Sample roasting

For this blogpost, I wanted us to go through sample roasting. How do we go about doing it? Well, let’s start with the basics. What is a sample roast ? Anything from 50-300 grams of coffee can be roasted on a sample roaster.  It usually takes less time than a normal Read more…

Limited selection of coffees from Java, Indonesia

For the second year we are doing a small and limited selection of fully washed Indonesian coffees from Java. These coffees are in our opinion pretty unique and different from most other Indonesian coffees. It’s all from Frinsa Estate located in West Java. We were there in September and have done our final selection and approved the PSS samples. These coffees are now ready to ship and should arrive in end December.

Tanzania coffee farm

Tanzania update 2017

Tanzania has been the most exciting country for me this year, largely ignored and marginalized for never quite having good enough coffee, well I am happy to completely disagree! While there is no doubt there are some areas of concern one should pay serious attention to, and a certain effort in finding great coffees and making sure they arrive in your warehouse tasting as great, what would the point be in only looking in places where good coffees came easily.

Joanne Berry from Nordic Approach inspecting coffee in Burundi

Burundi update 2017

Burundi is a tiny country with a history of conflict and struggle, known for its close relation to its neighbour in the north. Yet whenever I have crossed from Rwanda into Burundi I have felt a stark contrast between the two countries. Of course, I see the rolling hills unfold Read more…

rwanda coffee washing station

Rwanda update 2017

I have just returned from a trip to Rwanda where we visited our partners and cupped through a wide range of coffees coming out of this season’s harvest. We are excited about the coffees we will have in this year!
We love Rwandan coffee and have been working with many of the same suppliers for the last 5 to 6 years. They have consistently been working on their production, and we have seen the coffees being produced have great consistency in cup quality.

Marianela Montera, Costa Rica

Get to Know Our Fresh Crop Costa Ricans with Marianela

Our fresh crop Costa Ricans have landed in our warehouse in New Jersey. 🙌 Whether you are looking for honeys that pop or a Geisha that stuns, we got you covered. We all know there’s a lot to love about Costa Rica. Whether it’s the lush mountains from a picture or the promise of adventure in a tourism catalog, we already feel close ties to this coffee origin. We may even have been fortunate enough to experience these things first hand.

Ethiopia, coffee

First shipment of current crop Ethiopia has arrived!

we have an established office and lab space that has been fully operational throughout this season, this has given us an ability to function on a much broader scale in our efforts to find coffees that are cupping great and show a good range of what can be produced in Ethiopia. It has also facilitated building relationships with new suppliers and stronger relationships with our existing partners.

Kenya

Kenya 2017 Preview

Kenyan coffees are important to us, and we love both the big classic fruit profiles as well as the subtle, herbal-like Kenyans. It has taken a little more cupping work this year to find the kind of coffees we love Kenya for and we realise they are expensive, we have been extra careful to only buy coffees that at the time we cupped them for purchase were tasting outstanding!

Handsorting our cherries at Finca La Illusion in Santa Ana.

El Salvador update 2017

The first El Salvadors from Las Cruces are shipped and on the way. Los Pirineos just ended the harvest and we are currently making our selection. Quality this year looks great. Compared to last year’s cupping, at this stage the coffees seems to be more intense and fruit driven, with a lot of structure and body to it. We spent days in different periods both in the fields and at the cupping table and we have high hopes for both quality and new interesting profiles. 

Costa Rica coffee landscape

Preview of the 2017 harvest in Costa Rica

Last year was a pretty productive harvest for Costa Rica. In the history of the country there hadn’t been so much volume like the 2015-2016 harvest. Which was good but at the same time tough for farmers to sell their coffees because of the high offer in the market. Despite the harvest was massive for Costa Rica, the good quality was there and I found great coffees among a small group of 6 farmers, with whom we decided to start to work for many years.