Guatemala La Esperanza – Espresso
11,00€ – 39,50€
Variety: Villa Sarchi
Notes: Nectarina, piña, caramelo, avellana.
La Esperanza is fairly small, flat, and well organised farm in Antigua that produces around 1 container of coffee per year. The farm is connected to Beneficio La Esperanza wet mill, both are owned by Los Volcanes Coffee, also known as LVC additionally, La Esperanza has become set up to be a teaching farm where the partner producers come to participate in workshops and training on how to improve their own farms and learn organic growing techniques.
This coffee is processed directly at the mill, Beneficio La Esperanza, using traditional washing techniques; the coffees were taken out to patio-drying for 18 days drying with a lot of care being taken with the movement and stacking of the coffee.
12,00€ – 43,00€
Variety: Red bourbon
Notes: Tropical fruits, yogurt, roasted almonds, milk chocolate.
Salum is the only Burundian producer to own his own farm and washing stations in a country where 95% of the coffee industry is divided between 2 major players. His farm is located in Mbirizi. It is one of the largest in the country with some 7,000 trees. His 4 washing stations are Buzira, Shembati, Sehe and Butaganzwa. They are all located at altitudes of between 1,700 and 2,100 meters and Salum has a working relationship with over 8,700 farmers. In order to encourage his producers to harvest only very ripe cherries, Salum pays a much higher price for one kilo of cherries than the actual market price, in a country where the standard of living is among the lowest in the world. He has also set up his own transport company to control how his coffees are transported from the washing station to the port.
11,00€ – 39,50€
Region: Kota Kebele, Oromia
Notes: Apricot, cherry, vanilla, chocolate
Mensur Aba Hika’s Farm is just over 18 hectares at 2000 masl, the main harvest happen from October to December and the harvest is done exclusively through selective hand-picking. This lot has been processed as natural on raised beds for a period of 15 to 24 days depending on the weather condition. Most coffees from Ethiopia comes from a specific Cooperative, wherein many small farm holders from that region/cooperative deliver their cherries to get processed.
This particular coffee comes from a single farm, produced by Mensur Aba Hika. This means that the coffee is farmed and processed by him. A single farm offering from Ethiopia is rare, and very exciting.