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Espresso: Guatemala Huehuetenango Mam Microlot

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A mainstay in our coffees from Guatemala are the Huehuetenango and Mam regional blends. The Mam selection is a micro-region specific lot that was collected from sixty smallholder producers around La Libertad and San Pedro Necta municipalities in the Huehuetenango region. Descendants from the Mam indigenous group inhabit the region, hence the name of the coffee. In this area, coffee is cultivated at 1500 meters and above. The harvest takes place from January to March, at some of the highest altitudes in the region. At the highest altitudes, the harvest even extends into April! The farms that produce the Mam coffee receive little exposure to direct sunlight, as the region is covered by a thick blanket of clouds in the afternoon. High altitudes and low temperatures make for a slow development of the cherries, which shows in the rich cup profile of the coffee. It has a more pronounced winey cup profile than our regular Huehuetenango regional coffee, which is bright and crisp with a more balanced sweetness. Our exporter’s quality team specifically screens the coffees they take in at their mill on this particular cup profile, just because it is so specific. Producers get paid a premium for this profile, as the cup profile fetches a higher cup...

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Espresso: Ethiopia Reko Yirgacheffe-1

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Sometimes, great coffees finds us, instead of us finding them. Every year, thousands of samples come at the Trabocca office in Amsterdam. In December 2013, during a blind cupping, they found this washed Yirgacheffe from a small washing station in the Kochere region. The coffee stood out because of its pronounced aroma of peach, mango, and other stone-fruits. Reko washing station is named after Reko-Mountain, a tall and skinny mountain that towers above the hills of Kochere. Reko, translated in Afaan Oromo, means challenge. It refers to the challenge of climbing the Reko-mountain. According to the Reko-team, the success of the washing station is threefold. First and foremost, the training and education of staff and suppliers. A good protocol can only be implemented by equipped staff members and farmers. Testi Coffee gives pre-harvest training to all partners. Secondly, good selection and separation; only red cherries are selected, and processed coffees are kept separate by harvesting-time (early, mid, late), and geographical area (Onancho, Debo, Shashamene, Hamma, Beloya). Finally, monitoring and control; Reko-lots are assigned to professional site managers, whom, with their vast experience in coffee processing, control every aspect of Reko-lots from cherry to warehouse delivery, anticipating on changes and separating deviating...

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Filter: Rwanda Rushashi Natural Minazi Village lot

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This is the third year we bought this coffee from This Side Up and we still really like the coffee. It is less sparkling then the other years but still very sweet with notes like red grape, figs but also berries and raisins or dried fruits. There could be some strawberry in the aroma and when it cools some tropical yellow fruits like papaya. This is a really nice example what good harvesting and processing does with good coffee. Keep it...

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Filter: Kenya Muranga Weithaga PB

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Kenyan coffee is recognized in the world market for its quality. It is also an important crop for the country’s economy, which generates significant revenues for export and for small planters, and account for more than 50% of national production. Muranga County is an important area for coffee production in Kenya, with rich volcanic soils and a favourable climate in the Aberdares range. More than 100,000 small-scale farmers are involved in coffee production and are members of more than thirty cooperatives, grouped within the Muranga Cooperative Union of Farmers. The cooperative is an important mechanism for supporting farmers and strengthening agricultural production. The coffee sector in Kenya has experienced some events that have led to a significant decline in coffee production over the past two decades. These factors include increased cost of production, limited access to inputs and fluctuating world coffee prices. Small-scale planters are particularly vulnerable to such developments that negatively impact the quantity and quality of coffee produced. The country’s export earnings are also affected. This is a coffee we bought at the Nairobi Coffee Exchange. Last year Caffenation voted the Weithaga lots to one of the beste of the year. Every year they tend to buy a mixture of AA, AB and PB lots. Mainly the last screen size is the hardest to buy, surely when the crop is a bit lower and most of the Peaberry lots to small to reach the auction. We like these PB’s a lot for its ‘explosive’ taste and bigger body. Also they have the reputation of conserving better than the AB or AA beans. In Rwanda it happens that the -14 screen sizes are catalogued as PB although it’s strictly seen just ‘small beans’. In this Weithaga PB you find peaberry beans in all...

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Shop rules

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Het is zover; de webshop is online. In de shop kunt u de verschillende koffies bestellen die we op dit moment op voorraad hebben. De koffies kunnen afgerekend worden met iDeal en Paypal. Spelregels: 1. De koffies worden VERS GEROOSTERD op elke dinsdag van de week. Bestellingen die voor dinsdag binnenkomen zullen worden verwerkt. Bestelt u op woensdag dan wordt de koffie pas de week erop verstuurd. 2. Bestellingen worden verzonden via PostNL. Kleine bestellingen worden per brievenbuspakket verzonden, grotere bestellingen per pakketpost. Shippingkosten worden verrekend per bestelling. 3. De koffie wordt verstuurd als BONEN, wij malen de koffie niet om de versheid te kunnen garanderen. Bij grotere bestellingen boven 2kg vragen wij om even contact op te nemen via de mail of even te bellen. Wholesale bestellingen worden eveneens elke dinsdag vers geroosterd en verzonden. Orders worden alleen per e-mail verwerkt. Betaling geschiedt per factuur of op afspraak afhankelijk van de...

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