Organic DR Congo
Kivu, DR Congo , SOPACDI
This coffee comes to you from SOPACDI, a cooperative consisting of 3200 farmers in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. They are the first and only cooperative in this area to be certified Fairtrade and this year’s crop is now certified Organic as well. With altitudes ranging from 1460m to over 2000m, their coffee has achieved the top national Kivu 2 grade which has not been accomplished since 1967.
No markets have been available for these coffees for decades. Farmers previously resorted to smuggling coffee across Lake Kivu to Rwanda at great risk or selling it to smugglers at a low price. In 2002, Joachim Munganga founded SOPACDI as a means to quell ethnic strife and to reach the international specialty coffee market. Today with a growing membership, these farmers from various ethnic groups have joined forces to improve their families’ lives and communities through producing high quality coffee.
This intriguing coffee contains notes of clove, raspberry, brown sugar, and finishes with a lingering black tea aftertaste.
11.80 - purchase »
Lake Atitlan , Cayuco
Guatemala “Cayuco,” comes from the Atitlan region of Guatemala. Lake Atitlan is a picturesque volcanic lake located in the Western Highlands of Guatemala and is described by some as ‘the most beautiful lake in the world’. The name “Cayuco” refers to the traditional wooden canoes used by many of the local fisherman.
Lake Atitlan is a region with a large indigenous population of Mayan descent. There are many small scale producers in the area that produce very high quality coffee in quantities that are too small to be marketed on their own. Our Cayuco is from a group of these farmers who, with incredible attention to detail, combined their efforts to produce a coffee of outstanding quality that was made available to us and now to you.
This coffee opens with mandarin blossom notes present in both the aroma and flavor, supported by an underlying sweet Clementine orange and mango base and finishing with a smooth, coco butter creaminess.
11.00 - purchase »
Nyamasabe , Bufcafe
Rwanda is a small, land locked country about the size of Maryland that has the potential for producing some of the world’s finest coffees. With the guidance of various international aid agencies, Rwanda has been able to continuously improve the quality of the coffee it exports, along with the many lives of the small producers that grow and process it.
Epiphany Mukashyaka and her son Samuel Muhirwa of award winning company Bufcafe, were among the first to take advantage of this learning opportunity and have established themselves as one of the jewels in the crown of Rwandan specialty coffee today. This year’s crop is nothing short of amazing. With our unique oak wood roasting process you’ll discover nuances that truly pay homage to the 7,000 or so growers that have dedicated themselves to producing exceptional coffees for us to enjoy.
Elegant and memorable. A crisp, yet sweet coffee with delicate notes of dark cherry and orange zest, ending with a long, resonant molasses finish
12.50 - purchase »
Huila , Agustino Forest
San Agustin is located in the Southern portion of the well known Huila growing region, specifically in the oriental mountain range at 1730 meters above sea level. This area is home to the Colombian Massif spurs, origin of the most significant water sources of Colombia, making it rich with biodiversity, ideal for coffee cultivation.
This coffee was produced by rural, indigenous, and afro-descendant communities residing in environmentally strategic ecosystems, currently threatened by illicit crops. These “Forest Ranger,” families work hard to create environmentally and socially sustainable alternatives for growing coffee and engage in the manual eradication of illicit crops. As a result, nearly 235 thousand hectares of forest have been kept free of coca to the present date.
This coffee starts with well rounded notes of dark plum, supported by winey acidity, ending with subtle notes of cinnamon in a buttery finish.
$11.00 - purchase »
Yungas , Cenaproc Cooperative
Grown by the Cenaproc Co-op in the Yungas region of Bolivia, this has become one of our favorite coffees, having purchased it for eight consecutive years. This is an intense coffee roasted very dark, yet just shy of french roast, it has good body, low acid and a delicate sweet-smoky flavor with hints of caramel and vanilla.
$10.75 - purchase »
Yirgacheffe , Wote Konga
All botanical varieties of Arabica coffee can trace their roots back to Ethiopia and what are now called “heirloom varietals”. These varietals continue to be the heart and soul of the Ethiopia coffee offerings and none are more distinct than those grown and wet-processed in the Yirgacheffe region.
$12.10 - purchase »
Huehuetenango , Guaya’b Cooperative
Guaya’b is a cooperative of over 300 indigenous Mayan and Quichua farming families in the region of Jacaltenango, Huehuetenango. Since the introduction of coffee into the Jacaltenango region 40 years ago natural habitats, flora and fauna have slowly made a comeback from the once de-forested land. The recreation of the natural habitat has allowed for the reduction of soil erosion, restored natural habits and given the coffee crops a lush canopy that allows them to ripen slowly. Rich & delicately fruity; you’ll experience a thought provoking brew that has raisiny dark chocolate and malty caramel flavors infused with deeper, bright fruit tones that suggest green apple and raspberry.
$11.00 - purchase »
Chiapas , Union Ramal Santa Cruz Cooperative
The southern most state of Chiapas and the coffees produced by the members of the Union Ramal Santa Cruz coffee cooperative should certainly be on the radar for anyone looking for an unforgettable sensory experience. This year we have the pleasure to introduce you to the 2012 crop from this group of producers. From the molasses, soft-toned cinnamon and nutmeg-like spices that greet you as you grind the beans, to the flavors that suggest Brazil nut, chocolate pudding, and lime zest we think you’ll be glad we did.
$10.80 - purchase »
Papua New Guinea
Western Highlands , Madan Estate
An unusual Indonesian coffee with a brighter flavor more typical of Central American coffees. High quality PNG’s like this are often considered to be among the world’s finest coffees. Its complex flavor profile, along with a darker roast, contains flavors of cedar, fresh tobacco, hints of toasted caramel and subtle citrus notes.
$10.55 - purchase »
Lintong , Tano Batak
Rainforest Alliance Certified
Lintong is the region along the southern part of Lake Toba and has become synonymous with the coffees that are grown there. Lintong coffees are farmed by the Batak people, and Tano Batak simply means “Land of the Batak”. This coffee in particular has been picked, density sorted, and then hand sorted and the result is a coffee that displays a heavy, velvety body, flavors of earth and cedar, followed by hints of cocoa and caramel.
$10.75 - purchase »