Looking for an outstanding coffee, from a co-op doing ground-breaking work to improve their environment, build up the community, and empower their members? The COCAFCAL association in the Capucas region of Honduras is doing just that! Read up on their work here. From building neighborhood soccer fields, to providing medical care, to improving women's financial security, the list of initiatives is impressive. All this, and the coffee is wonderful to drink, too: Clean, sweet, chocolate notes, soft nutty notes, mild acidity, full body, balanced. Check it out!
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.
BRAZIL PEABERRY - (RFA) From award-winning Daterra, an amazingly tiny peaberry; distinctive nuttiness, hint of soft fruit.
COLOMBIA - (FTO) From ANEI, an indigenous co-op high in coastal mountains; sweet cherry, milk chocolate, creamy texture, caramel
COSTA RICA - From Tarrazu region, well-known for high quality coffee; citrus notes of orange and tangerine, with milk chocolate, creamy
GUATEMALA - A great family farm operation in Huehuetenango; Full-bodied, citrus acidity; milk chocolate, clementine, and a buttery finish.
HONDURAS - (FTO) Small coffee producers’ coop in southern Capucas; clean, sweet, chocolate, soft nutty notes, mild acidity
KENYA - (O) Shade-grown on Mt. Kenya, one of few Kenyan organic estates; tart and complex citrus, strawberry, green apple, clean finish
NICARAGUA - From a model sustainable estate, Selva Negra, in the Matagalpa highlands; full-bodied, medium acidity, orange, 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
DECAF MEXICO - (FTO) Grown in the Sierra Madres, decaffeinated with glacial-melt water; balanced, lemony, milk chocolate, walnut
All my new coffees are now in stock, and listed, and available for sale. Check them out on the Green Coffee page or see the brief summaries below left.
I'm especially excited about a new Colombian grown by a woman-run indigenous cooperative high up the Sierra Nevada mountains of Colombia, accessible only by burro. This is an outstanding coffee with a great story behind it!
And I also just got in an amazing Brazilian Peaberry Pearl from the award-winning Daterra coffee farms. You will be impressed!
Also just in, a Costa Rican coffee from Tarrazu, from the La Pastora farm.
And check out the new Panama and Papua New Guinea!
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