|Notes||Walnut, Maple Syrup, Banana|
|Origin||Sitio Sao Francisco, Divinolandia, Media Mogiana, São Paulo, Brazil|
Jose Avila lives and works on the 30 hectare Sitio Sao Francisco with his wife, son and father. The farm, located in the Alta Mogiana region in the east of Sao Paulo state, is small in comparison to the enormous estates that tend to be found in the main coffee growing regions of Brazil. The size of the farm allows Jose and his family to tend to their crop with particular care. The lot sizes and the amount of coffee picked each day is determined by the amount of space available on the drying patio next to the family house. The coffee is fully sun-dried, aided by the cool wind found at this altitude.
This year Jose has separated this 100% Yellow Catuaí lot, and it represents the very best coffee produced on the farm this year. With notes of walnut, maple syrup and banana, it is like French toast in a cup!
|Notes||Hibiscus, Orange, Caramel|
|Farmer||Jesus Albeiro Piamba Zetty|
|Origin||Finca Juan Tama, Caldona, Cauca, Colombia|
Project 121 was set up by UK based coffee importers D R Wakefield in 2013 with the aim of promoting sustainable and traceable coffees. The project teams roasters with smallholder farmers with the aim of promoting a long-term relationship. In addition to ensuring a fair price for the coffee taking into account fluctuating market conditions and costs of production, the farmers benefit from the security of knowing that they will have a buyer for their crop each year. The roasters on the other hand receive an exclusive, high-quality and fully-traceable coffee.
This is the first time we have participated in Project 121. We cupped a number of coffees grown by members of the CENCOIC cooperative in the Cauca region of Colombia. After years of armed conflict in the Cauca region, the current progress towards peace and stability has allowed groups such as CENCOIC to flourish, helping member farmers to improve the quality of their coffee and access the better prices paid by the speciality coffee market. Of the coffees that we cupped, it was the coffee grown by Jesus Albeiro Piamba Zetty that stood out with notes of hibiscus and orange.
Jesus Albeiro lives on his 0.5 hectare farm with his wife and their two children. They are part of the Nasa ethnic group who work to preserve their own culture and Páez (or Nasa Yuwe) language, part of a more widespread movement across Colombia to preserve indigenous cultural heritage. The coffee is hand-picked by Jesus and his family. On the farm it is then pulped and fermented for 15 hours in cement tanks, then washed in clean water and dried to 11.5% moisture in a parabolic drier. It is then transported to the dry mill in Popoyan where it is graded, hulled and bagged for export.
|Notes||Plum, Nectarine, Raspberry|
|Farmer||Yamith Cifuentes Castillo|
|Origin||Finca Las Mercedes, Alto Tablón, Suaza, Huila|
Finca Las Mercedes is a 6 hectare plot farmed by Yamith Cifuentes Castillo. Yamith lives on the farm with his wife Jessika Julieth and their son Alan Josias. In the words of Yamith himself:
"I come from a family that loves this trade and we owe everything we have to the income generated by this valuable crop. We strive to do an excellent job in all areas such as pre-harvest, harvest and post-harvest in order to gain a reputation as an excellent coffee producer. I had the opportunity to have a higher-education, and graduated as an Agricultural Engineer. I am currently part of the Extension Service of the National Federation of Coffee Growers where I have been working for 10 years with a lot of love and dedication, providing technical assistance to my fellow coffee producers".
During harvest only the ripe cherries are hand-picked. They are then pulped and left in fermentation tanks to loosen the mucilage surrounding the bean. Yamith uses a Fermaestro to determine the correct moment to remove the beans from the fermentation tank. The beans are then washed to remove the loosened mucilage using water from a stream on the farm. The washed coffee is dried on raised beds and then in parabolic dryers before being packed in to GrainPro bags for onward transport.
Yamith's coffee stood out at a cupping of coffees from the Huila region hosted by new importers High Altitude. It is very clean, but incredibly juicy in the cup with notes of plum, nectarine and raspberry.
|Notes||Dark-Chocolate, Plum, Nougat|
Smallholder Farmers of San Antonio Huista
Julio Ricardo Cano, Roberto Cano, Juan Gaspar Velasquez
Obeidy Aguilar, Jesus Martin Gaspar, Edgar Ambrocio
Antonio Escobar, Nelson Sanchez, Edy Martin, Jesus Velasquez
|Varietal||Caturra, Catuai, Bourbon|
From the mountains of Guatemala to the mountains of the Lake District, Mountain Rescue is the perfect everyday coffee, and is the proud recipient of 2 stars at the 2019 Great Taste Awards. In the cup it is extremely satisfying and comforting with notes of dark-chocolate, plum and nougat.
The Lake District Search & Mountain Rescue Association (LDSAMRA) provides a vital service here in the Lake District, helping injured and stricken hikers to safety from some of the most remote and precarious places in the country. The vast majority of incidents are safely resolved but there are inevitably a number of fatalities, and without the help of LDSAMRA this number would be much higher.
In order to carry out their work LDSAMRA rely on a team of brave and highly trained volunteers. We are friends with a number of them so are well aware of the great work that they do and the importance of donations to provide them with the kit necessary to do their job effectively.
With this in mind, we donate £1 per kilo of Mountain Rescue sold to LDSAMRA.
Our current Mountain Rescue coffee is grown by ten smallholder farmers based around the town of San Antonio Huista in Guatemala's famed Huehuetenango region, and has been sourced via our importing partner Primavera.
Primavera was set up by Nadine Rasch who grew up in Guatemala and whose family have had a coffee farm there for four generations. After studying finance in London, Nadine ended up working for a commodities fund where she saw the price for commodity coffee drop sharply. She came to realise that the only way to maintain stable prices for coffee was through quality. After working for one year with speciality coffee importers Mercanta, she moved back to Guatemala to gain experience of how things worked on the ground.
Most of Guatemala's highest quality coffees come from the Huehuetenango region. This is a very remote area of Guatemala, and the farmers' traditional route to market has been through local coyotes who mix all the coffee they collect together a pay the 'market' price. This model leaves no incentive for famers to practice methods that result in higher quality coffee, such as selective picking and better post-harvest processing. It is Nadine and Primavera's mission to change this. They want to educate farmers to produce better coffee that gives them access to the speciality coffee market, higher prices for their product and a more stable future.
This group of smallholder farmers are just some of the beneficiaries of Primavera's work. They are able to use the premium paid by Primavera to reinvest in their farms and wet mills in the hope of achieving higher yields and better quality coffee in the years to come. The coffee is washed in wet mills on each of the farms then sun-dried on patios. The dried parchment coffee is then transported to Nadine's family farm at Finca el Hato where it is sorted, dry-milled and packed for onward transport to ourselves.
Penny Rock is our signature Great Taste Award winning seasonal espresso. Named in homage to a beauty spot on the shores of Grasmere, our spiritual home, we select Penny Rock from seasonal crop to deliver a balanced and full-bodied espresso that can be enjoyed both with and without milk. The coffee is well-developed during the roast to accentuate body and sweetness, but is tempered to allow the coffee's character room to shine through and express itself in the cup.
Our latest iteration of Penny Rock comes from Brazil's famed Fazenda Daterra. In 2015 Daterra won the award for Prêmio Fazenda Sustentável ('Most Sustainable Farm') from Globo Rural, Brazil’s foremost agricultural publication. We visited Daterra in 2019 to learn more about the farm and its processes. It was a truly inspirational experience, and one that makes us incredibly proud to offer their coffee. With notes of chocolate brownie, sesame and dried apricot, it is pure satisfaction in a cup.
|Notes||Chocolate Brownie, Sesame, Dried Apricot|
|Origin||Fazenda Daterra, Cerrado Mineiro, Minas Gerais, Brazil|
|Process||Natural, Pulped Natural, Pulped Raisin|
|Notes||White Chocolate, Sugar Cane, Peach|
|Origin||Finca La Bolsa, Huehuetenango, Guatemala|
Finca La Bolsa is located in La Libertad in the renowned Huehuetenango region of Guatemala. The land was bought by Jorge Vides, a distinguished medical professional, in 1958 as a hobby project whilst he continued to work full time as a doctor. The land was covered in forest, and Jorge proceeded to cultivate bourbon and caturra coffee varieties. In 1980, he founded a school that still runs on the farm, which has since been named after him and authorised by Ministry of Education. Four years later, Anacafé accredited Jorge as a 'Distinguished Coffee Grower' and his endeavour has seen the farm win a number of subsequent awards for coffee production and for services to the region of Huehuetenango. Jorge even had the National Hospital of Huehuetenango named after him!
The farm sits between two mountains, which provide a very stable, humid microclimate. Once picked, the ripe coffee cherries are fermented for between 18 and 24 hours. They are then cleaned of mucilage, graded in channels and soaked overnight before being sun-dried on patios. The coffee has a syrupy body in the cup with notes of white-chocolate, sugar-cane and peach.
The farm is Rainforest Alliance certified and all of the temporary and permanent staff have access to schooling for their children. The workers are incentivised to leave their children at school or nursery through food donations. When a child attends the school or nursery for 5 consecutive days they receive a weekly supply of rice, beans and corn. Prior to the introduction of this scheme it was very difficult to get people to leave their children in the care of others, and schooling wasn’t necessarily valued as there is a greater pressure to earn more money to feed the family. As a result there are no children working on the farm, and the school and nursery classes are full. Accommodation is provided for permanent and temporary workers, with separate facilities for men, women and families, bathrooms and kitchens. Sections of the farm are reserved to promote biodiversity, and to reduce exposure to wind and soil erosion. Inga trees are used as shade trees and to fix nitrogen in the soil which is essential for plant and cherry growth.
SPARKLING WATER DECAFFEINATION PROCESS
The sparkling water decaffeination procedure is a gentle, natural and organically certified process which involves the following steps:
The green beans enter a ‘pre-treatment’ vessel where they are cleaned and moistened with water before being brought into contact with pressurised liquid carbon dioxide. When the green coffee beans absorb the water, they expand and the pores are opened resulting in the caffeine molecules becoming mobile.
The beans are then brought into contact with the pressurised liquid carbon dioxide which combines with the water to essentially form sparkling water. The carbon dioxide circulates through the beans and acts like a magnet, drawing out the mobile caffeine molecules.
The sparkling water then enters an evaporator which precipitates the caffeine rich carbon dioxide out of the water. The now caffeine free water is pumped back into the vessel for a new cycle.
This cycle is repeated until the required residual caffeine level is reached. Once this has happened, the circulation of carbon dioxide is stopped and the green beans are discharged into a drier.
The good caffeine selectivity of the carbon dioxide guarantees high retention of other coffee components which contribute to taste and aroma.