Flavor is our highest priority 
when selecting a bean

For any origin, we might try two dozen different samples; cupping coffees from different farms, different processing methods, sizes or grades. So many factors affect the coffee’s flavor development (climate, soil, rainfall, harvest technique); variation can occur within different locations on a given for. Many of the benefits for developing long-term relationships with coffee producers are obvious. Steve can work with a grower over time to cultivate a bean tailored to the Coffee Company’s specific flavor profile. He’s able to have a first-hand understanding of the grower’s practices and their commitment to standards of quality. It enables us to trace the provenance of a particular coffee bean directly back to a specific plantation, along with all of the attendant “biography” information about how the crop was cultivated, harvested, and processed. Steve’s hope is that all of this care and attention to detail comes through in the flavor of our coffee. Because there’s no fooling a discriminating fan.

Daterra Estate

Patrocinio, Cerrado Region, Brazil

The Cerrado region of Brazil is an enormous, sprawling savanna – the most biologically diverse on the planet. It is deep within this vast biome and upon a high plateau that the beautiful Daterra Farm is located. The word Daterra means “of the earth,” and the aptly-named farm is the source of some of the world’s best Arabica coffee. Daterra Estate was founded in 1976 by the Pasqual family, and is still owned by them today. Today, Brazil is the largest exporter of coffee in the world, and Daterra is the 3rd largest farm in the entire country.

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Hacienda Miramonte

Naranjo-Alajuela Costa Rica

Costa Rica has long been known as a country that produces good coffee. Naranjo, the region that Hacienda Miramonte sits in, has produced excellent coffees for the last several years. However, Hacienda Miramonte came to be long before the notion of “specialty coffee” was dreamt of. The farm was founded by a woman who broke […]

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Apo & Angra Cooperatives

Eastern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea

Unlike other coffee growing regions of the world, villages in PNG are organized along house-lines. Cooperation within cooperatives is made more challenging by a complex web of family and tribal relationships, which leads to small circles of trust. While most everyone speaks the national language of Tok Pisam, this pidgin has been described as incapable of narrating a boxing match. The language is lacking in nuance, leading to the heavy use of metaphor and a real chance of miscommunication. We trust our friends at Crop to Cup coffee importers to navigate these complex cultural circumstances and continue developing relationships with the folks of Papua New Guinea.

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