90+ Series: Kenya Nyeri GIATHUGU AA

For our 90+ Series we are on the lookout for exceptional beans, scoring 90 points or more in our cupping rating. In our philosophy is great coffee by nature fruity, floral, juicy, and has a super clean and long aftertaste.

Tasting notes: Berry flavors, notes of almond and brown sugar, very bright and clean

Cooperative: Rugi Farmers Cooperative Society

Location: Mukurweini District

Altitude: Approx. 1,600 meters above sea level

Importer: 32 Cup Coffee Merchants

Rob Says: This lot was bought in auction (by Kenyacof) on January 31st 2018 and fetched the highest price Giathugu got all season.

Rugi FCS their goal is to increase coffee production quality through consistent farmer training. Through the financing the cooperative receives, farmers are given monetary assistance for school as well.

All coffee cherries are hand picked and delivered to the mill the same day, where they undergo meticulous sorting, guided by the ‘Cherry Clerk’.

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Kenya Muranga MIRICHU PB

  • Fruity sensation
  • Chocolate
  • Nice body

Screen size: PB or Peaberry

Variety: SL 28 and 34 and some Ruiru 11

Processing: Washed

Exporter: Kenyacof

Importer: 32 Cup Coffee Merchants

Rob Says: This is a coffee we bought at the Nairobi Coffee Exchange. Last year at February 20 we bought 491 kilo’s of the Mirichu PB. It was the only Mirichu Peaberry lot of the year.

Every year we tend to buy a mixture of AA, AB and PB lots. Mainly the last screen size is the hardest to buy, surely when the crop is a bit lower and most of the Peaberry lots to small to reach the auction.

We like these PB’s a lot for its ‘explosive’ taste and bigger body. Also they have the reputation of conserving better than the AB or AA beans.

In Rwanda it happens that the -14 screen sizes are catalogued as PB although it’s strictly seen just ‘small beans’. In this Mirichu PB you find peaberry beans in all sizes….

90+ Series: Colombia Narino JOSE ABELARDO

For our 90+ Series we are on the lookout for exceptional beans, scoring 90 points or more in our cupping rating. In our philosophy is great coffee by nature fruity, floral, juicy, and has a super clean and long aftertaste.

Tasting notes: Fig, pomelo, molasses and ripe stone fruit

Variety: Caturra

Processing: Washed Microlot

Harvest: June-July

Fermentation: 12 hours

Drying: Patio – 8 days

Importer: 32 Cup Coffee Merchants

Rob Says: This super extraordinary coffee has this special ‘twang’ of ripe fruit. It is a washed processed coffee, but almost taste like a natural. All this thanks to the specific attention at the farm, to enhanced the sweeter components in the coffee.

The farm of Jose Abelardo is beautifully situated for quality coffee, and the soils, shade, and processing have all been preserved to be able to produce more high-quality lots. It sits at an altitude around 2,000 to 2,100 masl with a beautiful view back into the valley. It is a more typical small farm in Nariño, a bit North above the equator, with hand processing throughout and a traditional tile fermentation overnight. Jose has 2,000 coffee trees on 1 ha of his 4 ha farm.

NEW SERIES, NEW COFFEE: LAUNCH THE SECOND WEEK OF 2019

Peru Amazonas MENDOZA LINARES

  • Almond/marsepin flavors
  • Buttery mouthfeel
  • Smooth and balanced cup

Location: San Miguel – El Palto municipalty

Lot: Washed microlot organic

Varieties: Pache, Catuai, Catimor

Altitude: 1650 – 1750 masl

Corporation:  JUMARP El Palto

Importer: 32 Cup Coffee Merchants

Rob Says: For years Peru has been seen as a good country for affordable, mainly organic, coffee. This all started to change a couple of years ago and seems to evolve into high cupping coffees from farms all over Northern Peru.

At the Jumarp El Palto coop they invest, alongside ambitious families and a supportive government, into better infrastructure. When farming above 1600 masl we notice great Specialty microlots already, and an ambition to do even better in the near future. To be continued.

The processing at Fazenda Mendoza Linares goes relatively classic with a 24h fermentation and 8 days of drying.

THIS COFFEE SHOULD BE ON OUR LIST AT THE BEGINNING OF 2019

Peru Amazonas HERRERA CULQUI

  • Notes of Walnut and Beechnut
  • Cane sugar
  • Floral

Location: Vista Hermoza, El Palto municipalty

Farm size: 5,75 hectares

Processing: Washed microlot organic

Variety: Mix of Pache, Caturra, Typica, Villa Sarchi

Altitude: 1750-1850

Importer: 32 Cup Coffee Merchants

Rob Says: Nearby Cajamarca province we have Amazonas province. Comparable conditions (climate, soil, ….), but a little earlier in harvest.

Our basic idea on coffee offer and blending is to stock some smooth and low acidity coffees to balance with all that fruity African coffee and we think Guatemalan coffees during summer/autumn and Peruvian stuff for winter/spring works best.

This organic coffee from Familia Herrera Culqui is very easy going, sweet and suitable for both filter or espresso roasts.

THIS COFFEE SHOULD HIT OUR COFFEE ROASTER BY CHRISTMAS 2018