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This small micro-lot from Colombia was a stunner on our cupping table and soon as we tasted it the first time we knew we had to bring it to you. With notes of vanilla, honey, and a creamy lingering finish it is a standout.
The farm itself is a 10 Hectare masterpiece. Mr. Aldana picks, pulps and ferments for about 18 hours before putting it in a parabolic drier. The coffee rests for about 20 days before being sent down to the local co-op.
Region: Ataco Tolima
Farm: El Tome
Altitude: 1600 MASL
Processing Method: Fully Washed and Sundried
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Along with our other offering from Kenya this coffee has the potential to be our most beloved from the region. It carries a candied apple sweetness from start to finish and has fresh jasmine aromatics. This coffee has been brewed in all different ways and we found the chemex to bring out the best this has to offer.
Feel free to partake and experiment.
Region: Central Province, Thika
Farm: Muiri Estate
Varietal: SL28, SL34, K7 and Ruiru 11
Altitude: 1530 MASL
Processing Method: Fully washed and sundried
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179 hectares of land, 16 hectares dam, 87 hectares of coffee (100% Organic)
Wet processing. Timely and selective hand picking is carried out at the wet mill. Cherry is delivered to the wet mill the same day it is picked. Cherry sorting is carried out at the wet mill prior to the pulping. Red ripe cherries are separated from underipes, overipes and foreign matter. Processing utilizes clean water (wet processing) that is recirculated before disposal into seepage pits. Sun drying is done before delivery of the coffee to the dry mill for secondary processing.
Organic (NOP & EU) IMO
The farm was previously known as Kihoto farm (1969-1975). Later changed in 1976 to Muiri coffee estate after an African tree species called pruners (Muiri in kikuyu language).
This is a farm developed with coffee plantations, a wet mill, borehole, large dam, stores and labour cottages.
Muiri Coffee Estate consists of about 110,000 trees (Sl28, Sl34, K7), with over 46,000 trees of Ruiru 11 interplanted in some of the blocks, 156,000 coffee trees in total.
The farm has over 200 different species of other trees which were planted between the years 2000-2002. Gravellier, approx 25,000 trees, Eucalyptus, appox 40,000. Silver Oak 8,000, Neem 1,000 and 20,000 of different species, about 94,000 trees in total.
To help farm workers and their families, we have allocated land to over 1,000 families for cultivation of beans.
The Farm has been certified Organic from 2008 to date.
Region - Rutsiro District
Farm - Kigeyo Washing Station
Varietal - Mayaguez, Bourbon
Altitude - 1900-2100 MASL
Processing Method - Double Fermentation
Cotton Candy, Orange Soda, Vanilla Cream
Taken from Cafe Imports Website -
Organic COOPAC - Kigeyo Washing Station (GrainPro)
We've been buying for the last five years from Emmanuel, who is both President of Coopac Cooperative and Sacof. He works primarily in the Kivu/Western part of Rwanda, which has always been our favorite area.
Here is a translated testimonial from one of the many many small producers that delivers into Kigeyo. It was translated directly from Kirwanda into English by a Kirwanda and French speaker, so not edited by us.
"My name is Dusabemariya Helene, a widow with five children. I started coffee production with my late husband who inherited the plantation from his late uncle. It was difficutl for us to find buyers for our coffees and the coffee that we produced was not of good quality. It was not easy to plan our future especially after his death. Fortunately SACOF started business and began giving me enough organic fertilizer to enrich the soild in order to produce more coffee and get enough income. My children now go to school through the support of SACOF. Through the goats that I received from SACOF as a gift, the production of coffee has much improved and as result my life changed."
The bulk of Rwandan coffee is sold as ordinary, which is unwashed and not a very clean natural. Premium prices like that paid for this coffee produce both superior cups and allow farmers to live and prosper in a manner that commodity coffee will and can not for the small farmer.
for an additional look atvideo on Coopac Coffee watch this video.
More info on Coopac from www.Coopac.com:
"Coopac was established in April of 2001 with 1100 memebers aiming to regenerate the coffee sector in the Gisenyi region of Lake Kivu. The initial objectives was to take advantage of the excellent natural resources in our region and focus on producing the highest quality coffee for the gourmet market so as to gain higher returns for our collective efforts thereby increase the well being of all our members. COOPAC coffee Prices has been steadily climbing in recognition of the quality improvements in turn the well being of its members has drastically improved through FairTrade initiatives that guarantee the farmers get their fair share. COOPAC went on to cr.onstruct the Nyamwenda washing station in 2003 with partial grant, partial credit. Today, some 50 washing stations dot the northern lake landscape and CCOPAC has achieved FLO certification. The membership in 2004 had risen to 1,500 members. Currently that number stands at 2,198 members from the six areas of Ack, Ubuzima, Tuzamurane, Kopabm, Abakundakurima and Abanyamurava, and exported 12 containers of Fair Trade certified coffee.
COOPAC is currently promoting and providing shade tree saplings and agroforestry education to all its members so as to adhere to strict organic practices with ongoing assistance provided to fair trade community based initiatives which has so far enabled in the construction of schools, health-care clinics, roads and bridges as well as local women and youth development programs."
Region: Pango Pango-Perindingan, Tana Toraja
Varietal: Typica Derivatives
Altitude: 1400-1600 MASL
Processing Method: Fully Washed and Dried at Central Dry Mill
Taken from the Cafe Imports website:
Sulawesi (Celebes), was influenced and controlled by the Netherlands from 1605 until World War II. In 1669 the Dutch East India Company took control of the trade in Sulawesi. The Dutch built Fort Rotterdam in Ujung Pandang (now Makassar) in the mid 1600’s and not until 1905 they finally gained control of the whole island becoming part of the Dutch state colony of the Netherlands East Indies. The Dutch East India Company was in control of coffee production in Indonesia during most the 1700’s and introduced Arabica Coffee (Typica) to Sulawesi in 1750.
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This coffee from Burundi is one of our favorites. The coffee is full bodied and has notes of Merlot, Berry, and Tropical Fruits.
This is the third year in a row for us getting coffee from the Gacokwe Washing Station and the lots have improved greatly each year with this year being no exception. We are happy to work with great importers that do such an amazing job finding these coffees at farm level and allowing us to bring them to you.
Farm: Gacokwe Washing Station
Altitude: 1600–1800 MASL
Processing Method: Fully washed