Well-rounded with notes of fruit, cocoa, nut & cereal.
Papua New Guinea: This Kiam community lot comes from producer Paul Pora of the Jiwaka Province. Paul holds degrees in Agriculture and Agricultural Breeding. Before becoming a producer himself, he worked with the Coffee Research Institute in Papua New Guinea.
The cherry used at the Kiam Mill is extremely selective and only ripe ‘picked on the day’ cherry is purchased. Cherry is either collected from regular farms and brought to the mill or is delivered to the wet mill by a regular supply chain of farmers.
All the cherry is pulped, washed, soaked and sun dried to 11 percent moisture content. The coffee is then stored as parchment for transportation to our central processing mill in Goroka, approximately 120 miles away in the Eastern Highlands Province, where it’s hulled for shipment. To preserve quality, the coffee stays in the highlands — where it’s far less humid — and is transported another 200 miles by road to the port city of Lae, only just in time to meet the vessel.
Honduras: see below
Sweet, plum, brown sugar, dark chocolate, & cereal with medium body. Fair Trade, Organic.
Producer: Empresa de Servicios Multiples Cafetalera
Locale: Peña Blanca, Cortes, near to Yojoa Lake in the Santa Barbara Mountains
Genetic Varieties: Ihcafe 90, Lempira, Pacas, Catuai, and Bourbon
Originally, the CIELITO LINDO farmers were organized as an informal group, but in 2014 the CIELITO LINDO coffee farmers decided to be legally organized, and started to be a recognized organization in the coffee world, taking advantage of the fame taken by the specialty coffee producers in Cielito Lindo area and also taking advantage of the support given by Exportadora San Vicente with the organization and marketing.
Peanut, citrus, dried fruit, chocolate, popcorn. Traceable.
Owner: Henrique Dias Cambraia
Region: Campos das Vertentes, South of Minas Gerias
Genetic Variety: Yellow Bourbon
Process: Pulped Natural
One of the member estates of Santo Antônio Estates, Fazenda Samambaia has been in the Cambraia family since 1896. The current generation, headed by Henrique Dias Cambraia, is expanding the original holdings and modernizing much of the production and processing.
Samambaia has recently been doing some experimental lots of hand-picked, small batch naturals–at the opposite end of the spectrum from the mass-produced natural coffee that Brazil is known for. This is one of those lots.
Juicy & sweet. Full-bodied with notes of stone fruit, cherry, cacao, & toasted marshmallow.
Owner: Angele Ciza, Kahawa Link Company
Washing Station: Murago
Genetic Variety: Mainly Bourbon
Process: Fully Washed
From Angele Ciza: “Kalico Mama is the name of a new brand of coffee that we produce in partnership with ATLAS [Coffee Importers] and is a women-produced coffee. This coffee comes from female farmers (widows, single mothers and other women). We operate this coffee separately to other coffees delivered to the washing station. The concept behind the new brand is to promote women in the coffee industry, starting from empowering women producers as well as disabled women. We have made a special bag design to make the coffee unique and more visible. A local sewing group of disabled women sew the special bag art, and out of the profit margin we get from the coffee we will redistribute in a social corporate responsibility way or add extra money on the cherries delivered. We will work with the producers and women on a project that will be beneficial. This past (2018-2019) crop is our first production of Kalico Mama. This year we started with Murago and Muramba washing stations.”
We are super excited to feature 2 micro-lots from this amazing co-op. Located in the Tolima region of central Colombia La Asociación de Productores Ecológicos de Planadas (ASOPEP) was founded in January, 2013, with the following mission: “To be known as an association that creates opportunities for the personal growth of its members, protects the environment, innovates in commercial business processes and is always in the vanguard of specialty coffee producers worldwide.” ASOPEP is a thriving organization of 168 coffee farming families, based in the idyllic town of Planadas. The department of Tolima is one of Colombia’s most productive coffee growing areas, but only relatively recently has coffee from Planadas caught the attention of specialty coffee buyers.
Planadas is a bustling commercial center, where local farmers growing all types of produce in the foothills of the Cordillera Central bring in their goods for sale and distribution. Terrific elevation, warm days & cool nights and young, healthy trees all contribute to the fantastic quality coffee produced in and around Planadas.
Look below for our 2 beautiful ASOPEP offerings.
We’re excited to say that there is only one bag of this coffee in existence, and we have it! Rather than the standard washed coffees coming from ASOPEP, this coffee has been honey processed. This means that the fresh coffee cherry is first de-pulped like a washed coffee removing the outer skin of the fruit and exposing the sticky mucilage. Rather than undergoing fermentation to remove the mucilage as with washed processing, honey processed coffees begin the drying process directly after de-pulping. In this coffee honey processing has led to a round body with nice clarity and vibrant fruit notes.
Sweet, floral, orange, cranberry, & cacao with round body. Fair Trade.
Farm: El Jardin
Genetic Variety: Caturra
Sweet, berry, apple, honey & citrus with creamy body. Fair Trade.
Farm: El Mirador
Genetic Variety: Caturra
Juicy, bright and sweet with floral, cherry, and grapefruit notes. Fair Trade, Organic.
Producer: Muungano Cooperative
Founded in 2009, Muungano coop is comprised of around 4,400 smallholder farmers, nearly half of them women. Gender justice is a principal focus of the members, as is integrating farmers from different ethnic groups into the operation. The word “Muungano” actually means “Togetherness” in the Swahili language. Despite the many challenges faced by coffee producers in the DRC, the co-op members are remarkably focused, professional, and upbeat. Muungano cooperative members are remarkable for their eagerness to learn what they can to deepen commercial relationships and improve the quality of their production. A visit to Muungano is a great reminder of how hard these growers work to produce their coffee – often with incredibly limited infrastructure, and in very difficult circumstances.