descriptions are from tasters’ notes…we do not flavor coffees! FTO=Fair Trade Organic. RFA=Rain Forest Alliance. FG=Farm Gate.
whole bean only / listed prices are per pound / to order email firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Bali Blue Moon Organic RFA $16 chocolate, walnut, cherry. Roast level: Vienna (these beans will not have a uniform color). Suitable for all coffeemakers, ideal for espresso. Royal Coffee NY writes: “The Kintamani highlands, where most coffee is grown, sits atop a large volcanic plateau between 1300-1700 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. This Jewel among coffees stands out with smooth body and overwhelming chocolate flavors.” Bourbon and Typica, wet-hulled. This process removes the outer skin of the red cherries by pulping machine. The mucilage-covered parchment is then put into fermentation tanks for 24-36 hours. After washing, the parchment is then dried on racks or mats to 40% moisture, then it is hulled and the drying process is finished.
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.
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.
Timor Organic $16 dark chocolate, cherry. Roast: dark/French. A rich, smooth coffee, whatever the coffee-making method. RCNY writes: "The Cooperativa Cafe Timor (CCT) works with very small farms in East Timor. The majority of land owners own less than a hectare of land. The CCT was established in 1994 with the help of the USDA and NCBA. and in 2001, the cooperative obtained Fair Trade certification. The farms are located in Maubesse, an area of high altitude and a sub-district in the Ainaro district; Atsabe, in the Ermera district; the Lequisa district; and the Aifu region. The coffee from East Timor was originally planted over 400 years ago by Portuguese colonists. However, after an epidemic of coffee leaf rust, the replanting of plants occured and led to the creation of a new coffee varietal, Hibrido de Timor."
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: light/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 Organic Santa Marta $16 milk chocolate, caramel, almond. Roast: medium. A superb all-purpose coffee. RCNY writes: "The Sierra Nevada region has a history of indigenous communities living in this area, which is linked to their tradition of organic production. In Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, there is a single harvest per year, as opposed to the rest of Colombia which experiences two harvest seasons. The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range is located in Northern Colombia and it is the highest coastal mountain range in the world. The indigenous families growing coffee in this region refrain from using any synthetic products and they firmly believe in coexisting in harmony with nature." Varietals: Caturra, Castillo, Typica. 900-1600 meters.
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 Organic $16 a favorite of many, and we have been looking forward to its return! This season has notes of almond, peanut, and dark chocolate. Roast: medium to dark/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, rich, full-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 Finca Mierisch $16 milk chocolate, papaya, butterscotch at darker roasts. Roast: medium to Vienna. A beautiful cup of coffee. Entirely Orange Bourbon, washed, shade-grown, at 1350-140 masl. This coffee, from a small farm in the Matagalpa region, is part of a select lot mostly bound for Joe Coffee in NYC. We're very pleased to be able to offer it here & we find it well-suited for espresso and filter alike.
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.
Uganda Bugisu Organic $16 cocoa, raisin. Roast: dark/Vienna to French. This bean has everything. Just make some and you'll see what I mean (and yes, use any coffee maker). Shipped in Grainpro bags, so you know it’s as fresh as possible. Full-bodied, low-acidity, terrific coffee. Here's what they're saying: "Sipi Falls is a beautiful landmark in Uganda, originating from Mount Elgon. According to many, Elgon was once the tallest mountain in Africa. The Sipi Falls Coffee Project was initiated by Kawacom in 1999. It now incorporates over 5,000 small-holder farmers who cover an area of over 2,000 hectares. With training, young trees, and extension services provided by Kawacom, farmers are improving agronomic practices for both higher quantity and higher quality yield, which generates more income. Extensive use of intercropping provides both shade and compost for the coffee trees as well as food for the farmers and their families.”
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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. Recommended for espresso. 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.
NORTHERN ITALIAN ESPRESSO $16 a blend of medium-roast Central and South American beans. Notes of milk chocolate, almond, and citrus. Have it with biscotti. This blend is crafted especially for the espresso machine, but it will make a lively cup via any other coffee maker. Currently a blend of Oaxaca, El Salvador, and Colombia.
Honduras COMSA Coop water-process FTO $16 smooth dark chocolate. Roast: dark/Vienna. You would never guess this is decaf from the full-bodied flavor. Less acidic than regular coffee due to the water-process.