By Katie, Home Coffee Expert If you visit the coffee farms of East Africa, the first thing you will notice is the staggeringly beautiful landscapes. The second thing you will notice is that the majority of labor is performed by women. Twenty to thirty percent of African coffee farms are owned by women and women... Continue Reading →
If you've ever walked into a specialty coffee café, you know there are a plethora of unique single origin coffees available and, frankly, so many options can be mind-numbing. Our little single origin* cheat sheet is here to cut through the confusion!
Grown along Central Africa's eastern coast, south of Kenya and north of Mozambique, in Mount Kilimanjaro's old growth forests, at elevations between 4,000 and 6,000 feet above sea level, Tanzania Peaberry is a remarkably clean, round, complex coffee with the citric brightness of a Kenyan and the smooth, gentle sweetness of an Ethiopian. Tanzania's climate,... Continue Reading →
Coffee lovers, it's time to get some sugar and spice into your cup! If you are traveling to Africa, Central / South America, or Asia, we encourage you to drink like a native. These nine wonderful drinks are weaved into local tradition -- from ceremonies to egg cream, we encourage you to explore the bounty... Continue Reading →
Bright, winey, smooth, intense... Africa, largely believed to be the birthplace of coffee, possesses extraordinary coffee growing conditions with its soaring, majestic mountain ranges, consistent equatorial climate, and pristine old growth forests. From crisp and clean to exotic and honey-toned, African coffees have an elegant, assertive complexity bound to bewitch all who love a bright, crisp,... Continue Reading →
Rwanda’s coffee history is one of redemption, courage, and unqualified commitment to a better tomorrow. Known as the Land of the Thousand Hills, Rwanda’s geography and topography are near ideal for coffee growing: rich volcanic soil resting on peaks that soar 5,500 - 6,500 feet above sea level, full sun, and a constant equatorial mist.... Continue Reading →
Lake Kivu, nestled high in Africa's Kivu province, is boarded by active volcanos on the northeast and southeast and by Africa's Great Rift Valley to the extreme east. It's in this serene spot, situated between Zaire and Rwanda, in a temperate environment 5,000 feet above sea level, that these incredible coffee plants grow. When properly cultivated, harvested, and processed, Zaire... Continue Reading →
Ethiopia, a stunningly beautiful nation located on the African Horn, is the most populated landlocked country in the world. Bordered by Kenya to the south, Eritreia to the north, Djibuti and Somalia to the east, and Sudan and South Sudan to the west, Ethiopia is extraordinarily diverse with over 80 ethnic groups and a multitude of... Continue Reading →