If the perfect coffee exists, it likely grows in Guatemala. This month's pick is a great example. Nicolás Ramirez Ramirez owns Finca Quejina, where he grows several coffee varieties on land that have been in his family for many years. At first, it was a forest, but it has had coffee planted for a long time now. Coffee is the only crop grown for sale on Quejina. The coffee is picked ripe and de-pulped the same day, fermented for 18–24 hours, and then washed before being dried for 3.5–4.5 days, depending on the climate.
Your November Coffee is Honduras Finca Rancho Escondido
Finca Rancho Escondido is owned and managed by Elvin Suazo. His 25-hectare farm holds an impressive 90,000 coffee trees. Just as impressive is his processing infrastructure. After harvesting, his coffee is mechanically de-pulped, fermented for 30 hours, and dried on nylon mesh raised beds for two weeks.
Washed coffee in Honduras will vary from producer to producer, but typically the coffee is picked ripe and de-pulped the same day, then fermented for 12–24 hours in open-air tanks. It is then washed clean of mucilage and spread on patios or raised beds to dry. The drying process can take an average of 15 days, depending on the weather.
La Paz, an area famous for coffee production in Honduras, has high elevation and cool temperatures. These factors cause coffees to ripen slowly, developing sugars that are then processed in these comfortable climates. These coffees have high fruity sweetness with flavors of berries or peach
VARIETAL: CATUAI, PACAS
October 2022 Limited Edition Roast
Name: Colombia San Agustin
Producer: Los Naranjos Asociación
Region: San Agustín, Huila
Altitude: 1750-1950 meters asl
Your October Coffee is Colombia San Agustin
This Colombian offering comes from contributions of multiple smallholder farmers that reside in the areas surrounding the town of San Agustín, Huila. In this specific region of Colombia, the average farm size is about 2.5 hectares. This equates to about 12,000 trees per farmer; and, if all goes well with harvest and processing, an average of 0.7 kilograms of exportable green coffee per tree, per year. After accounting for defects and all lower-quality beans, the average farmer in San Agustín is producing about 15–25 bags of exportable coffee per hectare, per year. As for which bags pass the quality control inspections and are accepted into microlot offerings—this number is rather small.
This offering is just that: the top tier of quality from multiple smallholding producers. It has been cupped, vetted, and blended together to produce a regional offering that allows more farmers to receive more payment for better-quality coffee.
VARIETAL: COLUMBIA, CASTILLO, CANTURA, TABI
September 2022 Limited Edition Roast
Name: Tanzania Ichesa AB
Producer: Carlos Gustavo Gonzalez
Region: Tierras Blancas, Inzá, Cauca
Altitude: 1,830 meters asl
Your September Coffee is La Cabana - Inza - Cauca
Carlos Gustavo Gonzalez owns a 1.8-hectare farm called Bella Vista, where he grows several varieties of coffee, including Typica and Caturra along with the Colombian varieties of Colombia and Castillo. He is careful to harvest the coffees when they are their ripest: bright red cherries for the Typica and Caturra, purple for Castillo, and dark yellow for Colombia. He puts his coffee through what's called a"double fermentation" by producers who work with Banexport: First the coffees are placed in a hopper after picking, where they sit for 12 hours; then the are depulped and fermented in a tank for 24 hours. The parchment is washed three or four times, and then dried in a gable-roof dryer for about 14 days.
VARIETAL: COLUMBIA, CASTILLO
August 2022 Limited Edition Roast
Name: Tanzania Ichesa AB
Producer:179 smallholder farmers
Region: Ichesa, Ivugula, Shomola, and Mlowo villages
Altitude: 1,600 meters asl
Harvest: June- August
Your AUGUST Coffee is Ichesa Amcos
Ichesa AMCOS coffee processing unit was built in 2012 and currently serves about 179 producers in the surrounding villages, each of whom own1 hectare of land or less, on average. There are several varieties grown in the area, including Bourbon derivatives. The producers deliver their cherry to the station, where it is processed using a Penagos depulper, and the coffee is immediately graded in washing channels before being fermented for 10–12 hours underwater. Drying takes about 9–14 days on average.
This ACMOSCPU supports local smallholders by offering shade trees and soil inputs to improve farm health and coffee quality. Ichesaalso seeks to build a new warehouse for local storage, which will also improve quality and coffee stability.
VARIETAL: BOURBON, N39, KT 423
July 2022 Limited Edition Roast
Name: Ethiopia Sodu
Region: Uraga, Oromia
Altitude: 2200-2250 masl
Your JULY Coffee is Ethiopia Sodu
The Sodu washing station is located 2.5km from the town of Hara Adama, in Guji's Oromia district of Ethiopia. Coffees from this station are delivered by local farmers daily, purchased in cherry, and processed accordingly. Typically, washed coffee are depulped on the same day, fermented overnight before being washed clean and dried on raised beds. It takes 8-15 days to fully dry washed coffees under the sun.
Coffees in Ethiopia are typically traceable to the washing station level, where smallholder farmers—many of whom own less than 1/2 hectare of land, and as little as 1/8 hectare on average—deliver cherry by weight to receive payment at a market rate. The coffee is sorted and processed into lots without retaining information about whose coffee harvest isin which bag or which lot.
June 2022 Limited Edition Roast
Country: Costa Rica
Name: Costa Rica La Loma
Region: Cobán, Alta Verapaz
Altitude: 1800-2200 meters
Process: White Honey Processed
Your JUNE Coffee is Costa Rica La Loma
This Cataui honey-processed coffee comes from the Tarrazu region of Costa Rica, grown at 1800-2000m altitude with a plant age average of 16 years. The farmer, Hector Bonilla, had always dreamed of managing a cooperative of his own. His passion for coffee inspired his children, who left their line of work to join his farm in adulthood.
Coffee grows in eight coffee regions throughout Costa Rica. In the central and northern highlands where most specialty coffee is found, coffee grows from 1200-1700 meters. Ninety percent of Costa Rican coffee is grown by 50,000 farmers on less than 5 hectares. Although nearly all Costa Rican coffee is wet milled, the country produces a wide variety of honey processed coffee. Coffee is dried using both patios and mechanical dryers. Costa Rica grows Typica, Caturra, Catuai, Villa Sarchi, Bourbon and Geisha.
May 2022 Limited Edition Roast
Name: Guatemala Chicoj
Region: Cobán, Alta Verapaz
Altitude: 1,490 - 1750 meters asl
Your MAY Coffee is Guatemala Chicoj
The Chicoj cooperative is made up of Q’eqchi Guatemalans. The history of the cooperative's name, Chicoj, comes from the Q’eqchi word for mask. They chose this name due to the large mask-shaped rock found in their community.
The cooperative was founded in 1985, by 21 associates. In the beginning, coffee production was minimal, around 38,600 - 42,750 pounds of coffee cherries a year, but in time the associates managed to get credits, training, and technical assistance to achieve better coffee management, learn how to make a seedbed, how to take care of the warehouse and even how to improve the wet mill process. The improvements helped increase coffee production and processing, and more work opportunities opened up. The development of this cooperative not only helped the members of the community but brought more people from the surrounding villages in. This cooperative now has more than 400 members. Nowadays, they process about 4,000 pounds of coffee cherries per day at the mill, and by the end of the harvest will have processed around 2,700,000 pounds of coffee cherries.
Your April Coffee is Columbian Serrania de Las Minas
This offering is a blend of small lots from various producers that live in the Serrania de Las Minas area of Huila's Tarqui municipality located in Southwestern Colombia. Huila is nestled in-between the Central and Eastern ranges of the Andes, making it one of the most unique coffee-growing areas we've experienced — and one of the most complex. Its terroir, climate, and harvest cycles all contribute to the quality of coffee produced here. Although it is difficult to generalize the profile, we typically find commonalities of citrus fruits and brighter acidity in the cup. The most impressive quality behind the coffees coming out of Huila lies in the people producing them. Coffee farmers in Huila are some of the most dedicated, hard-working, and passionate people we have had the privilege to develop relationships with and represent through sharing their coffees with roasters around the world.
VARIETAL: CATURRA, CASTILLO, COLUMBIA
March 2022 Limited Edition Roast
Country: Union Cantinil
Producer: Franciso Bravo
Altitude: 1,700 masl
Your March Coffee is Guatemala Huehuetenango - Franciso Bravo
This is an SHB EP grade washed coffee from the Union Cantinil municipality located in the Huehuetenango department of Guatemala. There are as many as 76 small producers, with farms averaging 1.5 hectares in size, that contribute to this lot.
Guatemala is the 10th largest coffee origin in the world, blessed with over 300 microclimates, rich volcanic soil and a long artisanal tradition of coffee production. The Huehuetenango region is highlands near the border with Mexico.
Huehuetenango coffee is grown in the highland regions of northern Guatemala, producing perhaps the most distinguished Guatemalan coffee as it is often considered the best in the country overall. Guatemalan coffees are true central American coffees.
VARIETAL: CATURRA, BOURBON, TYPICA, CATUAI
February 2022 Limited Edition Roast
Name: Finca Santa Isabel
Producer: Alex Keller
Region: Santa Rosa
Altitude: 1,350 mals
Your February Coffee is Guatemala Santa Isabel
This single farm select Cimarron Organic, from renowned producer Alex Keller's Andromeda lot in Sant Rosa, is classic and sweet with a surprising lingering limey quality.
In 1899, Federico Keller settled in Pueblo Nuevo Viñas, Santa Rosa, Guatemala, naming his farm Finca Santa Isabel in honor of his wife. Over the last century the family has endeavored to produce coffee to the highest certification standards, to live in harmony with their community and surroundings and to engage in social development and conservation, knowing this holistic approach produces a more honest cup. We're working with the 5th generation of the Keller family now, and are proud to offer their organic coffees.
This region is typically dry in climate, and all coffee is organically grown using soil cover and under legacy shade trees, supporting fertility and biodiversity. Coffee is grown between 1200 - 1400 MASL, and is carefully selected using multiple picking cycles for quality. To counteract the effects of climate change, more shade trees have been planted, and disease tolerant varieties are being cultivated, including Anacafé 14, Sarchimor, and Colombia.
VARIETAL: PACHE, CATURRA, BOURBON
January 2022 Limited Edition Roast
Farm: Jabiru Union Cantinil
Altitude: 1,500 - 1,900 meters asl
Your January Coffee is Guatemala Huehuetenango -Jabiru Union Cantinil
This is an SHB EP grade washed coffee from the Union Cantinil municipality located in the Huehuetenango department of Guatemala. There are as many as 76 small producers, with farms averaging 1.5 hectares in size, that contribute to this lot. Varieties harvested include Bourbon, Caturra, Typica, and Catuai. Growing altitude is around 1700 masl.
The coffee is fully processed by smallholder farmers. Cherries are harvested ripe and them de - pulped usually by either manual or small - motored pulpers. This is then left to ferment overnight until the coffee’s remaining mucilage ahas broken down. Washing is then carried out, usually in specialized channels.The washed parchment is always sun dried as the small holders don’t have access to mechanical driers.
Coffee farming practices are similar to other countries in the region, but Guatemala has an abundance of water, volcanic soil, and very distinct micro - climates compared to it’sneighbors.
VARIETAL: CATURRA, BOURBON,CATUAI, PACHE
December 2021 Limited Edition Roast
Country: Tolima, Colombia
Name: Colombian Dulima
Farm: Neiva Mill
Region: Central Huila
Altitude: 1,600 - 1,900 meters asl
Your December Coffee is Colombian Select Dulima
Colombia Dulima is an Excels EP grade coffee sourced from high altitudes in the Colima and Hula growing regions. As an excellent single origin, this washed coffee is smooth and clean, with a pointed acidity and good body.
The area around the volcano Colima is not rich in volcanic soils, it is a “neotropical high mountain biome” known for dramatic fluctuations in temperature. The are around Tolima is the largestparamo on earth. Paramo are known for dramatic fluctuations in temperature, from below freezing at night to nearly 90 degrees Fahrenheit during the day, described as summer every day and winter every night. These fluctuations-at lower altitudes where they are no so dramatic-are great for growing coffee. Despite these conditions, people have lived on the paramo for thousand of years. The Pijaos people were native to the region now known as Tolima long before the Spanish arrived. They fought hard agains the invaders and when they finally retreated they moved into the highlands around Nevada del Colima, the volcano they called Dulima, meaning Snow Queen, and a name that also serves synonymously as identification of their homeland. Dulima is named for the spirit of the Pijaos people and their Snow Queen who, unbeknownst to them, created a superior environment for growing coffee.
Variety: Caturra, Castillo
November 2021 Limited Edition Roast
Country: Ruiru, Kenya
Name: Rukira AB
Farm: Rukera Farm
Region: Kiambu Country
Altitude: 1,500 - 1,600 meters asl
Process: Processing Sun-dried on African beds
Your November Coffee is CRI - Rukira AB - Kenya
This exceptional AB lot was produced at the historic Rukera Farm, owned and operated by Kenya’s Coffee Research institute, one of the country’s primary agricultural bodies, As one of the country’s key colonial crops, it is perhaps not surprising that investment in coffee research in Kenya dates back to the beginning of the 20th century.
During the harvest, only the ripest cherries are picked at each pass. These are delivered on the same day to the ‘factory’ (as Kenyan washing stations/wet mills are called), sorted to remove any damaged or underripe cherries, and pulped on the farms’ 4 disk pulper. The pulped coffee is then fermented for around 12 hours before being fully washed in clean water pumped from the Ruiru River to remove all the remaining mucilage.
October 2021 Limited Edition Roast
Name: Fredy Hernandez Vasquez
Farm: Quebrada Onda
Altitude: 1,500 - 1,700m
Your October Coffee is Honduras Lempira Catuai
This coffee comes from the Lempira district of Honduras. It is cultivated at 1500-1700m, in Quebrada Onda by Fredy Hernandez Vasquez. After washing, it is ration dried.
Quebrada Honda is located in the district of Chepigana along the Panamerican Highway in the province of Darien. Quebrada Honda is largely an agricultural community, where residents work on farms to produce crops such as coffee, beans, corn plantains and yams. These agricultural activities are the main source of income for 90% of residents. Within Quebrada Honda is a single primary school, where students from kindergarten to 6th grade attend classes. Quebrada Honda does not have it’s own health center, forcing residents to travel to Santa Fe for medical or dental care.
September 2021 Limited Edition Roast
Name: Hector Ventura
Farm: Finca El Naranjo
Altitude: 1,750 - 1,8500 m
Your September Coffee is Finca El Naranjo
Prior to 1900 coffee was essentially a garden crop in Honduras, grown on small lots of land and traded within the country for internal consumption. Banana was king well into the 20th century. There eventual and gradual decline in banana production over the decades coincided with a slow but steady growth in coffee production. Today, Honduras is the largest coffee producer in Central America and among the largest worldwide, exporting more than 6 million bags. More than 60% of Honduran coffee is grown above 1,200 meters and almost all on small to medium sized farms.
Within the community of Tapuiman, Hector Ventura operates a 2.6 acre farm named El Naranjo. Hector has grown up within the area, selling his family’s coffee in the form of cherry locally. For the last three years he has improved his farm management by controlling the pH of his soil, organically fertilizing by utilizing compost, and implementing methods to take care of the farm and improve the livelihood.
August 2021 Limited Edition Roast
Name: Carlos Gomez
Farm: Finca El Pamarito
Region: El Progreso
Altitude: 1,700 - 1,900 masl
Your August Coffee is Sierra de las Minas
Sierra de las Minas mountain range in eastern Guatemala, Finca EL Pamarito reaps the benefits of its proximity to such a towering geologic structure. Extending 15 - 30 km, huge by the valleys of the Polochic, Motagua and Salama rivers create varying biomes provides the ideal climate and soil to grow coffee. The name translates to mountain range of the mines’ due to the jade, marble and other mineral quarries. This is home to Mesoamerica’s largest cloud forests and houses a biodiverse array of ecosystems. Approximately 70% of all bird and mammal species in Guatemala and Belize are located here. Some species include the margay, cougar, and the iconic quetzal. The cooler temperatures and higher altitudes allow for a slower maturation of the coffee, cherry, improving sugar development and improving quality.
Forty years ago, Don Higinio Gomez, was the first producer in the area to transition to coffee rather than continuing potato production which was more common at the time. Now, Don’s son Carlos runs and manage the 60-ha farm that is carefully intercropped with native forest shade.
VARIETAL: CATURRA, BOURBON, CATIMOR
July 2021 Limited Edition Roast
Country: El Salvador
Name: The Alfaro Family
Farm: Finca El Carmen
Region: Apaneca, Ahuachapan
Altitude: 1,300 masl
Process: Fully washed
Your July Coffee is Finca El Carmen
El Salvador’s Apaneca - llamatepec mountain range is one of Central America’s prime specialty coffee producing areas. The estate was founded in the middle of the 19th century when Antonio Jose Alfaro acquired a plot of land near the village of Ataco - meaning “Site of Elevated Springs’ in the indigenous Nahuatl language - where he started to produce coffee. The estate’s coffee is produces under approximately 60% shade cover, which is required for the coffee to ripen evenly. During the harvest, the red and orange Bourbon cherries are hand - picked only when perfectly ripe and de pulped the same day. The beans are then naturally fermented ripe and de-pulped the same day. The beans are then naturally fermented, washed with pure spring water, and sun - dried on clay patios.
June 2021 Limited Edition Roast
Name: Peru Kovachii
Farm: Small Local Farms
Region: Cajamarca, North Peru
Altitude: 1,200-2,200 masl
Process: By hand on producers farm
Your June Coffee is Peru Kovachii.
We are excited to add Peru variety to our line up a single origin coffees. It’s a complex coffee from the Cajamarca region of Northern Peru. We found it to be a well rounded cup with a creamy body. Noted of lime citrus meets apricot and cocoa. A perfect flavor profile for the warmer months! Sourced from the North of Peru in the region of Cajamarca, cherries are harvested, de-pulped, processed and then dried either on patios, drying beds or on tarps. Farmers from all over the region process and dry the coffee on their farms, then they bring the coffee is transported. The coffee cherries are picked at full ripeness, and then fully washed and sun dried. Samples are taken at full ripeness, and then fully washed and sun-dried. Samples are taken from each, the green is evaluated and the coffee is tasted - from here a price is agreed and the coffee is stored.
Varietals: Caturra, Catuai, Typica, Bourbon
May 2021 Limited Edition Roast
Name: Tanzania Iyenga
Farm: Mbeya-Iyenga AMCOS
Altitude: 1,670-1,950 metres asl
Process: Sun-dried on African beds
Your May Coffee is Tanzania Iyenga.
All of the farmers in Iyenga village are very small scale and grow coffee on 5 hectares or fewer (most only have a hectare or so). In addition to coffee, many grow maize, peanuts and beans. The majority of farmers often keep one or two cows and some poultry, as well.
Group leaders encourage women and young people to participate in coffee agriculture activities and in all cooperative activities. When the group first registered, there were only 64 members, all of whom are male. Now, of the group’s 193 members, 17 are female!
This lot from Iyenga AMCOS is a mix of home processed and mill pulped coffees. In both cases, all coffee is hand harvested and pre-sorted before pulping.
April 2021 Limited Edition Roast
Farm: Itumpi AMCOS
Altitude: 1680 metres above sea level
Process: Fully washed & sun-dried
Your April airdrop is Itumpi AMCOS - TANZANIA
This lot is made from partially processes coffee, with cherry hand harvested and pre-sorted before being delivered to be pulped. The cherries are picked, sorted and pulped all in the same day, with processing conducted that evening. After fermenting for 2-3 days the beans are taketo raised beds to be dried. The process of drying will typically take anywhere between 9 to 12 days; with beans only removed once the moisture content has reached 11% or lower. Once dried, parchment coffee is bagged and sent to the dry mill to be prepped for export.
March 2021 Limited Edition Roast
Name: EL REGALITO
Farm: Arturo and Vielmann Villatoro
Altitude: 1800 metres above sea level
Process: Fully washed & sun dried
Your March airdrop is EL REGALITO - GUATEMALA.
The land is managed by Arturo’s son Vielmann Vides Villatoro Castillo, an enthusiastic farmer. Along with his wife and three siblings, the family looks forward to leaving the land and legacy to their beloved children to continue. Rising from 1525 to 1800 MASL, Arturo’s lots exist on two sides of a sheer ridgeline. Mature Chalum, Mandarin, and Capulin trees rise at angles, providing afternoon shade from Bourbon, Caturra, and Maragogype plants below. Pure mountain spring water is used for processing their coffees.
February 2021 Limited Edition Roast
Name: SAN LORENZO
Farm: Finca San Lorenzo
Altitude: 1550 metres above sea
Process: Fully washed and sun dried
Your February airdrop is San Lorenzo - GUATEMALA.
Located near the town of San Cristobal Verapaz, in the cool, rainy reaches of Coban,Guatemala, Finca San Lorenzo nestles in the verdant hills at around 1,500 meters above sea level. San Lorenzo is the Valdes family’s second farm, purchased in 1987 as a sort of ‘little brother’ to another of our favorite Guatemala farms, Santa Isabel. It is a true family business, runwith love and devotion…..and a lot of expertise!
January 2021 Limited Edition Roast
Name: Cooperativo Chichipac
Region: Baja Verapaz
Altitude: 1800-2000 MASL
Process: Fully washed and dried
The Coffee Producers Association of Chichupac (APCC) was established in 1982, just after the conclusion of Guatemala's horrific, 36-year-long civil war. The group remains small: currently it is composed of just 28 members who come from around 13 different local families, plus around 50 'independent' neighbours who deliver their coffee to APCC's wet mill.
December 2020 Limited Edition Roasts
Name: San Antonio Select
Farm: 40 smal holder farmers
Altitude: 1750-2100 MASL
Process: Fully Washed
This coffee was produced by 40 smallholder coffee producers hailing from the sub-municipality of San Antonio. Every single micro-lot delivered was cupped and reserved due to is scoring 85 points or above. These stringent standards result in very limited quantities of this exceptional blend of 70% + Caturra and approx 30% Variedad Colombia being made available for export.
November 2020 Limited Edition Roast
Name: Smallholders of Inza
Farm: 52 Small Farmers
Region: Inza - Cauca
Altitude: 1500-2000 MASL
Process: Fully Washed
The association of coffee growers, ASORCAFE, was founded in 2004 by 10 coffee growers with an entrepreneurial spirit who were tired of private parchment buyers who were paying them below national prices. Every single microlot was delivered and cupped and reserved due to its scoring 85 points or above by the cupping lab in Pedregal.
October 2020 Limited Edition Roast
Name: Santo Tomas
Farm: La Guyaba, La Pina
Altitude: 1900-1950 MASL
Process: Fully washed and dried
This 2019 lot was produced by a number of farmers, all of whom reside in the province of Cutervo. Like so many in this region, the names of each farm are chosen in honour of trees or natural features on the farm that stand out among the wilderness.
In the region, much of the drive to produce quality can be seen via the level of attention to processing. Varieties are selected to suit the climate and also to produce an excellent cup profile.
September 2020 Limited Edition Roast
Granny Smith Apple
Name: Finaca Cinco Corazones
Farm: Finca Cinco Corazones
Region: Chanchamayo, Junin
Altitude: 1500-1800 MASL
It is named Cinco Corazones (Five Hearts) after the original owner's five children. Shared X-operations on the farm include paying an average wage of 14% above the national average, recent organic certification, and the ability to separate lots of altitude to maintain consistent flavor profiles.
While the farm itself grows between 1100-1800M, we have selected lots which represent the best harvest from1 500-1800M.
August 2020 Limited Edition Roast
Name: Peru Finca Matapalo
Farm: Shared-X Impact Farmers
Region: Llapa District
Altitude: 1450-1800 MASL
Process: Fully washed and dried
During harvest, Finca Matapalo’s workforce swells to over 80 employees from the standard 16, including pickers and other farm personnel. They work together to ensure only the best cherries are selected.
The Finca is named after a tropical tree species which has beed known to grow up to 40 meters in height! The altitude allows the coffees to develop more slowly which promotes more sweetness. The farm has 33 different species of natural shade trees which enables Finca Matapalo to receive Rainforest Alliance certification.
July 2020 Limited Edition Roast
Name: Aldemar Pillimue
Farm: Las Cascadas
Region: Inza, Cauca
Altitude: 1950 MASL
Process: 48 hr Fermentation + Sundried
Your July airdrop is ALDEMAR PILLIMUE from COLOMBIA.
In addition to being prime coffee growing land, the region is an important source of water and wildlife. This beautiful landscape is from where Las Cascadas takes its name. Translating as ‘the waterfalls’, Aldemar and his wife Leonor decided to name the farm after the multiple small waterfalls close to the farm. Originally, a small portion of the farm was inherited from Aldemar’s grandmother. Over time, Aldemar and his family have been able to purchase more land around the original house, in order to grow their production. Today, Las Cascadas is managed by both Aldemar and Leonor and continues to grow.