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 arrange mail-order, email email@example.com
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
Sulawesi Toraja Rantekarua Estate Organic $16 molasses, licorice, cocoa. Roast: Vienna. From an estate on the slopes of Mount Karua in the Bittuang district of Tana Toraja Regency in South Sulawesi, four hours on rocky roads from the nearest major city, Rantepao. Fully washed and sun-dried. Catimor, S795 and Typica, grown at 1400-1700 masl.
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.
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.
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
Uganda Organic $16 cocoa, raisin, dark Toblerone. 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.”
Ethiopia Yirgacheffe $18 honey, peach, raspberry. Roast: medium. RCNY writes: "This organic Ethiopia coffee comes from a variety of different farms from the GEDEB region, - these farms are part of the YCFCU or Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union, located in GEDEB within the Gedeo Zone. YCFCU currently has 24 member coops and each primary cooperative elects their own governing committee and professional farm managers. The governing committees make decisions about investing in new equipment purchases, scheduling tree maintenance, and how to structure payments to members. the professional managers for each primary cooperative oversee the harvest and processing procedures and are accountable for the coop’s members and other committees." The beans are sun-dried on raised beds and washed. Indigenous heirloom arabica, grown at 1650-1900 masl.
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.
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.