A fully washed Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffee, which cups sweet and aromatic with medium body and notes of peach, jasmine, lemongrass, is grown by the Konga cooperative, high in the mountains over 6,000 feet. Konga is one of 22 members in the Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers’ Cooperative Union (YCFCU). Farmer Wetye Jilo says, “I used to sell my coffee to a private buyer who always gave me a small price of 35 Birr per 100 kilos. Thanks to the union, I now get 3 times more from the same amount of coffee. My seven children are now counted among the educated, not to mention the extra income I get from the sheep and chickens, all because of the YCFCU.”
My all-time best-selling coffee, Bali Blue Moon, is back in stock. Order now, and stock up! When it's gone, it won't come back until next fall. This coffee is 100% organic, grown on the island of Bali, on “Subak Abians,” a traditional farmer organization similar to a co-op. Low acidity, smooth, syrupy body, touches of dark chocolate, vanilla bean, and buttery black licorice. Unforgettable aftertaste!
All current origins, in brief...
Note: Fair Trade (FT), Organic (O), and Rain-Forest Alliance (RFA) certifications are abbreviated below, and noted on origin pages. Certifications are helpful, but limited. Many farms without certification have spotless reputations for caring for the earth, and caring for their people and communities. I stand behind every origin I sell, as both socially and environmentally sustainable. See details about each origin. See "guiding principles" below.
BALI - (O) A perennial favorite from the Indonesian island of Bali; smooth, syrupy, vanilla, black licorice, bold
COLOMBIA - (O, RFA) From indigenous farmers in the Sierra Nevada mountains; smooth, wildflower honey, blackberry, citrus notes, currant
COSTA RICA - From Tarrazu region, well-known for high quality coffee; citrus notes of orange and tangerine, with milk chocolate, creamy
ETHIOPIA - (FTO) A great Yirgacheffe from the Konga coop; peachy, jasmine, lemongrass
HONDURAS - (FTO) "Manos de Mujer" women's coffee farmer initiative; balanced, notes of lemon, milk chocolate, roasted at medium
JAVA - (O) Taman Dadar small-holder estate; mild acidity, syrupy body, clean but complex and rich, with chocolate and walnut notes
KENYA - Shade-grown on Mt. Kenya, from the Lenana coffee program; winey acidity, honey sweet, notes of lavender and black currant
MEXICO - (RFA) A "honey-processed" coffee from Veracruz; delicate sweetness, with cedar, apricot, vanilla, and apple pie notes
NICARAGUA - (FTO) San Juan del Rio Coco region; medium body, citrus acidity, semisweet chocolate, with notes of vanilla and caramel
PANAMA - La Camiseta estate high on Barú Volcano; delicate acidity, light lavender notes, dark chocolate, orange cream, smooth mouthfeel
PAPUA NEW GUINEA - (O) Korofeigu Farmers Cooperative; earthy, spice, Mexican chocolate, toffee, almond, strawberry jam, good body
SUMATRA - (FTO) A bold Mandheling that holds up to dark roasts; cedar notes, balanced, sweet tobacco, winey, spicy, chocolate
DECAF MEXICO - (FTO) Grown in the Sierra Madres, decaffeinated with glacial-melt water; balanced, lemony, milk chocolate, walnut
Don't miss trying these new arrivals!
Price reductions: My new shipment has allowed me to lower prices on four origins: Ethiopia and Kenya are $.50/lb less than before, and Costa Rica and Honduras are reduced by $.25/lb.
Java Taman Dadar is back in stock after a brief absence. This is an excellent Indonesian origin, grown on small-holder farms. Mildly acidic, syrupy body, complex and rich.
Mexico "honey-processed" coffee from a small-lot farm in the Sierra Madres Oriental. The Sampieri family is doing amazing things with their coffee, and with their community and environment. Delicate sweetness in the cup, with cedar, apricot, vanilla, and apple pie notes.
This new Panama La Camiseta is an outstanding example of high-altitude coffee that may pleasantly surprise you, coming from a small country not as famous for its coffee.
LOCAL CUSTOMERS (Harrisonburg, VA vicinity): Pick up locally and pay no shipping! See Ordering Info page.
Since 2004 I have been a home coffee-roasting enthusiast, always in search of high-quality, socially-responsible, and environmentally-sustainable green coffee beans. I discovered the best way to do this is nurture relationships with importers who care as much about ethical coffee as I do, and to rely on their on-the-ground knowledge of coffee farms around the world. So in 2008 I started buying green coffee in quantity and reselling to home coffee roasters like myself. This little side business has brought me great satisfaction, as I now have ready access to an outstanding variety of coffee myself, and I have helped many other home roasters (even a few micro-roasting businesses) get great coffee for great prices.
My guiding principles