In an effort to take steps towards environmental and economic sustainability, we now offer an organic and fair trade Colombian coffee from the Magdalena region. COAGRONEVADA (Cooperativa de Caficultores y Agricultores de la Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta) is a group of 21 cooperatives that pass down their coffee growing techniques generation to generation. Growing coffee in a war torn area, many indigenous farmers destroy their coffee farms in order to grow illegal cash crops. By offering fair trade, farmers are financially able to grow and improve their coffee business, providing generational wealth and stability. Premiums paid allow farmers to develop organic fertilizers and pesticides to prevent leaf rust, as well as improve the homes of their families.
Our organic, fair trade Colombia coffee is shade grown at 3,300 - 4,000 feet. It is marked with notes of toffee, a berry aroma, and a creamy body. A honey-like sweetness keeps this medium roast perky on the palate.
From the Cerrado of Minas region, Carlos Thomas Brasilero grows his coffee. Using the natural, traditional, methods of fermentation the coffee develops a sweetness and fruit characteristic that lingers on and on. Using RFA, Rainforest Alliance, certification a mandate for sustainable ecological and economic improvements is built into the farming practices. The nature and layout of the Fazenda farm means the ripest of coffee cherry can be picked and sundried on the patios. The fruit dries and acts to enhance the flavor in the bean. Once dried, it is hulled and placed into wooden silos for the "reposo" or resting period. 45 days later, lot samples are taken and bags are filled for export. Arriving on the west coast, the coffee will be in a state of shock. After climatization, the coffee is released to Cafe Moto Roasters. Moto likes naturals for a "Dulce", sweet, fruity character similar to a bing cherry with the mildest of acidity. Brazil works well wherereduced acidity is the key. We use it as a base for our Giro D' Italia espresso, "smooth through the curves". * The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land- use practices, business practices and consumer behavior.
The contract reads:
Brazil, Specialty, Screen
17/18, NY 2, HLXU121420-4
Strictly Soft, Natural Process, Crop 2013/14,
Carlos Thomas Brasileiro Grower, Cerrado
of Minas Region, RFA Certified, SCAA 80
Llano Bonito, Tarrazu, Costa Rica.
Llano Bonito Cooperative, Tarrazu, is very fresh, having been stored in parchment until just prior to shipping. After the dry milling and cleaning, we add the cost of the "grain pro" liners to insure lasting integrity
and flavor stability above the Fair Trade base price and the quality incentive. Each October , pre-harvest, we meet and make the arrangements for the upcoming crop. Llano Bonito Cooperative continues to deliver the sweet, vibrant, strong chocolate orange tasting coffee. We use Llano Bonito in the French 2 dark roast FT, Espresso Moto FT and to brighten several other Moto mixes. The power of the relationship and the Fair Trade economics have meant clean drinking water, a medical clinic, books and school supplies and really great coffee since we met in early 2002.
Gerardo Camacho grooms the trees during the harvest
About the farm: The unique micro-climate where Reserve Llano Bonito is cultivated and the strict quality control checks from the farm to port have earned the co-op notoriety in specialty coffee. By guaranteeing quality, the co-op can promise better and more sustainable prices for members’ coffee. Llano Bonito is also committed to protecting the environment where their coffee is produced and recently implemented an oven to dry the coffee, using natural waste, such as coffee parchment, instead of wood, to fuel the machine.
Dark roast, caramelized sugars, syrupy mouth feel, clean finish, straight up bittersweet flavor and a good crema. All of the ingredients have been purchased through the Fair Trade model. We have been working with the same farm co-ops for number of years so they know what we are looking for and have continued their efforts to deliver because they are growing coffee for us.
In our continued efforts to "green" up we have found the right organic coffees with the right farmers to be able to succeed in achieving 100% organic blend with crema and flavor performance.
This is our darkest roast with a bold, smoky, caramelized flavor. We have a special roasting technique to help lock in the flavor. Because we start with a high grown, washed, bright, hardbean coffee, balance is achieved. The coffee is purchased under a Fair Trade model for added benefits from one of our favorite co-operatives, Llano Bonito. The open and direct sale solidifies the expectations of quality and consistency. Now Certified Kosher as well. Blends well with milk and works as espresso when pulled ristretto style.
Very saddening news. We have received word from 21st that the Roya Infection has destroyed a majority of the coffee trees. New crop 2016 has been cancelled.
Hey Torrey, We are still waiting to see if they are able to collect anything (we just got this news this morning, so we are trying to get more info).
Chabela thinks that even after this harvest, there will be another difficult year to come. She does not think that it will be 3-4 years, but at the bare minimum she sees the 2017 harvest also being very difficult. Seems that right now they are intensifying the preventative trainings regarding Roya and good organic agricultural practices, but we have yet to see a long term plan that allows them to get back where they were. Hoping that with more news and a little bit of time they will be able to develop that plan.
Yes, the San Fernando Coop would make sense for a Split Box Decaf, and it is certified FTO.
I want to get type samples sent over ASAP so you can try it, and make sure it is on spec and can fit the profile.
Thanks again for understanding this, and hope that we can find a good fit with Chiapas, and continue to support the 21st of September in this time of crisis.
Best, Dane , Sustainable Harvest
The Oaxacan coffees have always been the favorite and meeting the 21st De Septiembre Cooperative has been a real blessing of a relationship. Their work in the fields brings a subtle cocoa fragrance with sweet graham cracker, nutty, malt flavors. It's mellow, light body and low acidity give this coffee a nice sweet finish. We use the 21st to add a creaminess in several blends including espresso. The reading below is some of the other work we have been apart of with the community. Health, food security, Roya assistance and social equality have been improving through the relationship.
The chicken and egg project is up and running Laying Hen Project Moto
Here's a summary of the coop operations thus far. 21de Septiembre Harvest Update 2014
Met with Casil Cooperative Gerente General about the coming harvest of 12 Apostoles. Also learned and tasted a delicious "miel" , honey, they produce with the bee hives kept on the farms. They sell it to the local market and the coffee trees in the hive area seem to withstand fierce winds and heavy rains better. Did agree on terms for another lot their organic fair trade coffee. Peru, 12 Apostoles Co-op, this micro cooperative formed as the access to credit and financing for farmers becomes a reality with the Fair Trade model. Having been organically farming for 40 years , the 12 founding growers decided their training and special attention to their coffee added to the cup. (Similar to the Nicaraguan Las Hermanas project) We at Cafe Moto have agreed. Currently we roast 12 Apostoles for a smooth, honeyed sweet, mellow pleasant varietal and wonderful compliment to our espresso blends for texture and aroma. Certified Kosher coffee
About the farm: The coffee is grown at more than 1600 meters in the cool highlands of Northeastern, Peru, St Ignacio region surrounding the Tobacanos National Environmental Sanctuary
French Roast Fair Trade-Organic Guatemalan from the Huehuetango region. We guide this excellent coffee through its course, asserting a strong roast profile to finish with a gust of caramelized and smoky sugar. The tart fruit flavor is barely detectable beneath the smooth and syrupy flavor that we bring out in the dark roast and body. Aromatically, one of our most dynamic and robust coffees with the added benefits of Kosher, Organic, and Fair Trade certifications
Price: from $12.90
Price: from $17.86