BOLIVIA 125g retail £2.90
Produced by smallholder farmers around the district
or ‘cantón’ of Illimani, in Bolivia’s Caranavi province,
Illimani was founded in 1968, when a few families in
search of land settled in this fertile area. Farms are
small and traditional, of usually no more than 5
hectares and farmed without the use of chemicals or
This lot is made up of a mix of Caturra (50%), Catuai
(30%) and Typica (20%) varietals, grown in the shade
of native trees at an average altitude of 1,500 metres
above sea level. The hand-picked cherries are
processed by the fully washed process.
GUATEMALA 125g retail £2.80
Sweet aroma, flavours of milk chocolate, dried fruit
and roasted hazelnut, delicate citrus acidity.
ETHIOPIA 125g retail £2.80
Recent developments in Ethiopia have seen a centralisation of all coffee exports through the recently established Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX). This has made it virtually impossible to provide precise traceability of the Yirgacheffe coffees which arrive at the Exchange. This coffee has been selected on the basis of its exceptional cup profile.
Yirga Cheffe is part of the Sidamo region in southern Ethiopia, a steep green area which is both fertile and high (the coffee is grown at 2000m and above. The vast majority of Ethiopians still make a living from farming; each family lives in a modest home (often a single round mud hut) and farms their own plot of land where they grow both cash crops and their own food.
This coffee has an intense floral aroma, a bright citrus acidity in the cup with notes of jasmine, peach and bergamot.
Finca El Carmen, El Sereno
Finca El Carmen has a history in coffee production dating back to 1930, when it was part of Finca La Colina, one of Acatenango's first coffee farms. Finca La Colina was owned by Mateo Mejia Mazariegos who pioneered both wet and dry mills and went on to win many awards for excellence.
When the Finca La Colina was split into five working sections, one section was named El Carmen. The present owner is Juan Jose Mejia, who now harvests some of the best coffee in the region.
El Sereno is produced from Arabica Typica. It is a delicate and complex coffee with bright citrus acidity and notes of apricot, jasmine and honey.
INDIA 125g retail £2.40
In the 18th and 19th centuries, Indian coffee was exported in the hold of sailing ships.during a lengthy voyage to Europe. In the moist darkness, these coffees sweated and transformed in flavour. The effect was to reduce acidity and resulted in a mellower and richer taste which had many admirers. In a process developed uniquely in India, today's 'Monsooned' coffee is warehoused in an open-sided structure, protected from the rain while being exposed to moist tropical monsoon wind.
Heavy-bodied, rich and syrupy with hints of caramel and a nutty aroma. Perfect for after dinner or as an intense espresso.
KENYA 125g retail £2.90
Muwa Estate AA
The Muwa estate was founded in 1997 and is situated in Nyeri, 150km north of Nairobi in the fertile central highlands. The coffee is grown in the red volcanic loam under the shade of grevillea, macadamia and eucalyptus trees. Up to 20 per cent of the production is speciality grade. Harvesting is done by hand so that only ripe cherries are selected. The estate offers its
workers advances for school fees and emergencies.
This coffee tastes of dry apricot, blackcurrant, jammy notes, medium to high sweetness, balancing acidity with a chocolate aftertaste and dense body.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA 125g retail £2.60
The Rika Rika Cooperative was formed in 2004 by coffee
farmers who share the goal of sustainable development.
The Society had expanded to 129 small farmers by 2014, all
from districts around Havaru Village in the Hengolfi
District. With plentiful rain and rich volcanic soils there is
no need for chemical fertilisers or insecticides.
Given these conditions, and the central role of coffee to
the local economy, the ‘coffee gardens’ are very well-maintained by the families. Only a few of the largest farms
employ seasonal labour.
The farmers use small, hand-
operated pulpers. The coffee is then fermented in special
boxes for up to 48 hours then washed with running water
and dried on canvas. It is transported to the mills where
the parchment is removed and grading takes place.
International cuppers recognise the Society’s coffee as
among the best in the Eastern Highlands. Justifiably high
prices can thus be negotiated. Their next goal is to build
their own coffee processing facility to reap even further
Rika Rika’s aroma has hints of toasted almond, vanilla,
and lime zest. On the palette you will discover orange,
milk chocolate and spice.
RWANDA 125g retail £2.60
Musasa Dukendekawa Cooperative
The Dukundekawa Musasa Cooperative lies at around 1800m in Rwanda’s rugged north-west. Rwanda’s coffee industry has succeeded in the last decade with the help of development;
programs in the wake of the 1994 genocide.
Musasa is one
of the largest cooperatives in Rwanda with over 1800 members,
most of whom own less than a hectare. By combining and;
processing centrally – using the washing station at Mblima -
they avoid middlemen.
In the cup Musasa is clean, juicy and
crisp with notes of Clementine, bergamot and orange blossom.