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 firstname.lastname@example.org
roast levels: light --> medium --> dark/Vienna --> darkest/French (melange is a blend of differently roasted beans)
our coffee is sold at The Smithy, The Washington Food Market, Hidden Valley Eatery, and Valley Spirit
South Asia full body, smooth/low acidity, earthy/herbal flavors
Bali Kintamani Organic $16 walnut, blueberry. Roast: Vienna to French. 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
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, 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.
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.