Colombia Narino FINCA EL EUCALIPTO

  • Very fruity and easy cup
  • Nice acidity
  • Notes of Apricot and Quince

Producer: Family Cabrera

Variety: Caturra & Colombia

Altitude: 1750 masl

Exporter: Portillas Cafe

Importer: Daarnhouwer & Co

Rob Says: The two lots we bought from Portillas cafe have both Colombia as most important variety, which is a first timer for us.

Caturra is derived from the Bourbon mother variety and represents 25% of all Colombian production. (All Bourbon in total is 45%). The Colombia variety on the other hand is a cross between the Caturra and Timor, which originates from the Typica. (Typica in Colombia is 25% of the total coffee volume).

Cinecafé, a Colombian coffee research center, has 3 more funky new coffee varieties on its record: Castillo, Tabi and the all new Cinecafe 1. Probably you will hear more from these the upcoming years…

THIS COFFEE IS EXPECTED TO BE ROASTED AROUND MID JAN

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Colombia Narino FINCA LA ESMERALDA

  • Tobacco
  • Red Berry and Raisins
  • Small notes of Whiskey and Chocolate

Producer: Family Cabrera

Processing: Washed/Sun dried

Variety: Colombia & Castillo

Altitude: 1700 masl

Exporter: Portillas Cafe

Importer: Daarnhouwer & Co

Rob Says: First time ever we work with this Colombian exporter, Portillas Cafe, founded by Rachel and Frank Portilla. We think they did an unbelievable job, since the coffee is very clean and fruity.

Most Colombian coffees are mixed coffees from different producers. This doesn’t mean it’s not valuable, but we are very happy that for 2018 we bought two small lots that are Single Estate coffees. This makes the coffee more traceable and also helps us to get the money into the right hands, which is, to us, mainly the hands that do most of the work; the producers.

THIS COFFEE SHOULD BE HITTING THE ROASTER BY MID JANUARI 2018

Kenya Kirinyaga GAKUYU INI AA

  • Violet, Marsepan, Yellow Prunes
  • Refreshing Acidity
  • Notes of Elixir d’Anvers Liquor

Variety: SL 28/SL 34

Soil: Red Volcanic

Processing: Fully washed & dried on African beds

Importer: 32 Cup Coffee Merchants

Rob Says: This AA was my favourite coffee on our buying trip earlier the year. Certainly the sparkling acidity was something we didn’t taste in a very long time.

During the harvest, farmers selectively handpick the ripest, reddest cherries, which are then delivered to the cooperative’s wet mill on the same day. Cherries are hand sorted prior to pulping, with damaged and under ripe cherries being separated out from the red, ripe lots, and are further defined into lots according to quality. After pulping the coffee is fermented for between 12 to 16 hours. After fermentation, the coffee is washed in clean, fresh river water to remove all traces of mucilage before being delivered through sorting channels to dry on raised beds.

Brazil Sul de Minas PE DE CEDRO Estate

  • Full bodied
  • Smooth and balanced cup
  • Notes of Chocolate, grapes and raisins

Producer: Edson Morais de Barros

Processing: Natural

Variety: Yellow Bourbon

Location: Pouso Alto

Altitude: 1000 – 1250m

Exporter: Cocariva

Importer: 32 Cup Coffee Merchants

Rob Says: Every year we try to pick one or two typical Brazilians coffees, mainly with the focus on espresso brewing.

This years pick is a smooth but powerful Yellow Bourbon produced in an environmental friendly way at the slopes of the Serra da Mantiqueira mountains. All beans are picked by hand and the processing, with state-of-the-art machinery, starts the same day of the harvesting. This all brings quality up and that you can taste in your cup.

THIS COFFEE IS FORSEEN FOR DECEMBER 2017

Burundi Kayanza GAHAHE

  • Chewing gum flavors
  • Very fruity after taste
  • Nice medium acidity

Variety: Bourbon

Altitude: Around 1700 masl

Picking: Only the ripest cherries, by hand

Washing Station Manager: Greenco

Importer: 32 Cup Coffee Merchants

 

Rob Says: Since a couple years, a lot more focus is being put on how to limit potato taste defect in the cup. Since it is generally accepted that a strong selection drastically reduces the number of affected beans, washing stations all across the country focus on better selection methods. A campaign was launched from the national coffee institute as well to encourage producers to float their cherries in the river before they bring it to the washing station. This has motivated producers to select their cherries on maturity and through flotation before they make the journey to the closest washing station. This way, they meet Greenco’s quality standard and they can benefit from their good cherry price which sits above the national minimum.

WE EXPECT TO START ROASTING THIS LOT THE FIRST WEEKS OF DECEMBER 2017