Price per 2 lb. COLOMBIA Huila San Agustin Each producer manages their own farm averaging just a few acres in size. Small enough for each producer to individually process the harvest with their own micromill, which allows for meticulous care in cherry selection, depulping, fermenting, and drying the coffee. Mastercol ensures traceability and quality control throughout the post-harvest process.
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Grower: 13 small farms
Region: Southern Huila
Variety: Castillo, Caturra, Colombia
Altitude: 1700-1900 masl
Processed: Fully washed and solar dried
Tasting Notes: Balanced, caramel, dark chocolate and herbs, smooth, full finish
ETHIOPIA Hambela Natural Organic – The bulk of production comes from small, family-owned farms where coffee is cultivated on just a few acres of land. Cherries are carefully hand sorted to remove underripe and damaged beans and then the moisture is carefully reduced to 11% on raised beds designed to gently dry coffee with lots of airflow. Simultaneously, Nura Korate carries out activities that often go unnoticed but are crucial for small producers, including training producers in best organic practices and investing in basic infrastructure needs like road improvements and establishing local warehouses. Sidama Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (SCFCU) focuses on establishing a certification process for local cooperatives, creating micro-credit for producers and investing in social programs on a larger scale. Environmental training programs, healthcare initiatives, life insurance, and educational opportunities are just some of the ways SCFCU strives to improve the quality of life for coffee producers and their families.
MEXICO Serrano Fair Trade Organic – This is a supremely quaffable, aromatic coffee that begs a second cup. High elevations and an unwavering commitment to organic practices is the common bond among the Serranos group. There are 200 small farms of 5 hectares (10 acres) or less. As a result of their organic practices, a protective buffer is provided for more than 800 plant species and 390 bird species that make their home in the El Triunfo biosphere reserve.
Price per 2 lb. PANAMA Boquete Kotowa Mandarina – Finca Don K Mandarina is owned and operated by a fourth-generation family of a Canadian immigrant named Alexander Duncan MacIntyre. It is located on the eastern side of the Baru Volcano, an active stratovolcano that is Panama’s highest peak and the centerpiece of a 35,000-acre national park. Tucked into the Continental Divide, Pacific and Caribbean winds alternate at different times of the year creating cooler temperatures, overlapping rainy periods, and limited dry months. The result is an extremely lush and microclimate for the coffee to grow. To protect the virgin forest surrounding the farm, Don K Mandarina take measures to cut down on fire dangers through water conservation, continue to plant indigenous fruit and nut trees and prohibit hunting. This has resulted in a thriving local and migratory bird community that has captured the attention and recognition of UNICEF.
Price per 2 lb. SULAWESI Toraja Organic – This is a rare and elegant Indonesian. Sometimes called by it’s former Dutch colonial name, Celebes, this is full-bodied, spicy and low in acidity with a haunting finish.