I'm excited to announce the return of the Ethiopian Amaro Gayo coffee. This amazing natural (dry) processed coffee from the Sidamo region stands out above many others in that region, thanks to Asnakech Thomas (pictured above), Ethiopia’s only female miller/exporter. Native to the Amaro region, Asnakech learned the specialty coffee industry while living in the United States. In 2005 she decided to return to Ethiopia and improve the coffee quality and living conditions of her home community. The coffee is scrupulously harvested, sorted, and milled at her own facilities, allowing her remarkable control over her crops. Less earthy than many Sidamos, this coffee has slight blueberry notes, dried banana, berry and stonefruit, nuanced florals, and excellent body.
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.
COLOMBIA - From a small family-owned farm in Huila region; chocolate, caramel, red berry, long finish, balanced body and acidity
COSTA RICA - From Tarrazu region, well-known for high quality coffee; citrus notes of orange and tangerine, with milk chocolate, creamy
ETHIOPIA - (O) An outstanding natural Sidamo; sweet blueberry notes, dried banana, berry, stonefruit, nuanced florals, good body and balance
GUATEMALA - An award-winning high-altitude family farm in Huehuetenango; balanced sweetness, chocolate, nougat, Fuji apple
HONDURAS - (FTO) Small coffee producers’ coop in southern Capucas; clean, sweet, chocolate, soft nutty notes, mild acidity
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
NICARAGUA - (FTO) San Juan del Rio Coco region; medium body, citrus acidity, semisweet chocolate, with notes of vanilla and caramel
PERU Microlot - (FTO) A stellar microlot from a farm in the Amazonian Andes; balanced, sparkling acidity, juicy, notes of Gravenstein apple
TANZANIA Peaberry - Premium blend from seven highly regarded estates; black tea, chocolate, blackberry, kiwi, sweet lemony acidity
DECAF MEXICO - (FTO) Grown in the Sierra Madres, decaffeinated with glacial-melt water; balanced, lemony, milk chocolate, walnut
New arrivals are here!
Check out this Tanzania Peaberry (first in a long time!); a stellar Peru microlot (in a year when good Peru's are hard to find); a new Guatemala single farm origin; and the returns of Honduras Capucas and Ethiopia Amaro Gayo. The Kenya Lenana has also been restocked.
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