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Honduran FTO Caffex San Pedro Sula

New crop Honduran coffee! An early but very tasty and fresh arrival.

Caffex in the case of this coffee is the mill and aggregation point for these beans. Small local farmers commonly sell their beans to the local mill who then does the final processing and aggregates them to form a final cup profile. Often serving hundreds if not thousands of small scale farmers. Caffex also takes care of all the exporting and sales of the beans, things small scale farmers would struggle with independently.

Coffees produced like this are very cool - although not a boutique lot, they serve as a perfect example of coffee from that region. They follow the classic example of what makes Honduran coffee Honduran. Boutique lots and micro-lots tend to promote the exact opposite, nice coffees that do not follow the traditional taste profile.

Tasting Notes:
A nice fulled bodied and chocolaty cup of coffee. Mainly shooting for a smooth chocolate to rough dark-roast semi-sweet chocolate cup. A little hint of acidity at lighter roasts but all in all this is a strong medium roast to dark roast coffee. If you nail the roast right on, it has a very nice mellow, smooth milk-chocolate tone, a bit more sweetness upfront and a cup everyone will enjoy. Darker will gain a lot of strength but also edginess.

Roasting Notes:
An easy and versatile coffee to roast, medium to dark. Medium roast for a smooth and pretty sweet chocolaty cup, dark roasted for a more blunt in your face chocolate note. A faster roast will highlight the bright, clean flavor notes.


Honduran FTO Caffex San Pedro Sula
1 Lb Bag

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Rwanda FT. Dukunde Kawa Musasa

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New 2016/17 Crop! Always excited for this coffee to arrive - each year is different but equally as stellar - a little less acidity this year, sweet and chocolaty as always.

Rwanda FT Dukunde Kawa Musasa coffee is sourced from family owned farms organized around the Musasa mill located near a gorilla habitat in the Gakenke district of Rwanda. Farmer plots are so small that measurements are based on the numbers of trees, not area of land. Farmers who process their coffee at the Musasa mill are members of the Dukunde Kawa Cooperative, which started in 2000 with enough funds to build one wet mill. In the following years, the Dukunde Kawa Cooperative has built three more wet mills and completed construction of their own dry mill.

More than 80 percent of the cooperative workforce is women, and producer-members have used earnings to improve their standards of living with investments in livestock, access to healthcare, and programs to protect the environment, which won the SCAA 2012 Sustainability Award. The quality of the coffee is also internationally recognized, consistently placing as one of the best in the Cup of the Excellence annual auction.

Tasting Notes:
Very nice and balanced bright and chocolaty coffee - a lot of sweetness and crispness - great identifiable and rich chocolate tones with a medium body and nicely balanced with soft floral and fruit. Soft vanilla tones and a little herbal spice are present before 2nd crack.

Roasting Notes:
I would avoid the lighter roast points, a little acidic and grassy tasting - the silky body starts to hit at a medium roast and the darker fruit and cocoa really start to hit right before second crack. I tend to roast it a bit slower to increase the body and darker tones while still roasting before the second crack.


Rwanda FT. Dukunde Kawa Musasa
1 Lb Bag

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Indonesian Sumatra FTO Takengon Gr. 1 Ketiara Adsenia Triple Pick

This coffee is sourced from family-owned farms organized around the Ketiara cooperative, located in the Takengon highlands of the Aceh province on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. This region of Indonesia is also referred to as the Gayo land because the coffee farmers are from the Gayonese ethnic group and continue to cultivate Adsenia (TimTim), which is the oldest coffee varietal in Aceh. A high percentage of farmers, typically from the most remote villages of the Takengon highlands, are widows who lost their husbands during periods of conflict in Aceh. A women’s origination was recently formed to address the needs of the community, which includes plans to build a health center in the community. “Triple Picked” means the coffee cherries are hand-sorted three times, as opposed to the standard single or double sorting. This ensures a better processed coffee with fewer defects, and a cleaner, brighter cup profile.

Tasting Notes:
Very clean cup for a Sumatra - it gets really chocolaty smooth and sweet even into the 2nd crack. A big strong prime example of a classic Indonesian Sumatra coffee, prep is on the cleaner side as well. Cup is very thick, creamy and chocolaty at a strong medium to dark roasts. This lot is a bit unique for Sumatra, one may notice a little fruit tones/acidity on the lighter to medium spectrum of roasting - this will not be fruity at darker roasts but will add a ton of nice sweetness.

Roasting Notes:
We enjoyed this Sumatra at a stronger medium roast, a couple of seconds before the second crack. We found this roast to accentuate the dark chocolate taste but still remain very smooth. Although this is a clean polished coffee, it will roast slightly uneven, as is true with most Indonesians.


Indonesian Sumatra FTO Takengon Gr. 1 Ketiara Adsenia Triple Pick
1 Lb Bag

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2016/17 Mexican Terruño Nayarita Natural Reserve

This is a co-op that holds a special place in our hearts. This coffee is from 100% traceable, directly traded microlots. Each bag is uniquely identified with a bar code and a serial number. Gathered around an extinct volcano, Cerro San Juan, a committed group of 260 cooperative coffee farmers are working together to produce arguably the best coffee in Mexico. Terruño Nayarita coffees come from heirloom trees and the word ‘Terruño’ means ‘homestead’. These are farmers that take great pride in their coffee. This is the top screen-size/grade from the Terruno Nayarita Co-op.

This is the 2016/17 crop.

San Christobal Importers takes great care to find and produce an excellent coffee, making sure farmers use safe, sustainable shade techniques and provide a fair wage to the workers. Check out their webpage: San Christobal.

Tasting Notes:
A cool cup of Mexican coffee with unique processing that leaves it far from the normal Mexican cup profile. A bit sweet with very fruity aromatics. Bakers chocolate, malt, smoke and a bit of toasted walnut comprise the darker tones of the cup. A stronger cup with a fuller body for Mexican beans.

Roasting Notes:
A nice full city roast (just before to just touching 2nd crack) we thought to be the best. Works very nicely at the city to city + roasts (medium) and has a bit more fruit in the cup but if you error too light you will get underdeveloped chocolaty tones which come out a bit earthy.


2016/17 Mexican Terruño Nayarita Natural Reserve
1 Lb Bag

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Ethiopian Natural Sidamo 4 FTO Oromia

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Similar to the Queen City Harrar we carried earlier in the season.

This is from the big Ethiopian coffee world – not exactly a boutique production lot but surprisingly tasty and very clean comparatively to your standard Ethiopian Naturals. Great soft fruit tones, clean acidity and gets very chocolaty. Sure to impress a strong Ethiopian Natural fan.

Ethiopia Sidamo FTO Natural Oromia is sourced from family-owned farms organized around the Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative (OCFCU), an umbrella organization established in 1999 to support a sustainable coffee supply from cooperatives in the Oromia region of Ethiopia. OCFCU supports 274 cooperatives with more than 250,000 farmer-members, accounting for sixty-five percent of Ethiopia’s total coffee production. Premiums from coffee exports are returned directly to farmers, and also fund organic farming programs, mill equipment purchases, and food security programs. OCFCU has established a central cupping lab to support quality control and a members’ bank that provides pre-harvest financing.

Tasting Notes:
Clean, bright, sweet with a very diverse flavor set. Soft fruit, citrus, herbal, chocolate, malt and smoke are just a few of the main flavors one can see in this cup. Very dependent on roast – lighter roasting gives more of the citrus, tropical like fruit with just a hint of a chocolaty factor. Darker roasts produce much more of a chocolaty factor with a bit darker purple fruit note and good sweetness, far less acidic and very enjoyable.

Roasting Notes:
This is a tricky coffee to roast – classic Ethiopian natural, some cultivated beans, some wild beans, a diversity of roast colors will be seen but that all adds to the heritage of this bean type. We liked it best right at the full city mark – not as bright or citrusy but real nice developed fruit notes and nice and chocolaty. Many lighter roast fans will like to take it lighter – 2 out of 6 here who tried it did like the lighter roasts better – super dark roasts will get pretty edgy but have very nice aromatics and a strong chocolaty smoky cup profile. 

Ethiopian Natural Sidamo 4 FTO Oromia
1 Lb Bag

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Brazil Bob-O-Link Nature Friendly Natural PB (Mokka)

New 16/17 Crop!! Always a favorite of mine - this special blend of Bob-O-Link Mokka PB is put together for us by our friends at Finca Ambiental Fortaleza (Brazil FAF) who produce some of Brazils leading microlots. This year the cup was too highly rated for the Bob-O-Link mark and made FAF ML status (only there highest rated coffees).

This is a Mokka style, smaller natural peaberry. This is one unique and very tasty Brazil. Brazil Peaberries are rare, and this offering is even rarer this could very well be the only Mokka peaberry out of the whole country.

Our friend Edgar Munn (our connection and distributor to the Jamaican Mavis Banks Mill) was nice enough to pass through this relationship coffee, awesome coffee, awesome project... You cannot get any better!

I was lucky enough to get invited to the farm (FAF/Bob-O-Link) in August of 2012; to see first hand just how great this operation is.

Bob-O-Link has a great website where you can see photos of the farms and growing families along with some great information about ongoing projects and their sustainable farming.

Tasting Notes:
A very unique cup of Brazil and always one of my favorites! Medium to full bodied - sweet with a little bit of acidity (especially for a Brazil) - This cup holds true to the Mokka profile; nice crisp fruit tones balanced with an awesome milk chocolate undertone - very nice! Crisp, clean and fresh as can be - this is a cup you will not want to miss!

Roasting Notes:
This coffee is a very versatile roaster but very different from light to dark, a little lighter will accentuate the fruity acidic notes and sugar like sweetness of the cup but the darker chocolate notes will just be a hint - right before the second crack was perfectly balanced and nice - darker roasts will be a lot stronger and less fruity of a cup but has nice chocolate tones and still very enjoyable.


Brazil Bob-O-Link Nature Friendly Natural PB (Mokka)
1 Lb Bag

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Congo Kawa Kabuya Cooperative

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We don't tend to see Congo coffees all that often - rough times for them and hard to organize and get a crop grown and exported in decent shape - were were really excited to see this sample show up - very clean in tones and not such a rough screen - actually quite nicely prepped - 15+ screen.

This coffee comes from the Kawa Kabuya Cooperative located outside of the city of Butembo in North Kivu. Kawa Kabuya Cooperative is part of a larger network of 4 cooperatives made up of around 4,800 farmer members total: Kawa Kabuya, Kawa Kanzururu, Kawa Mabera, and Kawa Kenja. The Kawa Kabuya Cooperative itself is comprised of as many as 20 participating micro mills where the coffee is wet milled before moving to the CAFEKIT dry mill in Butembo. Kawa Kabuya and the other affiliated cooperatives are a product of relationships between local farmers and international NGO's who's main goal is to improve farmer livelihood. By increasing the amount of specialty grade coffee produced for these lots, the cooperative is aiming to have doubled member incomes by 2017. Coffees contributing to this lot are harvested at altitudes between 1500-1800 masl.

Tasting Notes:
A very cool unique cup of coffee - a little fuller bodied and very smooth. A little brightness to it but nothing like its more acidic African counsins - the cup puts forth a real nice caramel, smokey sweet tone with maybe just a little hint of light fruit in the acidity. Very clean cup even at the light roast points - we have never actually seen a Congo coffee this clean before - seems the Congo is finally turning its coffee into a premium offering.

Roasting Notes:
This cup is very well balanced and is wonderful at most roasts. We recommend roasting from a Medium to Dark Roast. The bean is denser so allow for longer roasting times.


Congo Kawa Kabuya Cooperative
1 Lb Bag

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Organic Hala Tree Cascara Coffee
Cherry Tea


An herbal tea made from the cherry of the coffee bean. Tart yet sweet.

Steeping Time - 5 Minutes

Water Temp - 212 F

Hala Tree will not let any part of their excellent 100% Kona Coffee go to waste! 

Cascara is a tea that is made from the cherry of the coffee bean. Cascara means "peel" or "skin" in Spanish. While very popular in other areas of the world, it is fairly new in the United States. Cascara has a tart, yet sweet flavor similar to apple cider or tamarind. You can drink it as is, or add a cinnamon stick or a couple of cloves. This fruity infusion has caffeine, antioxidants and vitamins. It is a natural energy drink. 

Organic Hala Tree Cascara Coffee
Cherry Tea
1 oz

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Decaffeinated Peru Org. MWP

New 2016 Crop!

Certified up the wazoo and tasty as can be - this is one of the higher rated decafs we have had through our doors, very sweet clean and rich - one you decaf drinkers will not want to miss - tasty enough to even keep you caffeinated drinkers happy!

Peru is one of the largest producers of coffee in the world and is noted as one of the major producers of fair trade and organic coffees. This organic coffee comes from the farmers of the Piuran mountain range.

This is one tasty decaf! Very rich and smooth with a nice creamy chocolate undertone and very fresh! A hint of acidity gives the cup a crisp feel.

Careful not to roast this too dark, I would try to stay out of the second crack. It will turn a little edgy into those darker roast points.

Tasting Notes:
A very chocolaty cup, pretty smooth but still closer to bakers chocolate than milk chocolate. It has a little caramel sweet floral tone upfront that creates a very nice balance of tones. Although very low acidity this cup does have some very nice jazzy lighter tones.

Roasting Notes:
Avoid really light roasts - One will taste more of the decaf processing than the beans themselves - We preferred a full city roast, gives it that really nice chocolaty kick without burning out too much of the cool lighter tones. Will work well from a city plus to french.


Decaffeinated Peru Org. MWP
1 Lb bag

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