- MexicoLucas RobleroThe country of Mexico is a relative newcomer onto the specialty coffee scene, having historically focused much of their efforts instead on the production of Fair Trade and Organic certified coffees, most of which fall below specialty grade. More recently, however, there has been a big push within Mexico's coffee community to invest in quality improvements by way of technology, education, and increased transparency. Their efforts are producing some very impressive results these past few years, with each season seeing more excellent coffee hitting the market. This coffee, from producer Lucas Roblero, is part of a new program through Cafe Imports that is encouraging the separation of single producer lots and paying higher returns to those with exceptional quality. Sr. Roblero's farm is located in the buffer zone of the El Triunfo Biophere Reserve, one of the most diverse forest reserves in the world, located in the Sierra Madre de Chiapas. This group of dormant volcanoes contains the perfect combination of rich soil and cool weather which supports the growth of high quality coffee.
- GuatemalaLa Bolsa TerrazasThis Guatemalan coffee is from a longtime frontrunner in quality from that region, Finca La Bolsa, an estate located in the area of La Libertad near the Mexican border, nested in a valley between two mountains. The estate contains its own spring and two rivers, which are used in their onsite washing stations. The name Terrazas, which in Spanish means "terraces", is meant to indicate the particular section of land this coffee came from. The first thing we noticed was a floral aroma, which complements a red fruit sweetness in the cup. Balanced yet fruit forward, this coffee will satisfy all sorts.
- EthiopiaECX Top LotThere's no other country that grows coffee quite like Ethiopia, and inside of Ethiopia, there is no region more renowned than Yirgacheffe. Yirgacheffe coffees are world famous for their unique flavors of strawberry, citrus, and black tea, and this coffee is one of the best examples of this classic profile we've seen all year. The Ethiopian Commodities Exchange (ECX for short) is a government run auction that handles nearly all of the coffee that is grown in the country every year. As a regulatory organization, it does a pretty lousy job at separating who grew which coffees, however, the country of Ethiopia grows some of the best coffee in the world, and if we have to jump through some bureaucratic hoops to get it, so be it. We love this coffee's juicy mouthfeel and concord grape, strawberry, and lemon tea flavors.
- EthiopiaGuji UragaThe Uraga region, where this coffee is grown, mainly produces crops such as maize, wheat, and barley, with only a tiny fraction of the area dedicated to coffee. Until last year the outside world had almost no access to the coffees from this area, a fact which makes sense in Ethiopia, a country that consumes more than half of their crop domestically. We tasted notes of Tahitian vanilla bean, cardamon, and orange blossom, complemented by a velvety body and richness that is rarely seen in Ethiopian coffees.
- CascaraFinca Las Lajas, Costa RicaCascara, also known as coffee cherry tea, is the dried fruit of the coffee plant. When processing coffee beans, the first step is to remove the outer layers of the coffee's fruit, called a cherry, which is similar in feel to a grape, but smaller and with a deep red hue. When making cascara, this outer fruit is set aside, cleaned, and laid out to dry. Cascara can be brewed alone like a tea, or tossed in with mulling spices to create a delicious holiday cider. Cascara tastes similar to dried black cherries, but with a slightly more savory quality, reminiscent of fresh cedar. We enjoy ours at a ratio of 16 grams of cascara to 300 ml of hot water, right off the boil, steeped for four minutes.
- TriforceEspresso BlendWelcome to our inaugural espresso blend! Though the blend is subject to seasonal availability (we wouldn't want to give you less than the best!) Triforce will always be juicy, vibrant, and impeccably balanced.The current rendition of Triforce is a two bean blend, both coffees washed and sun-dried: 75% Guatemala Aroma de Canalaj, 25% Ethiopia Yirgacheffe ECX Top Lot
- MexicoDECAFThis is a decaf coffee that doesn't leave anything out. It teems with sweet, juicy tobacco and milk chocolate notes. Subtle umami and a gentle pepperiness give this coffee's body fullness and warmth. Full, Piquant, Resonant.