GUATEMALA 125g retail £4.50
Cup of Excellence, Finca Carmona, Antigua
Surrounded by mountains and volcanoes, the Carmona farm, on the road to San Juan del Obispo, Sacatapequez, Antigua, is owned by Lucia Zelaya de Asensio. The original farm, Santa Clara, was founded by Sra, Zelaya's great grandfather, in 1908, and passed down through the generations until three years ago when it was divided and Lucia took on La Soledad.
Standing at 1860 metres above sea level, the rich soil, the microclimate and the careful tending of shade trees lend character. Processing is in wet mills and the coffee is sun-dried.
We strongly recommend this excellent coffee, bright and floral with raspberry notes.
HONDURAS 125g retail £2.80
Finca Los Vaqueritos
After the Zavala Armijo family, who had farmed in the village of Locomapa in the north western highlands for over fifty years, suffered in 1998 the devastation of Hurricane Mitch, they turned, in 2001 to coffee farming. In 2005 Enrique Zavala was joined by his son Edwin, keen to focus on improving quality. In 2006 their
first wet mill was installed. Today, 24.67 hectares of Finca Los Vaqueritos are planted with Catui and Bourbon varietals, much of them growing in the shade of natural forest providing habitat for native animal, insect and bird species. The family’s enthusiastic and continuing process of investment and improvement is evidenced by this coffee.
Sweet and juicy with some floral notes, tangerine, raspberry acidity.
INDIA 125g retail £2.40 New!
Plantation Peaberry Bold
1000 metres above sea level in the highlands of southern India, Faiz Moosakutty's Bibi Plantation has been in the family since 1960. Faiz took over in 1990 and is replanting the whole estate, aiming to create a model coffee farm. The estate already produces some of the region's finest beans. The coffee is grown in the shade of indigenous silver oaks, jungle figs and rosewood trees, which provide habitat for a vast array of bird and insect life, and the occasional elephant.
Juicy, full-bodied, with cherry tobacco notes. Makes a good single espresso.
INDIA 125g retail £2.40
‘Monsooned’ coffee has been warehoused in an open-sided structure, protected from the rain whilst being exposed to moist tropical air.
This process was developed to mimic the effects of long sea voyages and results in a mellower, richer taste. Heavily bodied, rich and syrupy with hints of caramel and a nutty aroma. Perfect for after dinner or as an intense espresso.
INDONESIA 125g retail £2.80
Sumatra Wahana Estate natural
The Wahana estate was started in 2005 in Sumatra's Northern Sidikalang district. The estate grows a large number of distinct varietals including some local hybrids such as Rasuna. The estate is carefully managed and also boasts an impressive nursery which supplies seedlings for the estate and free seeds for the local coffee-growing community.
The estate produces coffees using washed, semi-washed and natural processing methods, Our coffee is produced using natural processes. This means the coffee beans are left inside the cherry until they dry, taking on more sugars and fruit flavours. This makes the beans more unpredictable than washed coffees but if processed carefully, wonderfully exotic, interesting flavours can be produced.
This coffee is rich and wild with notes of ripe blackberry, rum and banana.
RWANDA 125g retail £2.80
The Dukundekawa Musasa Cooperative lies high in Rwanda’s rugged north west at around 1800m. Rwanda’s coffee industry has become very successful 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 these
members own less than a hectare of land but by combining their harvests and processing
the cherries centrally, the farmers can sell for a higher price than before when they had to
sell to a middleman.
The processing at Musasa is impeccable with rigorous quality control and lot traceability.
The result is a truly outstanding coffee. The flavour in the cup is clean, juicy and crisp with
notes of Clementine, bergamot and orange blossom.