There are roughly three ways to export coffee from Ethiopia. Most buy through the ECX auction - traceable to a region but varies year to year. You can source from a union - traceable to a smaller cooperative, but they sell out quickly at high premiums. Or purchase directly from private land-owners - diamond in the rough - this tactic is rare and risky, as finance and export duties require different skill-sets.
Bahasa was created only 40 years before it was adopted as the national language of Indonesia. In a country boasting 700+ native languages, this was enough time for a language less than a century old to develop an incredible array of accents. Expect the same from Indo's coffee crop as farmers break through the long tradition of bulking and blending, separate micro-lots, and express unique regional profiles.
Longtime backup singer for more famous northern plantations, Tanzania's
Southern Highlands are starting to get their share of the spotlight. Some serious high-altitude, smallholding farmers, spread across a broad network of under-utilized washing stations, makes some regions rich in new and promising talent.
Scouts are out; let's head to Mbeya and hit the road from there.
This is a jaw-dropping, mouth-watering, face-melting, mind-blowing coffee. It is also slightly addictive and in short supply; older trees lead to increasingly common low harvests, which increases competition for the best of the best. In Burundi purchasing more than just the top lots, paying premiums for quality, and committing to year-over-year relationships, are the keys to consistently getting the best beans each and every harvest.
We hope for the same soft tangerine sweetness we've come to love out of Colima, perhaps with a few lots set aside for coco-puff chocolate sweetness or zesty lime acidity, two other profiles we've found in the past.
Everytime you order coffee we send a survey to capture your cupping results. This allows us to give feedback to farmers, source more intentional coffees, and present these coffees using your words. Everyone likes something a bit different - we hope you use the following filters to find the coffee that is right for you.
I wrote a brief blog before travelling to Papua New Guinea for the first time. Now I am back after a short trip to the Highlands, and thought that my armchair article (here) could benefit from a recap. There are a f...
The coffee denominator
How to talk coffee in Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea (PNG) has over 800 languages. This fact is cited so often because it’s one simple phrase that speaks to the island’s incredible di...
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