Sourced from around the world - these are our favourite green bean origins. The stories behind the farms are amazing and the dedication for a better world, fairer pay, workers rights, commitment to sustainability in both the native flora and fauna of their lands gives us a not just a great taste and mouth-feel but a real sense of admiration for these truly amazing growers.
Here is some information about a few of the origins we regularly purchase our beans from:
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
PNG Kokoda Organic
In the Cup: Cocoa, delicate fruit, pear and nicely balanced
Origin: PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Region: Eastern Highlands, Menyamba District, Morobe
Producer: Yha Hauka Kopi
Certifications: NASAA Organic Certified,
Harvest: June to October
Varietals: Typica, Arusha
Processing: Fully washed
Altitude: 1600 - 1700 MASL
Prep: Washed, hand sorted
Being our closest neighbours, tribal owners, low travel miles the Kimel Estate bean, this has been a constant in our Signature blends.
This plantation and its tribal owners, are assured of a strong future with international markets clamouring for this high quality coffee.
Global traders and quality cup assessors have heralded the Kimel bean as being PNG’s finest single estate coffee. The result of hand picking and hand sorted quality, it presents in the cup a coffee of great flavour and complexity. This great product is well balanced with delicate acidity, rounded and smooth medium body and a great length of sweet cocoa mixed with tropical fruits and it is highly aromatic and consistent.
The world’s third largest coffee producer, with coffee grown by over 500,000 producers farming in excess of 900,000 hectares. Colombia only produces Arabica and you'll get notes like: Floral aromatics, very complex and multidimensional cups, bright and juicy acidity, solid body, balanced with a clear, refined, sweet and delicate aftertaste
Colombian growers are small producers; the national average is 1.8 hectares per farm with only 5% of producers cultivating more than 5 hectares in coffee. Main growing areas were traditionally in the centre of the country; Antioquia, Santander and the Eje Cafetero or Coffee Axis. However, the coffee crop has also moved towards the southern areas such as Huila, Tolima, Cauca and Nariño.
COLOMBIA FAIRTRADE ORGANIC EXCELSO
Sweet, currants, dark chocolate
Region: Across the Axis - El Eje Cafetero
Producer: Selected farmers
Certifications: Fairtrade Certified, NASAA Organic Certified,
Harvest: October - November (main crop)
Processing: Fully washed
Altitude: 1250 - 1650 MASL
Prep: Hand harvested
COLOMBIA EXCELSO MOUNTAIN WATER DECAFFEINATED
Raisins, chocolate, smooth, good body
The Mountain Water Decaf process is quite complex but put simply the green beans are steamed gently then immersed in water saturated with flavour compounds of coffee. As osmosis occurs, the only property that leaves the beans is caffeine. The essential flavour elements in the beans remain, balanced by the water already containing the flavour elements. The beans are then dried, analysed and cupped.
Region Various growing regions
Producer Selected farms
Packing 69kg & 30kg
Harvest October - March
Processing Washed, water decaffeination
Altitude 1200 - 2000 MASL
Prep European Preparation
Mexico is one of the largest producers of organic coffee.
In particular, the high grown Mexican coffees are noted for their complex, citrusy acidity against a balanced chocolate-toffee sweetness.
The diverse topography of Mexico allows fantastic coffee to be grown, its prime region – Chiapas shares the same mountain range with Huehuetenango – one of the best regions for coffee growing in Guatemela. The other growing regions boast fantastic bio-diversity which is setting a world class standard.
MEXICO HIGH GROWN ORGANICS CHIAPAS
In the Cup: Gingery, sweet, nutty
Region: Chiapas Region
Producer: Selected small holders
Certifications: NASAA Organic Certified
Harvest: October - March
Processing: Fully Washed
Altitude: 200 - 1200 MASL
Prep: Most shade grown, fully washed, sundried
FINCA KASSANDRA, MEXICO
"Central American Beauty"
We love these sentiments and cannot say it any better: From fincakassandra.com
Villa Kassandra is located in the high mountains of Veracruz state in eastern Sierra Madre. Founded as a cattle ranch in the 80's, shortly after it was decided to plant the first coffee plantations. Over the years, an alternative crop was looking to shade the coffee plant in 1997 and was the first macadamia trees were planted. Now, we are a company engaged in the planting, harvesting, processing, sale, distribution of green and roasted coffee and macadamia nut.
Their Mission is to provide consumers with fresh, high quality food products. And comprehensive quality standards in agricultural management, processing, sales and distribution. Keeping our commitment to customers and workers, as well as protecting wildlife and surrounding communities.
Finca Kassandra is a family owned farm on the slopes of Mount Mesofilos in the Huatusco region of Mexico. It is here the coffee, bourbon, caturra and catuai varietals, are grown at an altitude of 1200-1500 masl.
The finca is 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified and is constantly looking to new ways to ensure that production is sustainable. 27 hectares out of the 465 hectares that make up the farm have been left to grow wild creating an important habitat for native birds and plants. The coffee trees grow under shade trees and the coffee is hand picked and washed and sorted at the finca's own mills.
Don Gabriel is now in charge of growing the family business. It is his passion and experience in coffee farming and production that means that the coffee from Finca Kassandra is some of Mexico's best.
The Cup : Great plum and port like flavours dance under a body of smooth chocolate.
Acidity : Citric and Chocolate
Body: Medium, well-balanced
Finca Kassandra was awarded 2nd place overall in the prestigious Cup of Excellence 2017 in Mexico.
"From the earth"
With a simple yet powerful ideology behind them -“How can one take something from earth without harming it? Simple: we borrow it, and then we give back. It is not only about producing the best coffee of the world. It is about producing coffee for a better world.”
Situated high in the Cerrado region the farms are some of the oldest in Brazil.
The steady climate, dry-fresh winters, warm-wet summers is the perfect condition for amazing beans to be grown. The plantations are located at an average altitude of over 3.000 ft and some terroirs are around 4.000 ft.
Wind, sun and soil are exceptional for Arabica trees. The diverse altitudes and micro-climates create conditions that will later surprise the palate with a large range of flavours from velvet-chocolatey to bright-flowery profiles.
Coffee connoisseurs and world barista champions often visit the farms, and we work together to learn innovative processes for coffee cherries and creating new micro-lots of exceptional coffees.
The Daterra was the first Rainforest Alliance Farm in Brazil; First Climate-friendly farm verified to meet the Sustainable Agriculture Network’s Climate Module and Winner of the prize “Prêmio Fazenda Sustentável 2015” by Globo Rural, Brazil’s major agricultural magazine, as the most sustainable farm in the country. It truly is an exceptional origin.
Varietals: Sunrise, Monte Christo, Santa Colomba