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July recap, August updates 

August 07, 2015
Category: in Monthly Updates

LATIN AMERICAN MICRO-LOTS  //  SIGN-UP FOR SAMPLES
SPOT COFFEE OFFERS  //  AUGUST 2015

JULY UPDATE  | There was a time when summers were slow, right? Not this one. July was a big month for new coffees and cupping events, and we are only picking up speed as we enter August. With so much going on let's start by sharing the biggest news first.

GUATEMALA, HONDURAS & MEXICO MICRO-LOTS are available through a first-of-its-kind partnership with Axiom Coffee Ventures. That's 32 lots of 2 to 70 bags each arriving mid-August at the Oakland Annex.

We initially learned about Axiom through their expertise in helping emerging farmer groups in Central America to access pre-crop financing. Later we learned they have Q labs in Guatemala, Honduras, Oaxaca and Nicaragua - and just last week we spent quality time with their Q-cupping team, Jorge (Guatemala) and Israel (Mexico) during a calibration kick-off in NY. 

We cupped over forty lots together, and tasted enough 90 point coffees that we became big believers in the work they do. A special thanks goes out to Stephan Erkelens who put the team together, as well as Jorge and Israel for traveling to NYC to cup, calibrate and present these coffees.

Similarly, a big thank you to the roasters who joined us last Friday to taste these smallholder lots. We learned a lot and loved having everyone in our Brooklyn Showroom to share the experience. 

If you have a rotating feature coffee, or are looking for a little something special, I would absolutely get involved with these guys and check out these microlots. They've put years of work into these communities, and some of the coffees are absolute gems.  

To participate (and you should), please fill out this survey.
We'll match you with samples that fit your preferences. 


NEW ARRIVALS  We landed new Sumatra Mandheling lots, Piso Surit and Singgalang.  Our Ugandan Kapchorwa and Buginyanya coffees arrived.  We are very excited to have our Mexico Guerrero Natural back as well. In addition, our first Ethiopian of the year just cleared - the Biftu Gudina - and it's a stunner. A sweet, focused, juicy, honeyed cup.

ORIGIN TRAVEL This month we'll be reaching out to those who have expressed interest in travelling to origin together. Next up (tentative) are Sumatra (Oct. 2015), Ethiopia (Jan. 2016), Uganda + Kenya + Tanzania + AFCA Conferences (Feb. 2016), Mexico (Mar. 2016).  Please let us know if you have interest in joining as a buyer on any of these trips.

UPCOMING ARRIVALS  Already arrived and waiting to clear at Continental Terminals are coffees from the Uganda Bulaago Project - our longest running contiguous relationship at origin.  Also clearing soon are new Ethiopians, including a Washed Yirgacheffe Kochere Gr1 and a single-farm Limmu Natural. Come the first week of September we will start off our days with cups of coffee fresh in from Colima, Mexico, then cycling in a few Kenyan and Aceh micro lots that arrive later in the month. 

THANK YOU  for informing and supporting our efforts.  If you are looking for coffees anytime this month please keep your eyes peeled for new offerings via email, or get in touch so that we can get samples to you. 

- Taylor, Jake, Dan, Ben, and Maya
SELECT SPOTS |  These are coffees that are scoring 85 + on our cupping tables.  

Axiom Microlots (Hondo, Mex, Guat ) // view available lots // request samples
Ethiopia Biftu Gudina  // 300 bags // extremely sweet, honeyed cup, juicy tangerine and apricot as it cools.  more info
Tanzania Mwalyego AA // 75 bags // sweet almond, stonefruits in aroma.  sparkling lime acidity, melon and mango emerge as the cup cools.  more info
Burundi Buhorwa Lot 1 // 44 Bags // Sweet nut and flowers. Butternut, apple, fresh-cut fir in aroma and cup. pleasant orange, crisp finish.  more info
Buklonzo FT Nayabirongo WS // 80 Bags // figs, raisins, almond, citric acid and demonstrated sweetness in cup.  more info
THIS JUST IN | Get in touch for samples

Ethiopia Biftu Gudina  // 300 bags // extremely sweet, honeyed, tangerine, dreamsicle 
Uganda Bukonzo Organics, Rwenzori FTO and FT  // 200 bags //  citrus, caramel, apricot
Uganda Kapchorwa Farmer Group  //  5  bags //  lemon, chocolate
Uganda Buginyanya Farmer Group  //  47  bags //  lemon, peach, melon
Mexico 'Oro Natural', Natural Guerrero // 85 bags // strawberry, almond, marzipan
Sumatra Mandheling Similungun Piso Surit // 41 bags //  cedar, carrot, melon, balsamic, stonefruit
Sumatra Mandheling Similungun Singgalang  // 62 bags // oak, marzipan, acorn squash, fennel
 
UPCOMING OFFERS |  Lots arriving in the next 60 days.  Check online to sign up for samples, or email us with questions. 

Uganda Bulaago, Top-farmers group in Mt. Elgon region  // 320 bags //  August arrival
Ethiopia Yirg Bajaj, Yirgecheffe Region, Kochere District  // 120 bags //  August arrival
Ethiopia Kossa Geshe, Keffa Zone, Natural Process // 200 Bags // August arrival
Mexico 'Volcan de fuego', Washed coffee from Colima   // 105 bags //  August arrival
Kenya Wamuguma, Kanake, Watuha Washing Stations // 129 bags //  September arrival
 
Good coffee comes from good people. We believe that everyone - the farmer, exporter, importer, roaster and barista - adds value to the final experience. We believe that the best way to get the best coffee is to invest in the people who help to make coffee special. We believe in the power of relationships. We believe that coffee builds relationships, and that trade with meaning can educate your customers and engage your staff. We believe that roasters and farmers both want the same out of their coffee, and that we all win by being the best customers we can be to the best farmers we can find. Read more about why we do what we do and tell us what you believe. www.croptocup.com /aboutus
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