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 Finca Las Murgas

Buesaco , Narino

Mejor De Nariño Winner !

Cupping notes : White peach, fresh cream, mandarin
Roast level : LIGHT

Our Colombia Wilson López was deemed 2nd place winner in the most recent Mejor de Nariño competition where coffees from throughout the Nariño department vied for the designation. “Mejor” is a true mark of excellence given that the Nariño department boasts about 30,000 small coffee farms that qualify for this competition established exclusively for microlots.

This coffee, described as “spectacular” by the professional cupping team of judges, comes from young Wilson Rene López and his 4-acre Finca Las Murgas that sits at remarkably high altitudes of 6,600-7,200 feet. Wilson has only managed las Murgas and cultivated coffee for about eight years, but was born into a large farming family, many of whom are also Mejor de Nariño participants.

Wilson, along with other farmers in the region, are supported by InConexus, a direct trade exporter, who works with small farms to achieve the highest standards possible, with sustainability at the forefront. InConexus recognizes that Nariño, with its varied climate and rich soil, has the ability to produce superior coffees. But, also, they recognize that a key goal is to insure that farmers receive sustainable incomes for their crops. With the introduction of the Mejor de Nariño designation, InConexus hopes to create valuable connections and have a long-term impact on coffee farming in the area. If the premium quality of Nariño coffees, such as Wilson’s, is any indication, this partnership is truly making a difference.

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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 guerrilla group in the country, FARC, until recently, when they made a peace pact with local guerrillas.

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Organic Guatemala CODECH

Concepcion Huista , Huehuetenango

Fair Trade/Organic

Cupping notes : Mandarin, Honeysuckle, Caramel
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 Union de Ejidos

Jaltenango and San Fernando , Chiapas

Fair Trade/Organic

Cupping notes : Chamomile, Lemon, Honey
Roast level : MEDIUM-LIGHT

Mexico Union de Ejidos is sourced from family owned farms in the state of Chiapas, in its mountain municipalities Jaltenango and Montecristo de Guerrero. Organized around the Sociedad de Producción Rural Unión de Ejidos y Comunidades San Fernando, these farms average a modest ½ acre in size, but combined San Fernando Ejidos y Comunidades is 1,300 members strong. The cooperative began in the late ’80s to promote coffee production in the region. The farmers also discovered their shared vision to support development in their communities and improve living conditions for producers. In time, this brought them to unify in practices of sustainable cultivation and organic coffee production. Initiatives have included Vermicompost (organic waste transformed into high-quality compost) and agro-ecological training and development. Additionally, community efforts have successfully improved housing, established women-centric training programs, supported the openings of new coffee shops, and launched an alternative hostel for lodging, food and studies. When you enjoy this delicious coffee, you, too, will be making a difference to this humble community.

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Myanmar Kyauk Kuu Pyin, Natural

Kyauk Kuu Pyin Village , Shan State

Cupping notes : Bourbon, Mango, Brown Sugar
Roast level : LIGHT

We proudly present our Myanmar sustainable produced single origin, natural process coffee from the Kyauk Kuu Pyin village in Shan State. Coffee was introduced to Myanmar (formerly Burma) with the British colonization in the mid- 1800s, but it has until now been focused on producing low grade commodity coffee.  Fast forward to 2011 and the first civilian elections in 50 years. Burma transitioned to Myanmar and USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development) engaged the Coffee Quality Institute in an effort to promote economic development in the newly democratic country.

Efforts to redefine Myanmar coffee have been welcomed by the kind, hard-working, small lot farmers of the Shan State where these beans were grown. The farms sit at an elevation of about 5,000 feet. The climate is characterized by a rainy season followed by a  well-defined dry season. The cool, dry temperatures make the Shan State ideal for natural processed coffee which give way to this flavorful cup. After our visit to the Shan State, our Director of Coffee, John Di Ruocco, notes, “Due to the diligence and attention to detail of the local producers, the results have far exceeded expectations. The region can proudly claim they are producing some of the best natural process coffees to be found anywhere.”

USAID continues its initiatives within the coffee-farming communities of Myanmar, as the country continues its transition into democracy. This emerging industry has provided opportunity for economic stability for these agrarian communities, located far from the Rakhine State where Rohingya persecution emerged. Now USAID efforts have expanded to the refugee camps for the scores affected by the Rohingya crisis.

For every bag of Myanmar coffee sold, $2 will be donated to Doctors Without Borders to support their efforts on behalf of the Rohingya refugees.

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Rwanda Bufcafe Remera

Remera , Ginkongoro

Cupping notes : Dark Plum, Cranberry, 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.

 

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Sumatra Takengon

Takengon , Aceh

Cupping notes :  Forest Floor, Cranberry, Toasted Almond
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.

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