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!
Single origin, microlot, co-op, small farm: what’s the difference?
Microlot, single origin, small farm, estate -- a coffee's origin and traceability has taken on new value in recent years but understanding the difference and what, if anything it means for your cup, can be tricky. Thankfully, we are up for a challenge! In this blog, moving from macro to micro, we decode these frequently-used, seldom-described coffee descriptives.
Direct Trade or Fair Trade?
Let’s face it, coffee ethics and sourcing are complicated. Two decades ago, a savvy connoisseur only had to choose between Robusta and Arabica, regular and decaf. Today, a sophisticated drinker faces a myriad of options each time they purchase a pound or cup of coffee. One of those options – and one we find is... Continue Reading →
Coffee profile: El Eden Mexican Guerrero
El Eden's Mexican Guerrero comes to us from the El Eden Cooperative*, located in Atoyac de Alvarez, Guerrero, Mexico. Atoyac de Alvarez is located high in the jungle, approximately 200 miles southwest of Mexico City, nestled between the Pacific Ocean to the south and the Seirre Madre Sur Mountains to the north. Atoyac's location, though difficult to... Continue Reading →
Coffee profile: Organically-grown Colombian Campasina
Colombia, long known as the home of Juan Valdez and many of the world's finest coffees, has a large, complex coffee growing regions, known as cordilleras, that span the mountain ranges of the Colombian Andes. The QB / Mills coffee comes from a region known as Huila. Huila, located in the south eastern part of... Continue Reading →
Coffee profile: Café la Reina
El Salvador, the smallest, most densely populated country in Central America, borders Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. This beautiful country boasts all the best that nature can offer -- stunning beaches, pristine lakes, and soaring mountains that drop directly into the Pacific. Once you've touched down, you are only an hour's drive from a great... Continue Reading →
Coffee profile: Organic Peru Dark Roast
This organic, Smithsonian-certified, shade grown coffee grows on small farms, on the western slopes of the Andes Mountains, in Peru's Chanchamayo region. It is a strictly high grown (4-5K feet above sea level), 100% Arabica coffee. This particular farm is certified 'Bird Friendly' by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, which supports shade grown coffees. Shade... Continue Reading →
Coffee profile: Dominican Café La Cotorra
"Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back to, and reasons to stay" - Dalai Lama Dominican Café La Cotorra is more than just a coffee farm; it is a home, sanctuary, tradition, and most importantly, a community. Nestled in the mountainous southeastern corner of the Dominican Republic, this wonderful farm is presently... Continue Reading →
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