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Espresso Machine Upgrades

Strada on Bar

Strada on Bar

New espresso machine,

La Marzocco Strada or FB, GB or some more Linea love…

We’re going to need a longer bar.

Fresh coffees now

over 22 years with us. Thank you Rafa

over 22 years with us. Thank you Rafa

New Coffees

Costa Rican Black Honey 

Colombia Gran Esperanza Miel

Yemen Al-Ghayoul



new crop las hermanas

Pretty much says it all.

Pretty much says it all.

The 2014 crop of Las Hermanas, Nicaragua, has arrived in the roastery. We have scheduled the first batch to roast Tuesday June 24th, 2014. This years arrival sample tasted of sweet vanilla caramels with a hazelnut chocolate sauce sprinkled with fresh lemon orange zest when we used the hario cone method of brewing.

Fair Trade, Organic and Kosher certified.

Bolivia Bolivia Bolivia

On the way.

Hatian Relief Roast Recocarno

Another Cafe Au Lait of Haitian coffee .

Meeting Killicaffe Kilimanjaro Tanzania Coffee

We had a meeting and a good discussion with Geoffrey of Killicaffe, Kilimanjaro Coffee, about getting a small lot from a co-op mill in the north of Tanzania and a small lot from a co-op in the south. The tastes are uniquely different as we will show. Plan on February import as the harvest is just finishing (through early November)  – all Fair Trade AA & A quality.


Meeting 12 Apostoles Castil Peru

Exciting news from the 12 Apostoles Casil Cooperative, a new catador (cupper) is onboard and has already begun some improvements to the airflow in the warehouse and a new storage bag for the parchment resting period.

Apostoles are invigorated and look for improvements and additional micro-lot nuance coffees. With the Harvest ending soon look to have fresh Peru Organic, Fair Trade this December.


Meeting Costa Rica Llano Bonito Cooperative

Taking a group picture after the cooperative Llano Bonito meeting where we shared stories of the socio-environmental growth and the upcoming harvest which is set to begin November.

Our first tastes are scheduled for May 2013 with the actual ship arriving June. This season Llano Bonito has agreed to rest a second shipment in its parchment stage in the cooperative and ship layer for the second half of the year. This offer will save a bit of warehousing and insure the integrity and taste.
We have also arranged to have a small amount or a micro-lot selection from the farms of the founding members.

The “Fundatores” blend will ship with the first lots in May so look to pre-order online as the coffee nears Pura Vida from Llano Bonito.

Meeting Oaxaca Mexico

Putla Mexico is a small village fairly remote region outside Oaxaca. The coop has purchased some chickens and goats for additional food security projects and are making upgrades to the cupping lab with some of the FT premiums.

We have arranged to decaffeinate a portion so a new Organic, Fair Trade Water Process coffee will be arriving soon.

Husto Abel Juarez Perez , catador, has been monitoring the harvest and is confident the quality and taste are consistent and inline with previous crop arrivals

SOPPEXCCA, Nicaragua

nicaragua-coffee-pickingThe Society of Small Producers for Coffee Export (SOPPEXCCA) is a union of coffee cooperative comprised of 650 producers from the province of Jinotega in northern Nicaragua. SOPPEXCCA emerged in 1998 when its successor organization fell deeply indebted under a poor administration. Despite the severe challenges of Hurricane Mitch in 1998 and the 380% price collapse in 1999, SOPPEXCCA has become one of the highest quality coffee cooperatives in the country. Under the leadership of director Fatima Ismael, the self-sustaining co-op produces, processes, and markets its own coffee. SOPPEXCCA’s 65% female membership and gender-equality blends makes this a truly exemplary cooperative. SOPPEXCCA became Fair Trade certified by Fairtrade Labeling Organizations International (FLO) in 1998.

With proceeds from the Fair Trade price, the co-op has been able to:

  • Invest in organic training. SOPPEXCCA has provided members with technical assistance for the transition to organic production
  • Empower women. Members established a women’s collective, “Las Hermanas“, through which women produce and market their own coffee
  • Support education. The cooperative funded the construction of a new school and provided member’s children with school supplies and food
  • Provide micro-credit. SOPPEXCCA has provided access to credit for all members, including a specific fund for women’s programs
  • Improve women’s health. The cooperative has educated female co-op members about reproductive health issues and facilitates access to free gynecological cancer tests.

About the Coffee:

Varieties: Caturra, Bourbon

Elevation: 1,000 – 1,400m

Processing: Wet processing and sun drying

Bean Characteristics: SHG

Cup Characteristics: Good flavor and aroma, balanced acidity

Harvest Season: November – March

Export Season: January – June

Organic Production: 30%

Organic Certification Agency: BIOLATINA

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