We are pleased to have more excellent coffee from the Asociación los Naranjos de San Agustín in Colombia. We last scored some of their coffee in March; this lot is from the last mitaca harvest, and the great news is that we have their main crop arriving in February.
Los Naranjos comprises around 50 families in and around the town of San Agustín in the Huila region in Southern Colombia. Our suppliers works very closely with the group, offering price incentives for quality picking and processing, which is the best way to improve quality and livelihoods. Continue Reading
Cooperativa Rio Azul formed in the Huehuetenango region of far-Western Guatemala in 1967. It collapsed for a time during the 1990s (around the time the coffee market price hit rock bottom…), but has been running in its current form for nearly 10 years.
They produce excellent coffee!
Members farm coffee at altitudes between 1200 and 1750m above sea level centered around the town of Jacaltenango – only 20km from the Mexican border.
The coffee plants are Caturra (60%) and Bourbón (40%), and all the coffee is processed using the washed method.
Jimma is a coffee growing region in Ethiopia’s West that hasn’t garnered the attention of the Sidamo or Yirgacheffe regions. But there is great potential; our supplier has been working with the Hawisa cooperative and the results are completely delicious!
Hawisa is grown by 235 cooperative members under partial forest cover at around 1650m asl. The producers are very much small-holders – average production per member is 150kg which equates to around one acre of land each.
There is a communal washing station where the cherries are pulped, fermented under water for 10 hours and then washed. They are then partially dried in the shade for 4-6 hours before being fully sun-dried on raised beds for 10 days.
These are quite specific processing conditions, and the results show in the cup! This is a complex and sweet coffee, with lovely fruity and floral notes.