11 September 2014
Following some Africans that were rolled out in recent weeks, it is nice to have a change in our offering this time round, with a new Brazilian coffee showcased as a single origin espresso.
Fazenda Santa Rosa is located in the tropical climate of Soledade de Minas, 15 km from Carmo de Minas. The farm enjoys the perfect conditions for specialty coffee with a relatively high altitude, and well-drained fertile soil. Since purchasing the undulating hills of land that was to become his farm Santa Rosa in 1986, Samir Matuck has worked tirelessly to build his farm from the ground up. Now coffee plantations occupy the hills and stretch for over 150 hectares. This lot is pure Yellow Bourbon. The farm is also planted with Acaiá, Catuaí, and Yellow Icatú varieties.
The processing of cherries at Santa Rosa has been gradually built on and improved over the past 20+ years. Today the facilities encompass washing channels for the separation of unripe cherries, paved drying patios for preliminary drying, and 10 wooden silos for the control of individual production lots. The coffee produced on the estate is laid to rest in the silos before final dry processing.
09 September 2014
Following the quick run of Chelelektu, we are rolling out another Ethiopian coffee for those Yirgacheffe lovers.
This lot comes from a washing station in the Kore village, situated in the Kochore woreda (district), south of Yirgacheffe town. There are many private and cooperative stations in this area and as one of the official designations of the Ethiopian Commodities Exchange, many coffees can be sold as Kochore/Kochere .This coffee is from one washing station very close to the main commercial town of Chelelektu. The station buys coffee cherry at prices that ranged from 11 to 15 birr per kg of cherry in the past season, quite a lot more than other zones in Ethiopia where farmers are paid as little as 5 birr. Coffees in this area are grown at very high altitudes with many farms above 2000 meters. The coffee is delivered down from these high altitudes to the washing station where it is traditionally wet-processed and laid to dry on raised beds.
04 September 2014
Just back from the Southern hemisphere, the overhang of jet-lag has not stopped us from rolling out a new coffee after a 2.5week hiatus. Hailing from East Africa, we are excited to present this new coffee from Gitesi, Rwanda.
There is always an element of “caution” when we cup samples of coffees from East Africa, like Rwanda and Burundi. One of the common problems with coffee from these origins - the potato-taste defect. This defect is not easily detectable visually in the green coffee or in roasted form. Up till now, there is no mechanical way to identify and remove infected beans. Hence, even with top coffees, an occasional cup will have this potato taste. One can smell the odour of freshly-peeled potato in the ground coffee and also from the smell when the coffee is brewed. While we are excited about high-quality Rwandan coffees, the potato-taste defect creates an obstacle for sourcing. Instead of choosing to sideline coffees from this region, we have chosen to buy these coffees, albeit with caution, so as to continue supporting the splendid work by these producers.
31 July 2014
OK, we admit this news is slightly overdue but we are here nonetheless as we officially launch the new iteration of our Four Chairs Espresso, version 3!
The coffee rust disease that is sweeping through Central America last year is really affecting our producers hugely. Many have experienced big drops in coffee harvests compared to previous year. This in turn makes our job even more challenging this year as we have to seek out even more producers for that cup of coffee that we feel works for us. The good news is that even though quantity has suffered greatly, quality on the other hand has improved with noticeable results on the cupping table.
18 July 2014
Finally a new Ethiopian coffee has re-surfaced on our retail rack since the last coffee from Africa. Like many others, we always have an affinity towards Ethiopian coffee. They can be so addictive that we find our Ethiopian coffees always run out a lot faster than we would expect. So this year, we have planned a pipeline of coffees from Africa to satisfy our “thirsty” customers. First up is an amazingly sweet coffee from a washing station near Chele’lektu, situated in the Yirga Cheffe region. This lot is made up of many small lots from around the town of Chele’lektu in the Kochore Woreda of Yirga Cheffe. The altitudes of farms in this area range from 1850 to 2000+ meters, with approximately 600 small-holder farmers contributing to this lot.