On this page we always post what coffees we have in store. Since we buy coffees that are offered in-season, the house blend BlackJack and filter coffees always change. This is what makes our coffees so interesting because you always get something different. Stop by often and be surprised by our offerings. All coffees are also for sale at the shop so you can take it home with you and experiment with it.
Since January 2016, we roast our own coffees. We started with a 1kg roaster but demand made us decide that we changed to a Giesen W6A. We started in The Big Building, a co-op space but since May 2018 we have a bigger unit on the outskirts of the city to meet higher demands.
Black & Bloom Roasts
Nicaragua Finca Guadalupana, Dipilto, Nuova Segovia
This is the field report from our friends at Expocamo and This Side Up Coffee importers;
I did not quite understand where I was when I arrived at La Guadalupana, there was a nice little house, farming tools, a wet mill and an excellent nursery. However, the only thing I could not spot was the coffee plantation it self. I humbly asked where the plantation was; Luis pointed to the forest. I had heard the term ‘shadow-grown’ before and always figured it would be a row of coffee trees with the occasional fruit tree to provide shade. However, this was beyond any of my expectations of the phenomena of shade-grown coffee; the plantation is hidden underneath the dense canopy. Preserving the environment here is of key-importance as the only water-source in this community is to be found on La Guadulapana’s lands. T
It is hard not to feel touched by the story of Luis and Olga, this is a real-life example of sustainable development through empowerment. They do not not farm coffee for themselves, this farm has always been dedicated to their daughters, to finance their studies and to provide stability in their future. The farm actually consists of two separate parts, Olga´s lots and Luis´ lots. Much of the land in the community is owned by people from Olga´s family. In fact, before Luis bought ´his´ lots it used to be owned by a relative of Olga. When this relative passed away the land was sold to Luis in order to keep it in the family. Nowadays La Guadalupana provides fresh water to most of the community, donated the local football field and offer wet milling service to those without the machinery. This farm, under the care of Luis and Olga is a central point in this small rural community.
This became possible when Luis left his family to work in Miami about fifteen years ago. He worked in construction, gardening and other jobs in which he improved his craftsmanship, a skill that received recognition over the years. Nevertheless, the big city life was not his thing, but it was a sacrifice that had to be made for the future of his farm and family.
Upon returning to the simple ´campesino´ life in El Horno the focus could be on developing the farm. As part of a large cooperative the farm became UTZ-certified, something a handful of coop leaders pushed onto the farmers with promises of premiums. La guadalupana was among the twenty percent of farms that gave it a 100% to comply with the new strict conditions. However not much of the promised premiums were given to the farmers. Even worse, the premiums that did go to the farmers were distributed amongt the entire coop, including the 80 percent of farmers who did not invest any time or resource to adhere to the standards. Furthermore, this project took away most of the bargaining power the farm has, coffee had to be sold to an appointed dry mill with no interest in quality nor traceability.
Luckily, times changed when Luis started working with Expocamo. In consultancy with the agronomists the cultivation of specialty coffee began and with it the economic potential it offers. The farm has been in renovation ever since. Small parcels at a time are being planted with catuaí, java and pacamara instead of catimor. So far only A and double A grade coffee have come from La Guadalupana, but with the new parcel of Java the aim is to reach triple A as well. With these improvements Luis and Olga hope to build the brand of his farm; something they proudly tell about to their neighbors. Not everybody in this community believes in his way of working, but they believe that this is the key to success.
Relationships are important at La Guadalupana, this is why they work with the same 9 people year-round. These people now form a close-knit group within the community. Every two weeks the worker´s families are invited at La Guadalupana to share a meal, play some football and get to know each other better. In this aspect Luis wants to comply with one thing before he dies: show his workers the sea. A beauty he believes that should not be limited to pictures.
In the 2016-2017 harvest the yield have quadrupled compared to the year before and quality has become more consistent. The Java plot is healthy and under the watchful eye of Luis and Expocamo´s agronomists. This harvest also marked the first steps for income diversification through local tourism projects at La Guadalupana. Soon cabins will be build to host tourists for overnight stays, which offers a myriad of new opportunities for the farm.
Ethiopia Guji-1 Mulish washed lot
The Mulish washing station is a fairly new processing plant – established in 2014. Apart from its relatively young age, it is managed by our experienced partners of Testi Trading. In the surrounding hills and mountains of Danbi Uddo, a sub-district of the Shakiso Woreda, approximately 850 smallholders own 2 to 5 hectares and deliver their yields to Mulish washing station.
The Mulish washing station is well prepared to process more than 280 tons of green coffee during harvest. Daily operations are smooth because of sufficient materials to process the bulk of the harvest; an Agarde Pulper, flotation tanks, and raised beds. Washed coffees are fermented for 36 to 48 hours and dried for a maximum of 12 days. Naturals are laid to dry for 15 to 18 days.
Kenya Kangocho Peaberry
We present to you the coffee from the Kangocho Factory (wet mill) from the Nyeri District in Central Kenya. The Nyeri region is made up of mainly smallholder farms, each with some 100 trees. They are organized in Cooperative Societies that act as umbrella organizations for the Factories (wet mills), where the smallholders deliver their coffee cherries for processing. There is a lot of competition in Nyeri. Many of the farmers are surrounded by several wet mills. They are free to choose where they want to deliver their cherries as members. Due to the traditional auction system in Kenya, quality is rewarded with higher prices. The better factories will then attract more farmers by producing coffee getting the highest prices, as well as giving high payback rate to the farmers.
The Kangocho Factory is part of the Gikanda Cooperative Society, which is made up from the Gichatha-ini, Kangocho, and Ndaro-ini Cooperatives. The name takes the first few letters of each factory/wet mill to arrive at GiKaNda. For years, it has been one of the most respected producers in Nyeri. They have been very consistent on quality over the years and have fetched high prices in the market. The amount given back to the farmers has been above 88%. Over the years, they have set up good systems for traceability and quality control.