About the Farms

  

Origin: Bolivia
Region: Las Yungas, Caranavi
Farm: Organic Blend
Altitude Grown: 1500-1700m
The Cup: "Bright, savory, lemon, tea-like, creamy body, chocolate, tobacco, orange peel, herbacious"

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Much of Bolivia’s coffee production is organized into regional cooperatives. This coffee comes from the CENAPROC Cooperative. CENAPROC co-op is in the Yungas region, located near the city of Caranavi in the La Paz region. The coffee mill and town are completly off the grid and must truck in fuel to run the mill generators at great expense. The coffee is mostly Typica variety. The cooperative’s coffee is certified both organic and fair trade. This co-op has twice won the Cup of Excellence, and grows coffee on the eastern slopes of the Cordillera Occidental. The co-op has fewer than 90 members, and farms are typically about nine hectares.

 

Origin: Colombia
Region: Sierra Nevade de Santa Marta
Farm: 600 families on 900 small farms
Altitude Grown: 1,000 to 1,300 Masl
The Cup: “Chocolate and citric acidity.”

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"Red Ecolsierra"  or Ecological Producers of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, is a cooperative of 18 groups of 600 families farming on 900 small farms.  Their income was traditionally generated from coffee, but they gradually diversified into organic Honey and Cacao production as well.  Since they are so close to the natural reserves, and in order to live in harmony with their environment, Red Ecolsierra farmers always reserve a part of their farms for forestry.

As a certified Organic and Fairtrade organization, Ecolsierra encourages members and their families to see the social and economic benefits of using modern production processes of organic products.  This generates sustainable income, which guarantees a better life for members.

 

Origin: Ecuador
Region: Zumba, Zamora-Chinchipe
Farm: Various small-holders
Altitude Grown: 1300 - 1900 masl
The Cup: "Citric acidity, tobacco and nut."

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This lot comes from a small association in the south of Ecuador bordering the Peruvian border.  This association is part of a bigger federation.  The association has a great leadership and this has helped them position themselves as a top player in Ecuadorian coffee.  They've won and placed in Taza Dorada multiple times.  

The producers in this area still have traditional varieties such as Typica, Caturra, and Bourbon which has been key to their success.  Rust has been an issue for most of these producers and having organic certification limits the products you can apply to your farm making it tougher.

 

Origin: Ethiopia
Region- Yirgacheffe
Farm- Many small-holding farmers
Varietal- Ethiopian heirloom varieties
Altitude- 1800 - 2100 masl
Process Method- Fully washed and sun dried
The Cup- "Floral, with a grapefruit-like acidity, butterscotch and caramel flavors; GRAINPRO BAGS."

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Idido Cooperative is under the Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (YCFCU) umbrella. YCFCU has around 50,000 farmers in 24 cooperatives. They harvest coffee from December through February. Most farms in Ethiopia are from small-holders on 0.7 ha of land on average.

"During my short coffee career I have seen quality of Ethiopian coffee spike and tank and spike back up.  I hope this spike is here to stay!  Ethiopian coffee is so tasty and unique it has to be one of my favorite origins.  The floral taste notes and citric acidity complement each other so well that it makes it a refreshing drink.  My most memorable experience in coffee was with a sun-dried Ethiopian while working at a local coffee shop in the Twin Cities.  This was a natural Yirgacheffe in the Summer of 2009.  I had no idea coffee could taste so different from what I was used to in washed coffees.  I remember intense blueberries and strawberries in the flavor with a delicate floral aftertaste.  This was a very pristine and complex cup which opened my eyes as to what coffee could offer.  Shortly after this the Ethiopian government, in support of small producers, added coffee into the Ethiopian Commodities Exchange (ECX). This would allow, among many things, for farmers to get paid in a timely manner.  The nature of exchanges is to homogenize a product and sell it at a market price hence it does not allow for premiums to be paid for a superior product.  With this we saw a decline in quality.  Cooperatives, like Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (YCFCU), are exempt from going through the ECX.  We are working alongside YCFCU to pay premiums for better cherry selection at the washing station level to bring back the classic Yirgacheffe profile that was obscured for some years." - Piero

 

Origin: Guatemala
Region- Huehuetenango
Farm- 350 small-holding farmers
Varietal- Caturra, Catuai, Bourbon and Pache
Altitude- 1000 - 2000 masl
Process Method- Fully washed and sun dried
Average Farm Size- 0.5ha/farm

The Cup: "Simple, sweet, crisp and floral."

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Huehuetenango has been for years one of Guatemala’s prime coffee regions and it continues to be one. The amount of high-altitude land in this region is very vast and the varieties cultivated are Bourbons or derivatives; both of these are essential to produce quality coffee. The profile of this cup is very fruity with higher and brighter citric-acidity. It is also very common to taste some chocolate notes in the background.

This year we are also bringing in micro-lots from CODECH. These are from higher altitude farms harvested later in the year and from specific associations under the CODECH umbrella. - Piero

CODECH (Coordinator of organizations for the development of Concepcion Huista) is located in the municipality of Concepcion Huista in the department of Huehuetenango in Guatemala. It is comprised of 10 different organizations.  CODECH comes to be in August of 1998, through the representatives of the different organizing bodies in search of alternative development programs for Concepcion Huista. Out of all the organizations 4 of these focus mainly on coffee (organic and conventional).  One of CODECH’s main objectives is the participation of women in society and the workforce. 

Projects:

• Organic farming workshops

• General agriculture workshops

• National and international commercialization workshops

• Teacher development workshops

• Women specific workshops

• Political incidence

 

Origin- Mexico
Region- Jaltenango, Chiapas
Farm- Many small-holding farmers (478 members)
Varietal- Bourbon, Typica, Caturra
Altitude- 900 - 1750 masl
Process Method- Fully washed and dried at farm

The Cup- "Sparkling citrus and malic acidities, sweet, heavy bodied, and clean."

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Farms are located in the buffer zone of El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve. The biosphere is located in the highlands of the Sierra Madre de Chiapas, El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve is one of the world’s most diverse forest reserves. This reserve contains Mesoamerica’s largest continuous cloud forest, and it serves as a refuge to thousands of plant and animal species. El Triunfo is a rare and valuable sanctuary that requires continued protection. All the coffee they produce is shade grown, and biological corridors are created in order to facilitate bird and animal migration.

Origin - Papua New Guinea

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Origin- Peru
Region- Cajamarca
Farm- Many small-holding farmers
Varietal- Typica, Caturra, and Bourbon
Altitude- 1200 - 1600 masl
Process Method- Fully washed and dried in each farm
The Cup: "Sweet, balanced, floral and toffee."

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Cenfrocafe is one of the strongest, most capable Coops in Peru. They have excellent farmers and cuppers and their ability to select and build excellent lots of coffee is unsurpassed. 

Jaen, San Ignacio and surrounding areas are frontier areas in the last 40 years. The farmers grow food and rice is prevalent in the area. The newness of the territory has allowed them to innovate without challenging old models and thus has allowed us to incentivize farmers for higher quality.

 

Origin- Sumatra
Region- Central Aceh
Farm- Cooperative Bies Utama
Variety- Hybrido de Timor, Bourbon
Altitude- 1200-1450m
Process Method- Wet Hulled
The Cup- " Round with flavors of toffee, berry and lemongrass."

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The cooperative Bies Utama was established in early 2000 in the northern region of Aceh, Sumatra and currently has some 750 members. Soon after the co-op's inception, violent conflicts between the government and separatists groups in the region forced many members of the co-op to abandoned their farmland and the coop as a whole. After the devastating 2004 earthquake which took up to 170,00 lives, the Aceh peace agreement was signed on August 15th, 2005. Many of the members that had abandoned the co-op returned to their land. In 2010 the co-op became Fair Trade certified which was a big push toward a better future. In addition to being Fairtrade certified, Bies Utama is RA and Organic certified as well. The co-op supports many sustainable efforts in their growing practices as well as social programs like - establishing public toilets, mosques, and better irrigation.