descriptions are from tasters’ notes…we do not flavor coffees!
FTO=Fair Trade Organic. RFA=Rain Forest Alliance. FG=Farm Gate.
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roast levels: light --> medium --> dark/Vienna --> darkest/French (melange is a blend of differently roasted beans)
South Asia full body, smooth/low acidity, earthy/herbal flavors
Sumatra Aceh Ketiara FTO $16 baker's chocolate, black pepper. Roast: Vienna. A terrific example of the earthy, rich, mellow, too complex to succinctly describe Sumatran style. For devotees, this will be a great find. RCNY: "The Koperasi Pedagang Kopi Ketiara is a women-run cooperative that has over 890 grower-members. The Ketiara Cooperative was started in 2008 by Ibu Rahmah, the current chairwoman, who had operated and managed her family’s coffee business for 20 years-purchasing cherries, processing the green, and selling to local traders. The passionate commitment of the women managers to have all members working together in support of coffee production has enabled Ketiara to expand and become an important supplier to larger coffee traders in Medan, the capital of North Sumatra. The cooperative members voted to become organic and Fairtrade certified in 2012, making a commitment to use these proceeds to create programs for health, education, and public infrastructure projects that will benefit all co-op members." Wet-hulled, sun-dried. Grown at 3937-4921 ft elevation. Varietals: Catimor, Bourbon, Caturra, Typica.
Sumatra Mandheling Sipangan Bolon Organic $16 dark chocolate, caramel, plum. Roast: Vienna. RCNY writes: "Sipangan Bolon is a Sumatran coffee that is sourced from family-operated farms throughout the Sipangan Bolon region; they are located along the shores of Lake Toba, which was formed by a volcano in the province of North Sumatra. A family-owned export company named CV Yudi Putra operates the dry mill and helps with the export preparation while working in partnership with farmers to access the international coffee markets, ensuring quality and greater financial stability for the farmers and their families." Bourbon, Catimor, and Typica, grown at 1150-1300 masl. Wet-hulled and sun-dried, this is another full-bodied, complex cup that may well hook you on Sumatran coffee.
Bali Kintamani Organic $16 walnut, blueberry. Roast: Vienna. A natural-processed coffee, with a good deal of complex fruit flavor (suggesting tamarind, candied pineapple, and caramelized apple) persisting through the dark roast. This is a remarkable cup, full-bodied and powerful enough to pair with baklava, pecan pie, and similarly rich, decadent, essential treats. Royal Coffee NY writes: "Among the Archipelago nation of Indonesia lies its hidden Jewel, the island of Bali. The eruption of the Gunung Agung Volcano in 1963 caused a delay in the progress of modern-day coffee cultivation causing the government to enact programs in the 1970’s and 1980’s to help rejuvenate coffee production. With the distribution of coffee seedlings to local farmers, an island wide coffee growing campaign began. Today, the coffee growing area in Bali is an estimated 7,500 hectares. The Kintamani highlands, where most coffee is grown, sits atop a large volcanic plateau between 1,300-1,700 meters altitude. Coffee tree varieties include a high percentage of Bourbon and Typica, along with shade trees such as Erythrina, Albizia, Tangerine and Orange. The use of pesticides is prohibited on Bali and all fertilizers are 100% organic. The Subak Abian is a traditional farming structure organization in Bali, similar to a farmer cooperative. There are 13 different Subak Abians that are currently growing and processing coffee. The “SA” oversee both agricultural technology and religious activities. The promotion of improved coffee growing practices is expected to enhance not only agricultural technology but social and economic standing in Bali as well." Natural-processed and sun-dried Bourbon and Typica, grown at 1300-1700 masl.
Java Taman Dadar Organic $16 milk chocolate, licorice, pepper. Roast: medium. Suitable for all coffeemakers. This is a surprising coffee. It is not the same old stuff people may associate with Java, i.e. essentially that it's to establish a stable base for blends. This one actually has it all: it's delicate, even, with tones of maple, toffee, and walnut baklava. "Taman Dadar means 'flower garden,' which is the name the local farmers give to their area. This coffee comes from smallholder farmers in the villages of Curah Tatal and Kayumas on the Ijen Plateau in eastern Java. After employing organic farming techniques for generations, the farmers obtained organic certification enabling them to receive a premium for their production of this excellent coffee." Typica grown at 2,900 to 5,200 ft elevation.
Americas lighter body, bright acidity, nutty or floral spice
El Salvador La Esperanza RFA $16 milk chocolate, orange, sugar cane. Roast: medium to Vienna. RCNY writes: "After over 100 years of experience, love and pride in coffee growing, the descendants of the Magaña-Menendez family have been at the forefront of quality and control handling. This, coupled with their struggle for sustainability and social function have been the main ingredients for their high quality coffee. As a member of Rainforest Alliance, La Esperanza and the Magaña-Menendez family take great care in growing all while taking the right steps to better preserve the ecosystem in which their coffee grows." Apaneca, Ahuachapán, El Salvador. Bourbon grown at 1,300 - 1,500 meters. Click here for video.
Brasil Nossa Senhora de Fatima Organic $16 chocolate, butterscotch, peanut. Roast: medium. A great espresso and blending bean. Royal Coffee NY writes: "The Nossa Senhora de Fatima farm is owned by Ricardo de Aguiar Resende and his wife, Gisele, both of whom are 3rd generation coffee producers. They live on the farm and are very dedicated to their work. They have developed and implemented several social projects, including housing for workers, the building of a school, and an education program for the workers' children. The farm consists of 395 hectares, of which 235 are planted with coffee. Environmental protection and preservation are a priority for Ricardo and Gisele. They have invested in replanting native trees, taking care of the native flora and fauna, and the development of a reforestation process for shade trees. To improve the quality of the beans, the owners have created organic compost fertilizers and are using micro-organisms from the farm to enhance and to feed the trees." Minas Gerais province, 1000 meters. Natural process, sun-dried. Varietals: Acaia, Catuai, Mundo Nova, Bourbon.
Colombia Sol Naciente Sierra Nevada FTO $16 cherry, dark chocolate, caramel. Roast: medium. RCNY writes: "Sol Naciente was created in 2008 with the goal of uniting competing producers from the Sierra Nevada region. These producers come from two townships: Siberia and San Pedro which are located in the municipality of Ciénaga. The majority of these producers are recognized victims of armed conflict and they are in a program for land restitution. Now that they have regained their land, they decided to put it to good use and produce high quality organic coffee." Varietals: Castillo, Colombia, Típica, & Caturra, grown at 850-1500 masl.
Mexico Oaxaca SHG Organic $16 almond, dark chocolate, cream. Roast: medium to Vienna. This coffee is from "Unidad Ecológica para el Sector Café Oaxaqueño, also known as UNECAFE. This is an association of small coffee producers founded in 2011. UNECAFE is run by members of the Chatino, Zapoteco, Mixteco, Chontal, and Chinanteco indigenous groups who live in 30 communities in the coffee regions listed to the left. UNECAFE has nearly 2,198 members, forty percent of which are women. Collectively,UNECAFE cultivates more than 13,359 acres of coffee. Members currently participate in the following projects: Agroforestry and Carbon Sequestration, The Chatino Center for Ecological Agriculture, The Community Learning Center, and The Coffee and Sustainable Development Fund." Varietals: Typica, Criollo, Bourbon, Mundo Novo, and Caturra. 900-1600 meters.
Peru La Florida FTO $16 almond, peanut, dark chocolate. Roast: Vienna. Well-suited to all coffee-making methods. RCNY: "In 1965, a group of 100 small-scale coffee farmers from the Chanchamayo region came together to establish the La Florida Cooperative. Today, the coop has grown to over two thousand farmers who work together to improve the quality of coffee La Florida produces. The revenue from their Fair Trade sales has brought education, infrastructure, credit, and environmental consciousness to this rural area. The coop has established The Occupational Learning Center for Sustainable Agriculture, which offers training in environmentally-friendly farming techniques, as well as providing healthcare services in rural areas, technical assistance in crop diversification to create additional income, maintenance of five roads, portable water systems, schools, a bridge, a health clinic, and they have purchased machinery and land to assist with coffee production. In 2005, La Florida won 6th place in Peru’s National Quality Competition." Varietals: Bourbon, Catimor, Typica, Caturra and Pache.
Guatemala Huehuetenango FTO $16 brown sugar, orange. Roast: medium. Smooth and rich, medium-bodied. RCNY writes: "ASOBAGRI or The Asociacion Barillense de Agricultores was founded in 1989 by 20 Mayan coffee and cardamom farmers. It currently has more than 1,200 cooperative members. The members of ASOBAGRI are from approximately 30 small villages in the Huehuetenango region, surrounded by the Cuchumantanes Mountains and the Maxbal Forest Reserve. This coffee is shade grown under guava, plantain and banana trees. ASOBAGRI promotes sustainable agriculture by training its farmers in organic production methods and they continue to reinvest in their infrastructure while exploring new quality control measures through financing and operating their own warehouses and drying patios." Varietals: Bourbon and Caturra, grown over 1650 meters.
Nicaragua Selva Negra RFA $16 cocoa, almond. Roast: medium/dark. RCNY writes: "The Selva Negra Estate Coffee is located in the highlands of Matagalpa, Nicaragua. Owners and operators, Eddy and Mausi Kuhl, are continually improving their processes and searching for the most ecological means of producing their coffee in addition to improving the quality of life for all who live there. They live on the farm and assure that it is a wonderful place that you have to see to believe. They were awarded the SCAA Sustainability Award in 2007. Aside from being a model for sustainable farms in the area, they have also been recognized for the excellent cupping characteristics of their high quality coffee. As a result they recently received a Q Auction rating and the Rainforest Alliance Cupping for Quality award." Bourbon, Caturra, and Catuai, grown at 1220 masl.
Nicaragua Paraiso Organic Jinotega $16 dark chocolate, walnut, plum. Roast: medium to Vienna. RCNY writes: "The Organic Nicaraguan Paraíso coffee comes from five small farms located in the municipality of Jinotega within the department of Jinotega, Nicaragua. Juan de Dios Castillo and his wife Miriam Aruaz began buying the land to form the Paraíso farms in the 1980’s with money earned from their tailor shop, which is still in operation today. Much of the coffee business has been passed on to Juan and Miriam’s five children who formed J&M Family Coffee (“J” for Juan and “M” for Miriam) to export high quality coffee without compromising the environment. J&M Family Coffee operates their own wet and dry mill, which gives them full control of processing the coffee." Varietals: Caturra, Catuai, Bourbon, Catimor, and Marogogype. 1,150-1500 meters.
Africa and Arabia medium to full body, bright/tangy acidity, fruit/wine-like qualities
Congo Kivu Organic $16 caramel, buttery/nutty cocoa tones, milk chocolate. Roast: medium. Any coffeemaker, especially suited to french press. Royal Coffee NY writes: "Our Organic Kivu Special Prep coffee is grown and processed by the Soprocopiv cooperative located in the province of North Kivu in the northwestern section of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and is dry-milled in the village of Butembo. The Soprocopiv coop is dedicated to sourcing and processing coffees from different farms around the North Kivu region. The coop was created in 2004 by a group of farmers who were motivated to improve their lives – specifically to improve education and healthcare services – through the production of specialty coffee. Their focus on good processing techniques that are supported by organic certification have led to development of better coffee that can be offered at a higher price level to the international market because of its quality. The coop members have the economic benefit of a sustainable income so that they can reinvest and continue to improve their techniques in planting, growing, and processing to ensure consistent, high quality coffee production." Bourbon varietal grown at 5,000 ft +, fully washed, patio sun-dried.
b l e n d s
R O M F O R D $16 Well-balanced, full-bodied melange inspired by the bold, rich blends of northern Europe. Designed for the espresso maker, also suitable for the french press. Currently a blend of beans from Bali, Brasil, and Nicaragua.
HIDDEN VALLEY $16 This blend (formerly called Steep Rock) was created in honor of our neighboring land preserve. We donate ten percent of sales to the Steep Rock Association to help support their work. A rich layer cake with notes of smooth dark chocolate and pecan, this blend will keep you powered up no matter what your activity is, and whichever way you prepare the stuff. Currently a blend of beans from Congo, Uganda, and Nicaragua.
TORREFAZIONE WASHINGTON $16 mocha, earthy, butterscotch. This blend has an earthy, walnut-like quality from the Sumatran, rich caramel tones from Java, and smooth dark chocolate from Nicaragua. A rich cup for any coffee making method.
CAFFETROTTSCHI $16 named for Leon Trotsky, this is a blend of medium-roast Central and South American beans. Notes of milk chocolate, almond, and citrus. Try it with biscotti. Crafted with espresso in mind, but it will make a lively cup via any coffee maker. Currently a blend of Oaxaca, El Salvador, and Colombia.
Mexico Oaxaca water-process FTO $16 smooth dark chocolate. Roast: dark/Vienna. Less acidic than regular coffee due to the water-process. RCNY writes: "Mexico Fair Trade Organic Oaxaca GP coffee is produced by Unidad Ecológica para el Sector Café Oaxaqueño, also known as UNECAFE. This is an association of small coffee producers founded in 2011. UNECAFE is run by members of the Chatino, Zapoteco, Mixteco, Chontal, and Chinanteco indigenous groups who live in 30 communities in the coffee regions listed to the left. UNECAFE has nearly 2,198 members, forty percent of which are women. Collectively, UNECAFE cultivates more than 13,359 acres of coffee. Members currently participate in the following projects: Agroforestry and Carbon Sequestration, The Chatino Center for Ecological Agriculture, The Community Learning Center, and The Coffee and Sustainable Development Fund." Varietals: Typica, Criollo, Bourbon, Mundo Novo, and Caturra, grown in the Costa, Sierra Sur, Mixteca, Cañada and Papaloapan coffee regions at 900-1600 masl.