A great single origin is a truly exceptional coffee that highlights the intrinsic qualities of that region while being able to stand on its own as a unique and enjoyable cup of coffee.

Colombia El Manzano Microlot

Buesaco , Nariño

Cupping notes : Sweet Lime, Red Grape, Cashew Butter
Roast level : LIGHT

El Manzano Caturra Microlot is sourced from the Luis Gómez family farm in the small department of Nariño—roughly the same square area as the state of Maryland. Nariño borders Ecuador and the Pacific Ocean, but has an extremely diverse geography. Hot plains lie on the Pacific Coast, lush Amazon tropics occupy the central region, and the Andes Mountains traverse north to south along the inland border.

It is this Andean region that put Nariño on the map as a top coffee producer in the 1990s, when high-volume coffee buyers turned to the region’s farms as source of choice for its excellent coffee. This trend discouraged farmers from producing higher priced, premium coffees.  As these buyers migrated much of their business to other countries, premium coffee demand simultaneously increased and farmers saw an opportunity to sell their unique offerings. Collaborations have resulted, building a network of resources for these farms.

Luis Gómez and his family have justly reaped the benefit of this shift. The Gómez farm has seen improved efficiency, increased earnings from their coffee sales, and strengthening of their family’s livelihood.

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Organic Colombia Planadas

Planadas , Tolima

Fair Trade/Organic

Cupping notes : Sweet-smoky, Tamarind, Layered
Roast level : DARK

Our Organic Colombia Tolima comes from the municipality of Planadas in the southern tip of the Tolima Province. Lying in the foothills of the Central Andes, Tolima is known for its mineral-rich soils and fresh water. Though relatively unknown in the coffee industry until recently, Tolima is now the country’s third largest coffee producer and is increasingly being recognized for producing great tasting coffee.

The beans in this lot come from two small cooperatives in Planadas: ASOPAP and Resguardo Indígena Nasa We’sx.

The 29 members of the ASOPAP cooperative are fully committed to quality coffee and organic standards from their farms, which are situated at 5,400-6,200 feet. Their beans have yielded excellent cup profiles for some time, drawing attention from international coffee traders.

The Nasa We’sx are an indigenous community brought to Planadas in the early 1900s by the Colombian Army as a mine workforce. For decades, they were caught in the conflict between the army and the largest guerilla group in the country, FARC, until recently, when they made a peace pact with local guerrillas.

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Ethiopia Chelelektu Yirgacheffe

Kochere , Gedeo

Cupping notes : Strawberry Jam, Sweet Melon, Lemon Zest
Roast level : LIGHT

Our Ethiopia Chelelektu Yirgacheffe is sourced from several small, family owned farms organized around the Chelelektu Washing Station in the Kochere woreda (district) of the Gedeo zone in Ethiopia, named after the Gedeo people who are indigenous to this area and continue to live there today.

The Gedeo zone lies in the Southern part of Ethiopia and has been a long producer of specialty coffee. The farmers in Gedeo are known to keep coffee trees alive, healthy, and bearing fruit for nearly 70 years. The combination of high altitudes of 1500-2000 meters and the iron-rich soil creates the ideal growing environment to produce the distinct, floral Yirgacheffe profile.

Throughout the entire growing and sorting process, the coffee cherries and beans are handled with the utmost care. The farmers in this region carefully harvest and hand sort the ripe coffee cherries that are transported to the Chelelektu Washing Station, where workers again hand sort the ripe cherries that are dried on raised beds. Additionally, the Chelelektu workers are extremely meticulous in their sorting, only selecting the finest of green coffee beans in a three-step sorting process. Though arduous, this process has made a lasting impression on cup quality. We hope you enjoy this specialty coffee as much as we do.

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Organic Guatemala CODECH

Concepcion Huista , Huehuetenango

Fair Trade/Organic

Cupping notes : Cola, Caramel, Tart Cherry
Roast level : MEDIUM-LIGHT

Organic Guatemala CODECH comes from the village of Concepcion Huista in the Department of Huehuetenango. Concepcion Huista is located only 50 miles from the well-traveled Highway CA-1, a major transnational freeway that carries travelers from Mexico through Central America. In spite of this proximity, the village is remotely situated in mountainous highlands, fanned by the warm winds of Mexico’s Tehuantepec Plain that protect high elevation crops from frost.

Given the isolation of the region, infrastructure has been almost nonexistent, and there is limited access to education and healthcare. To overcome this, in 2000, a group of small acreage farmers founded CODECH (Coordinadora de Organizaciones de Desar Concepcion Huista) to promote socio-economic development for their communities. Today, CODECH has improved the overall quality of life and health of its community members—as well as the economic well-being of the region. Farmers have embraced organic growing methods and improved agronomical practices, thus increasing yield volumes and quality. The result has been access to specialty markets and securing higher prices for their crops. In addition, health programs, access to medical care, gender education, and programs to fund childhood education have enriched the lives of community members.

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Organic Mexico UNECAFE

Papaloapan , Oaxaca

Fair Trade/Organic

Cupping notes : Rye, Orange Spice, Golden raisin
Roast level : MEDIUM-LIGHT

We present our Mexico Oaxaca UNECAFE Fair Trade with a nod to the resilience of this state’s coffee farmers. Located in southwest Mexico, Oaxaca lays claim to many superlatives. It is one of Mexico’s—largest coffee producers (particularly organic), most biologically diverse, largest indigenously populated, and historically poorest. A lack of governmental resources, coupled with the rugged and isolating terrain, have presented challenges that only thousand-year-old cultures could overcome.

The nearly 2200-member UNECAFE (Unidad Ecológica para el Sector Café Oaxaqueño) is an association organized in 2011 by small coffee producers within the state of Oaxaca. (A note: women make up 40% of the cooperative’s stakeholders.) The growers are all indigenous peoples, belonging to one of five groups native to the area. These cultures have remained intact largely due to the isolating conditions that they inhabit. For them, UNECAFE has been instrumental in unifying these producers who collectively cultivate more than 13,000 acres of coffee.

Member farms have worked to curb deforestation, monitor carbon sequestration and initiate reforestation projects—planting fruit and timber trees to create live fences and reforesting degraded pasture land. Such efforts have the short-term benefit of earning certifications that allow these producers to raise the price of their, now higher quality, green beans. The long-term benefit is ensuring sustainable livelihoods for these communities and their generations to come—all connected to this land through their ancient lineage.

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Rwanda Dukunde Kawa

Musasa , Gakenke

Cupping notes : Nectarine, Cherry, Caramel
Roast level : LIGHT

Situated near a gorilla habitat in the mountains of Central Rwanda, the Dukunde Kawa is a cooperative of 2000 member farmers, more than 80% of whom are women. Its award winning coffees and support from local and international sources have greatly benefited the producers’ families. In 2003, the cooperative was able to build its first washing station with funding from the Rwandan Ministry of Defense. In turn, the cooperative now donates 10 percent of its net profit annually to fund the construction of other washing stations throughout the country. Since receiving Fair Trade certification in 2004, Dukunde Kawa has implemented a direct training program and continued to improve the standard of living for its farmers.

This coffee is 100 percent Bourbon varietal, grown at high altitudes ranging from 1,500 – 2,000 meters above sea level, which allows for slower ripening and cooler fermentation temperatures. The Bourbon cultivar and extended fermentation process, along with meticulous washing and sorting, produce a lush coffee with complex fruit notes.

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Sumatra Takengon

Takengon , Aceh

Cupping notes :  Tobacco leaf, Dark plum, Molasses
Roast level : MEDIUM

Sumatra Takengon comes from the northwest tip of Sumatra, which is known as the territory of Aceh. Aceh has the largest range of biodiversity in the Asian Pacific region—from the coastal towns, devastated by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, to these remote highlands that have produced coffee for hundreds of years.

Takengon is situated in these highlands on the shores of the crystal clear Lake Laut Tawar. The cool, consistent temperatures of the 4,000-5,000 ft. elevations are ideal for growing coffee. And the abundant, pristine water supply is a boon to production, particularly the Wet Hulled Process. Common to most Sumatran coffees, this process begins normally, where the bean is removed from the cherry, fermented and processed to remove the sticky mucilage. The difference is that instead of allowing the remaining bean to dry to a point of stability before removing the final parchment layer, the bean is removed from the parchment much sooner, resulting in a moisture level that is two to three times higher than normal. The result is a bean that has a dark jade color and an unmistakable profile, making for a sweet, smokey cup of coffee.

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