Peru Huancas Peru Huancas
Peru Huancas from £8.80
   This coffee is grown in the Piura region of Northern Peru, this is a community lot coffee with an SCA score of 85 points. In the cup you can expect a very balanced profile, with hints of sugar cane and cocoa chocolate. Peru is the land of diversity. There are many ecosystems in Peru, and one can be found next to the other. Needless to say this impacts the range of flavours found in our cups. But to what extent? We’ve only started to grasp the very surface of understanding its true potential! One thing is sure, Peruvian coffees are all characterized by a deep sweetness. Most of the coffee producers in Peru are small-scale farmers with an average of 2 to 3 hectares. Labour is divided within the family, shared among neighbours and the community, or acquired through hiring. The latter especially happens during the busy times of the harvest season. Most producer families have their own small processing plants at farm level. Here they they de-pulp, ferment, wash and dry so that they can sell the parchment coffee. Coffee is either sold to buyers who come to the farm, or at nearby market places, where buyers’ have their agents or small offices. Approximately 30% of Peru’s coffee growers are members of cooperatives, and sell (part of) their coffees through these coöps. Over the past decades, the cooperative movement has become quite strong in the country. And this has helped the national sector to meet growing demands for Organic and Fairtrade coffee, and build a reputation as a leader in certified Arabica coffee production (in bulk volumes). Accessing certified markets has helped members of cooperatives to become less vulnerable to volatile prices of the coffee market. And price premiums have contributed in improving infrastructure, processing and exporting, training members and creating social development projects. At the same time, the infrastructure of the sector has become very focused on high volumes, and less on creating direct financial incentives for producers to invest in quality. Also, many producers lack access to technical support if they would want to shift their focus towards producing quality coffee. And there is a serious need for dialogues to understand what the specialty market requires.
Kenya Kainamui Kenya Kainamui
Kenya Kainamui from £10.00
This coffee scores 86.25 on the SCA rating and offers a bright and juicy coffee. This coffee has a silky mouthfeel of blackcurrant jam, white grape and oolong tea. The Kainamui washing station services 1800 smallholders, each of them owning on average 200 trees. Kainamui, and New Ngariama Cooperative are known for giving back a big portion of the premiums to the producers as well as they provide financial support for school fees and farming needs.Each lot consists of coffees from hundreds of smallholders in the local surroundings of the washing station (factory).They sort the cherries before it goes into production. The coffees are traditionally processed with dry fermentation before being washed and graded in channels and dried on raised beds.The farmers are mainly growing SL28 and SL34 but as with almost all Kenyan Cooperative coffees, it can be a mix of everything. Other normal cultivars are K7, Ruiru 11 and now also Batian.Vava Coffee dedicates 10% of the revenue from all coffee sales to funding the Lamu Youth in Coffee Project. This initiative is organised by Gente del Futuro (People of the Future), a collective created by Vava and made up of passionate people working towards empowering coffee communities, especially young women and girls.   Vava Coffee is a Certified B-Corp with a social enterprise business model that has a network of coffee producers in different regions of East Africa. Vava coffee exports, roasts and consults on coffee value chains, the company aims to contribute to better future prospects for coffee communities   and the industry as a whole. We are geared towards sustainable livelihoods for the people and communities we work with. Our vision is to challenge the status quo and promote positive social disruption within the Coffee industry.  
Brazil São João Batista (Microlot) Brazil São João Batista (Microlot)
Brazil São João Batista (Microlot) from £10.00
  Fantastic is the word that defines this lot, citrus and delicate notes, this coffee was born to be offered in filtered preparations and demanding palates that surely value unique experiences!The family of Renato Domingos is a pioneer in coffee quality in the city of Campos Altos - MG. It all started with his grandfather Vitorino Domingos, a pioneer producer in the planting of coffee in the cerrado of Minas Gerais.Always focused on improving the quality of the coffee, he selected on his farm a variety of Bourbon, which was registered with the name of his farm, "Red Bourbon, FSJB" (FSJB are the initials of Fazenda São João Batista). Following the story of Mr. Vitorino Renato and his Father João Domingos (IN MEMORIAN) lead the farm São João Batista with great dedication, are examples of quality in the region, are also examples of care for the environment being a reference in management of riparian forests, legal reserves and permanent preservation area. The Agricultural Cooperative of Campos Altos (CAPECA) was founded in 1974 from the need of a group of producers to acquire agricultural inputs in general, receive quality technical assistance and other incentives necessary for the development of their activities. The city is popularly known as "Portal do Cerrado Mineiro", with an average altitude of 1,100 meters. Over the years, the coffee industry has expanded throughout Brazil, consolidating itself in the cerrado of Minas Gerais. In Campos Altos, it was no different and the main activity of the CAPECA members changed to coffee production. Today CAPECA is a cooperative focused on coffee growing. Its branches of activity are: technical assistance, the sale of inputs for the conduct of coffee cultivation, storage, preparation, marketing and export of coffee from its members. Campos Altos stands out in its coffee culture as one of the best coffees in Brazil. This 87 SCA point coffee is an undeniably boozy beverage, with mulled wine and whiskey notes, and a fruit punch finish.      
Colombia El Aguila Colombia El Aguila
Colombia El Aguila from £8.55
Hints of berry and honey sweetness, and an all-day quenching quality. Located in the municipality of El Aguila in the department of Valle del Cauca, the association comprises 93 members. These producers are spread across an incredibly unique stretch of mountains, in the Tatama National Park. This geographical transition between the Andes and the Pacific Area of Colombia is biologically abundant, and an impeccable place for coffee production. Like the majority of associations, the individual farms that comprise it vary in size, between 5-15Ha. Alongside supporting El Aguila through facilitating long-term relationships with roasters around the world, we expand our support through training and sharing of expertise.  This washed coffee is grown at an altitude of 1600-2000 MASL and has a balanced flavour profile starting with hints of berry and honey sweetness, and an all-day quenching quality.
Kenya Vava Kenya Vava
Kenya Vava from £9.95
This coffee scores 86.25 on the SCA rating and offers a bright and juicy coffee. This coffee has a silky mouthfeel of citrus ,  white grape and Earl Grey tea. Kutere factory is one of two wet mills under Kikai Co-operative society in Western Kenya. The factory is located in the Namwela division on the southern slopes of Mount Elgon and lying and the Kenya-Uganda border. The Coop is managed by an elected board of 9 members. Currently, the co-op has 12 permanent members of staff who are headed by a Secretary Manager. The Secretary Manager oversees the day to day running of the co-op under the supervision of the board. The 2 wet mills in the co-op have a membership of 2333 farmers. The farmers have also diversified into dairy farming setting up a milk cooling plant as well as biogas installation on some farms. The farmers are mainly growing SL28 and SL34 but as with almost all Kenyan Cooperative coffees, it can be a mix of everything. Other normal cultivars are K7, Ruiru 11 and now also Batian.Vava Coffee dedicates 10% of the revenue from all coffee sales to funding the Lamu Youth in Coffee Project. This initiative is organised by Gente del Futuro (People of the Future), a collective created by Vava and made up of passionate people working towards empowering coffee communities, especially young women and girls. Vava Coffee is a Certified B-Corp with a social enterprise business model that has a network of coffee producers in different regions of East Africa. Vava coffee exports, roasts and consults on coffee value chains, the company aims to contribute to better future prospects for coffee communities   and the industry as a whole. We are geared towards sustainable livelihoods for the people and communities we work with. Our vision is to challenge the status quo and promote positive social disruption within the Coffee industry.  
China Banka Natural China Banka Natural
China Banka Natural from £10.80
We are delighted to be able to offer our first Chinese coffee. We attended a cupping of Asian coffees with Indochina Coffee and we were totally blown away by the excellent coffee available from this part of the world. This coffee tastes great as a filter or espresso, with a flavour profile of cherry compote, caramel and chocolate. We recommend V60 22g coffee to 250g water or espresso 18g in, 38g out. Banka Farm / Washing Station Banka farm and washing station is based in Menglian Dai, Lahu and Va Autonomous County, Yunnan and is named after the two nearby villages (Banka Yi and Banka Er) where the coffee cherry for these lots is grown and harvested. Cherry processed at Banka washing station is also grown at the nearby village of Aqi Badu as well as within the farm itself. The harvesters who bring cherries to Banka washing station are predominantly Lahu – an ethnic group that lives across China, Myanmar, Laos and Thailand. Banka farm and washing station was originally developed by Mr. Hu, a native of Yunnan, who has been producing coffee in Menglian for almost 20 years. He was one of the first farmers to engage in large scale coffee production in the county, working in partnership with Nestle and the local government. Mr. Hu is held in high esteem within the local area, employing hundreds of harvesters from various ethnic groups across his farms each year. In 2018, Yunnan Coffee Traders (YCT) took over the management of the Banka wet mill and a portion of the Banka farm, some 100 hectares of land, installing one of the region’s first optical sorters, experimenting with processing methods such as yeast fermentation and growing new varieties such as Pacamara and Yellow Bourbon. Banka farm produces both the company’s volume washed specialty lots, much of which is sold to Australia, as well as natural and honey process micro lots.
Burundi Izuba Burundi Izuba
Burundi Izuba from £8.75
Izuba, is like liquid sunshine in the cup, with a warm uplifting flavour of floral and woody notes with a hint of lychee and almond. Izuba meaning “sun” in Kirundi, is located in Runinya, Kabarore Commune, of Kayanza Province. The Izuba washing station is set close to a nearby river, providing a vital and regular freshwater source for coffee processing. The station is managed by Ntama Appolinaire, who works alongside Prosper Merrimee, the operational manager of RM Burundi. Izuba employs 2 full-time staff and around 250 seasonal workers, who are all local to the station. Izuba is situated near to the Kibira national park, where the soil and climate are paired well for fantastic coffee production. Kigeri, Ryamukona, and Mugoyi …are the three hills (collines) surrounding Izuba and the three areas in which coffee is collected or delivered from. Each volume of cherry sold to Izuba is recorded by producer and hillside, showing the minute variances in profile from locations surrounding the washing station. In 2020 we bought coffee from 1482 producers, 1169 of which were male and 313 female (around 26%). We processed 453,000kg of cherry, the max capacity of the station is 800,000kg.  Payment The station aims to provide premiums where possible to not only the farmers but the station staff also. The employees were paid 25% higher than other local washing stations and 33% more than the national average salary. Producers are paid government-set prices for coffee cherries, in 2020 these were: Cherry A (ripe) 550 BIF/kg Cherry B (underripe, floaters etc) 275 BIF/KG Producers are paid for cherry on two set payment dates in the year, which are also set by the government. The first is usually in April, very early in the harvest, and the second at the end of the harvest. Farmers essentially choose which  station they will sell to that year through the first payment then deliver there for the whole season. At the end of the season third payments are made based on the quality and final sale price of the coffee. Making these three payments on time is a key concern for producers and one of Izuba's primary goals in supporting producers. Processing Izuba currently produces washed coffees and is actively developing both honey and natural processed lots, which will become larger in volume this year. Washed coffees are fermented for around 12 hours and dried for an average of 20 days. Naturals take around 30 days of drying time. Potato defect is tackled firstly through very thorough floating of cherries and then primarily by extensive wet sorting (this is the hand sorting that takes place under cover when the coffee has just been pulped and is still wet- the potato defect beans are most visible at this point).  Two new additional wet sorting sheds were added in 2020 to further improve this process. Once the coffee has been fully processed, the remaining coffee pulp is turned into a natural fertiliser as it degrades. When ready, it is distributed to local farmers to add nutrients to their soil. Izuba Region: Runinya, Kayanza ProvinceCountry: Burundi Altitude: 1500 - 1700 MASL Variety: Red BourbonProcess: Washed, Natural Screen Size: 15+ Preparation: Euro Prep 0,20Sorting: OpticalPacking: Eco-tact