Tasting Notes: peach / savory / cocoa
Variety: SL-14, SL-28
Elevation: 1900 meters
Farmers in the lush volcanic hills of Mount Elgon grow excellent SL-14 and SL-28 varieties at some of Africa's highest elevations, but, for years, poor processing has held them back. The Chema washing station is pioneering processing improvements at every step to bring us a refined coffee with savory notes of stone fruit and cocoa.
LOS ROSALES, Colombia
Tasting Notes: black cherry / plum / milk chocolate
Elevation: 1,900-2,200 meters
Cafés Especiales is a cooperative of about 50 farmer members in and around the town of Buesaco and Tablón de Gómez. Formed only two years ago, they mostly have sold their coffee to large commercial exporters and just started working to focus on higher quality coffees through our partners Virmax last year.
While the cooperative has around 50 members, this lot is from only three farmers: Florencio Nunez, Hugo Moncayo, and Sara Gomez. Each grower process their coffee on their own mini-washing station and dries the coffee on patios at their farms. The overall quality of the coffee and our first meeting this year with the enthusiastic farmers of Cafés Especiales have us excited about the future of this growing coop!
Tasting Notes: dark chocolate / fig / brown sugar
Variety: Caturra & Burbon
Elevation: 1,640-2,150 meters
Sipacapa was founded in 2009 with the help of an international non-governmental organization. This group recognized the need for local economic opportunities that were alternatives to the dominant mining industry that was damaging the environment and human health. The group is also committed to continually transitioning a larger percentage of producers to organic production.
Sipacapa's coffee first appeared in our holiday coffee years ago, and their quality and execution laid the groundwork for our ongoing relationship.
Fewer than 300 producers make up Sipacapa—which is growing quickly thanks to interest among people in the area. The majority of the producers have less than one hectare of land. Sipacapa is one of six secondary cooperatives that deliver coffee to the primary cooperative, Manos Campesinas. The years ahead will no doubt hold great growth and advancements in quality for Sipacapa.
Tasting Notes: mulled wine / apricot / honey
Variety: SL 28/34
Elevation: 1,800 meters
Amazingly complex and vibrant peaberry lot from the Gakuyu farmers cooperative in the Mathira East district of Kenya. You'll immediately take note of its physical appearance: small, dense, rolled-up looking little peaberries. While that alone doesn't indicate quality potential, we certainly love the evenness and density of the small beans and how explosive this lot is! We are absolutely enamored with its clean, supple, winey profile. It's full package coffee, with notes ranging from raspberry to dark chocolate, mango, and honey.