Located in Oromia, about 400 Km south of Addis Ababa, the Nensebo woreda is home to a collection of smallholder farmers totaling 5,000 hectares of coffee. So what are smallholders farmers? Imagine growing coffee in your large backyard (or in the forest behind your house). The average farm size in Nensebo is two hectares and producers cultivate a range of heirloom coffee varieties, including wild varietals originating from the neighbouring forests.
Armando Gomez started working with his grandfather on this farm since he was 23 years old. After his grandfather passed away, Arnando took over the farm - and his work has continued ever since, carrying his grandfather’s techniques forward. As for his mission? “My mission for this year is to continue growing great quality coffee, and my vision is to find a good client that will appreciate it and helps us grow.” We hope we can live up to his mission.
September 2018 Limited Edition Roast
Farm: Various smallholder farmers
Region: San Pedro, Atitlan
Altitude: 1550-1690 MASL
Varieties: Bourbon, Catuai, Caturra
This coffee is from the APROCAFE co-operative in San Pedro, Atitlan. APROCAFE follows all organic practices, and are known for paying special attention to the needs of both the soil and water surrounding the co-op. They also do all of their coffee harvesting by hand - with zero mechanical intervention. Atitlan’s soil is rich with volcanic and organic matter; about 90% of the coffee in Atitlan is cultivated along volcanic slopes that surround Lake Atitlan. So ya, this is basically volcano coffee.
August 2018 Limited Edition Roast
Name: Layo Taraga
Farm: Various smallholder farmers delivering to Layo Taraga Washing Station
Region: Haro Wachu
Altitude: 1950-2000 MASL
In Ethiopia, unlike the vast majority of coffee-growing countries, coffee was not introduced as a cash crop through colonization. Instead, growing, processing, and drinking coffee is part of the everyday way of life, brewed at home for centuries. Coffee is enjoyed as part of a “ceremonial” preparation, a way of gathering family, friends, and associates around a table for conversation and community. We hope you can enjoy it the same way.
July 2018 Limited Edition Roast
Farm: Geovany Rivera
Region: Santa Barbara
Altitude: 1400-2000 MASL
Process: Fully Washed
Producer: Various smallholders
In Santa Barbara, there’s one mountain that produces all of the coffee in the region. Just one beautiful, lush mountain with three villages on its slopes, side by side. The coffee cherry processing conditions (especially drying) here are especially demanding, because the area is directly next to the jungle, and thus, to rain. But when these variables are precisely controlled, the coffee is spectacular. So spectacular. So. good.
June 2018 Limited Edition Roast
Altitude: 1600 MASL
Varieties: Caturra, Colombia
Ah - Huila! Colombia’s most famous coffee growing region. This coffee is from Timana, a sub-region of Huila. The people of Timana have historically been revered as extremely hardworking and passionate people, especially when it comes to coffee production. And the end product is a delicious expression of that hard work. You’re going to love it.
May 2018 Limited Edition Roast
Farm: Finca Buena Vista
Region: Planadas, Tolima
Altitude: 1770-2000 MASL
Varieties: Caturra, Castillo, Colombia
Producer: Astrid Medina
“I am very proud of my farm, it is the legacy of my father, but I am prouder of the coffee that we produce. It is wonderful and privileged position to offer specialty coffee, it gives me great satisfaction and fills me with gratitude. I am proud to know that we have placed one grain of sand in building the country of our dreams.” - Astrid Medina, the producer of this fabulous coffee, in her own words.
April 2018 Limited Edition Roast
Name: Adado *Grade 1
Producer: Various smallholder farmers
Altitude: 1780–1860 MASL
Varieties: Heirloom Ethiopian varieties
This coffee comes from a washing station called Adado, which is in the kebele, or village, of Shara, in the woreda, or district, of Guanga, in the Yirgacheffe region, and is is named after the local tribe, "Adado." Aside from its near-legendary status as the "birthplace" of Arabica coffee, there is much to love about Ethiopia as a producing nation. Lush green forests are the perfect environment for cultivating extraordinary coffee, typically developing nuanced floral characteristics, articulate sweetness and a sparkling acidity. This coffee checks all of the boxes.