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Curious about beans? We source from twelve countries, and where your coffee is grown has a huge effect on flavour; from the country, region or even the farm and their processing methods.

Have a little read about our farms and beans below. 

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Honduras

Our Honduras beans are farmed and grown by a cooperative of farmers all part of the COAGRICSAL (Agricultural Cooperative Cafetalera San Antonio Limited) organisation. COAGRICSAL is an organization of coffee producers who are committed to social and environment standards.

 

The harmonious relationship between human beings and the environment is something COAGRICSAL holds to be sacred. Centralising their harvesting methods around environmentally sustainable practices, the cooperative took action to revive their effected ecosystems. Our beans are roasted here in the UK and every bean sold supports the Neotropical Primate Conservation (NPC), whose cause is dedicated to the conservation of primates and their habitats in Central and South America.  

Generally, Honduran coffee is aromatic, fragrant and refreshing. Its body is often described as medium and round, and its acidity is generally well-balanced. Our beans are from the Montecillos region and are SHG (Strictly High Grown), SHG specifies that the coffee was grown at an altitude above 1200 meters. Coffee grown at a higher altitude and lower temperature produces a slower maturing fruit and a denser bean, allowing more time for the bean to develop and enhance its flavour, which creates a more desirable specialty cup.  

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Nicaragua

Coffee can be traced back as far back as 1796 in Nicaragua. However, it wasn’t until almost 50 years later when the gold rush escalated travel to the region and the word of Nicaraguan coffee started to spread. Fast forward to present day and Nicaragua has a highly accredited coffee industry with tens of thousands of farms supporting nearly 300,000 employees.

 

Through careful management and government projects of the landscape, coffee growers work side by side with wildlife charities, such as the Neotropical Primate Conservation, whose incredible work helps prevent the extinction of the beautiful Nicaraguan Spider Monkey.

 

Our Nicaraguan beans are from the Esteli estate in Nicaragua’s Central northern mountains and are classed as SHG (strictly high grown). SHG specifies that the coffee was grown at an altitude above 1200 meters. Coffee grown at a higher altitude and lower temperature produces a slower maturing fruit and a denser bean, which creates a more desirable specialty cup. The longer maturation period allows more time for the bean to develop and enhance its flavour. The bean also absorbs more of the fruitiness of the surrounding pulp. 

Most Nicaraguan beans deliver a medium to smooth body and a moderate to bright acidity that is accompanied by a crisp, fruity, and clearly defined snap. Specific flavours can vary from mild fruitiness, citrus, and floral, to hints of chocolate with a toasty or nutty finish with vanilla overtones.  

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Ethiopia

Ethiopia produces some of the best quality coffee available and is held in high esteem with coffee lovers. The beans we sell come from Negele Gurbitu, in the Yirgacheffe region, which is a famous coffee growing region and ranked one of the top ten coffee regions in the world.

Ethiopia grows only arabica coffee, and often has exciting bright citrus acidity and floral aromas. Ripe fruit flavours can be present, like bergamot or blueberry. The wide range of flavours found can be attributed to the high elevation. With altitudes between 1400-2200 metres, the coffee grows slower and denser meaning complex sugars have more time to develop in higher concentrations.

Our beans are grown very high up - between 1700 to 2000 meters, and the coffee trees are of the fantastic Heirloom variety. Expect really jazzy and floral flavours; think of Earl Grey tea and whisky.

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Brazil

Our Brazilian El Dorado beans are an award-winning single origin from the famous Alta Mogiana and has won the Cup of Excellence award not only once, but twice. 

 

The owner of our farm has been working in coffee for over 55 years, and his wife is the daughter of a coffee farmer. Today the farm is managed by their son, he is the second generation and his whole life has been in the world of coffee. He also wants to leave a legacy for his own children through sustainable production. This truly is a family orientated business with coffee at their hearts and souls.  

 

They have a very long tradition of producing great coffees and have won numerous awards. In 2019 they won 1st place in the Cup of Excellence Brazil and in 2017 they won 1st place in the Cup of Excellence on the Quality on the Microlots category, and 16th Place in the Cup of Excellence Naturals Category.  

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Rwanda

As Rwanda has no coastline it can be expensive to export the coffee. There are some 400,000 small-scale growers and all coffee is Arabica.

Our coffee, which is grown at 1,400 - 1,900 meters, is from the varieties Bourbon and Typica and is a fully washed mix of coffees from 40 washing stations and 35,000 farmers in Rwanda.

 

The coffee is hulled, graded and hand sorted at the Rwanda Trading Company in Kigali. This is a fruity and well balanced sweet coffee with beautiful hints of cranberries. We roast our Rwanda coffee beans to a light to medium level.

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India

Indian coffee production is focussed in the furthest southern regions of the country with 90% grown in Karnataka, Kerela and Tamil Nadu on small farms of less than 25 acres.

 

What is most remarkable about Indian coffee is a process unique to them named 'monsooned' coffee. Green coffee which has been dry processed will be stored in open sided warehouses along the coast. Exposed to tropical air for a few months, the coffee absorbs moisture which results in a bolder body and muted acidity. For this reason we add Monsoon Malabar to three of our blends; the San-Sal Sundari, the San-Sal Suave and the Jazirah Rasa. 

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Guatemala

Our Guatemalan coffee beans are from plantations in volcanic valleys surrounding Antigua. This coffee is surrounded by three volcanoes: Agua, Fuego and Acatenango. The plantations have rich volcanic soil and excellent growing conditions at an altitude of 1650 metres.

We use Arabica varieties; Caturra, Bourbon and Typica.

This coffee is chocolatey and sweet with a beautiful body. There are notes of blackberries in the aroma - Absolutely delicious.

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Costa Rica

Costa Rica produces only Arabicas, the most common being Typica, Caturra, Catuai, Villa Sarchi, Bourbon & Gesha.

Having high altitudes, fertile soil and many micro climates ranging over its 8 growing regions of Tarrazú, West Valley, Central Valley, Tres Rios, Brunca, Orosi, Turrialba and Guanacaste means assigning a general flavour description to Costa Rican coffee is difficult, as each produces different characteristics. The honey process has also gained great popularity due to the resulting sweet, berry like flavours. Honey process entails the beans are dried with some amount of the sticky mucilage from the coffee cherry still left on after pulping.

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El Salvador

Our coffee from El Salvador is from the Las Isabellas farm and is a mixture of the Pacamara and Bourbon plant varieties. Las Isabellas is located in the south face of "Cerron Grande" of Apaneca at the west region of El Salvador at an altitude of 1200 to 1450m and is part of the Blue Harvest project.

At Las Isabellas you can find 175 acres of natural forest, natural springs and waterfalls. Las Isabellas is a certified Rainforest Alliance farm. The owner of the farm is Jose Roberto Santamaria who is dedicated to managing the farm and the mill.

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Indonesia

Indonesia is made up of thousands of islands and is the fourth largest coffee producer in the world. The islands most famous for their coffee are Sulawesi, Timor, Sumatra and Java.

Our coffee is grown near Lake Toba, which is the largest volcanic lake in the world, on the isle of Sumatra. It's processed using the traditional Giling Basah method, giving this coffee a huge body and a spicy aroma with hints of tobacco. The varieties are Catimor and Typica.

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Colombia

Colombia is one of the finest coffee growing countries in the world and coffee beans from here have a fantastic reputation. The beans are sourced from the Antioquia/Medellin region. 

Antioquia is the largest growing region in Colombia, is the birthplace of the Colombian coffee industry and home to some of the finest coffee farms in the world. 

 

This supremo coffee is of the Caturra, Typica and Bourbon varieties and has a chocolatey and nutty undertone. 

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