and tables of coffees, to narrow down the selection of coffees that were preselected for us. We aim at finding outstanding microlots, bursting with fruit flavours and acidity, as well as more accessible balanced profiles with predominant sweet notes. I was asked frequently to come along, however time is still one of my main enemies. Kamwangi is one of the two washing stations (or factories) in the New Ngariama Cooperative Society in Kirinyaga. The cooperative’s other factory is called Kainamui. Coffee producers here are blessed with the well-known microclimatic conditions of the foothills of Mount Kenya. Over 72% of all coffee production in Kirinyaga County comes from smallholder farmers. They are usually organized in cooperative societies. Kirinyaga county has 16 different...

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