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 Bado

Buesaco , Nariño

Cupping notes : Vibrant Acidity, Green Apple, Caramel Cream
Roast level : LIGHT

Maria Etelvina Diaz embodies not only the passion for premium quality coffee, but a legacy of family tradition. After her husband, Humberto Luis Lopez, passed away, she and her son Nilson Luis Lopez continued to nurture and tend to the farm. Their dedication and commitment to quality is reflected by this immaculate coffee. Maria was the 1st place winner of the 2012 “Cup of Excellence” and El Bado is the current record-holder for Cup of Excellence awards in the region with four consecutive top-twenty placements.

Nariño is located in the southernmost tip of the country, just above the equator, where sun is abundant throughout the year and the soils benefit from the nearby Galeras Volcano. Grown at extreme altitudes topping 2,200 meters above sea level, El Bado is able to thrive because of the warm humid winds that drift up the mountain side. The fruit develops slowly, which translates to exceptional bean density and sugar accumulation resulting in a coffee that has very defined berry notes, vibrant acidity and lingering flavors of maple and sweet cream.

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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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Organic Ethiopia Bedhatu Jibicho, Natural

Gedeb District , Gedeo Zone

Fair Trade/Organic

Cupping notes : Guava, Peach, Strawberry Jam
Roast level : LIGHT

This remarkable coffee comes from a micro-lot at the award-winning Banko Gotiti cooperative, located in the Gedeb sub-region of Gedeo, Ethiopia. It’s a remarkable example of the indigenous heirloom coffees that are grown in the birthplace of coffee. It’s also remarkable that, when the Banko Gotiti cooperative was established in 2013, Bedhatu Jibicho’s farm was recognized as a community model for improving harvesting methods by the other members. But most remarkable is that Bedhatu Jibicho is over 80 years old, and that she has managed the farm operations since the first day the government gave the land to her husband, over 50 years ago! After her husband passed away in 1991, Bedhatu continued farming, becoming an early member of the Worka Cooperative before joining Banko Gotiti to be closer to her farm.

Now, Bedhatu’s adult children have joined her in the family’s farm business. By combining the education of the second generation—including degrees in forestry, environmental development and business management—with their parents’ rich tradition of coffee production, the Robas’ farm is becoming more efficient and even more successful. They set up their own washing station as well as a drying bed for processing on site. The growing premiums from coffee sales have allowed for further plans that include production growth and the establishment of an export company.

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Organic Guatemala Cafe de Mujeres Santo Domingo

La Libertad , Huehetenango

Cupping notes : Mandarin, Raspberry, Brown Sugar
Roast level : MEDIUM-LIGHT

Our new Café de Mujeres Santo Domingo comes from the Guatemala coffee region of Huehuetenango. This Fair Trade/Organic coffee is the result of a story of empowerment. The 12 women of Santo Domingo shared ideas and dreams of organic coffee farming in their small community of La Libertad. Farms in the surrounding area are primarily estates and, at the time, women were scarcely land owners or farmers. Overcoming these societal norms with steadfast determination, the women began acquiring land for themselves, established their co-op and are now seeing success as coffee producers.

Their independent organization operates under a larger umbrella group, but their co-op receives direct payment for its coffee. For the women, managing the funds for themselves and making choices around investments is a source of great pride. They have directed monies toward bettering their children’s education, improving their farms, and expanding revenue sources. Co-op ventures now range from sales of their organic fertilizer to sales of their own bread, baked at their newly built bakery, and social projects such as beekeeping, goat keeping, and classes in agronomic best practices.

The community leader of the Santo Domingo co-op was recognized with the “Medalla de la Oficina Nacional de la Mujer”, granted by the national office of women’s empowerment for dedication to promoting women’s socioeconomic status in Guatemala.

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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 Bufcafe

Karaba , Nyamagabe

Cupping notes : Meyer Lemon,  Ripe Strawberry, Dark Plum, Earl Grey
Roast level : LIGHT

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.

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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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