Yes, I have a third coffee to add today! Unbelievable I know… Anyway, this coffee is Fair Trade offering, from Rwanda COOPAC. This Fair Trade coffee has a juicy mouthfeel with a bright acidity. Grapefruit and lime flavors are present with a very citrusy aroma. Below is additional information provided by my broker:
Within Eastern Africa lies “the country of a thousand hills,” Rwanda, which received this name because most of the land is mountainous. Situated between 4,265 and 7,874 feet above sea level, there is limited area suitable for general agriculture. Coffee production began in 1904 and has developed as the main source of income for farmers. Today, approximately 400,000 coffee producers operate small farms with 300 to 500 trees per family. The COOPAC cooperative began in 2001 and is located on the mountain slopes in western Rwanda, above Lake Kivu. The cooperative started out with 110 members and has grown to 2,200 members from six areas within the country. The cooperative has three environmentally friendly washing stations that filter off waste by-products from coffee processing for use as fertilizer instead of emptying this waste into three nearby rivers and lakes. COOPAC also distributes shade trees to farmers in the districts of Nyamyumba and Kayove. These trees help prevent soil erosion and enhance organic coffee production as well as the forest ecosystem in these regions.
You can purchase some of this light roasted Fair Trade Rwanda coffee from the online web store by following the link: Fair Trade Rwanda COOPAC
I have just added another new coffee to the web store. This one is a Fair Trade certified coffee from Guatemala, from the Huehuetenango region. This Fair Trade Guatemala Huehuetenango coffee has a nice balanced acidity and mouthfeel. The coffee has some mellow milk chocolate notes and a bit of orange flavors as well. The broker provided the following information:
- “ASOBAGRI” or The Asociacion Barillense de Agricultores was founded in 1989 by 20 Mayan coffee and cardamom farmers. It currently has more than 1,200 cooperative members. The members of ASOBAGRI are from approximately 30 small villages in the Huehuetenango region, surrounded by the Cuchumantanes Mountains and the Maxbal Forest Reserve. This coffee is shade grown under guava, plantain and banana trees. ASOBAGRI promotes sustainable agriculture by training its farmers in organic production methods and they continue to reinvest in their infrastructure while exploring new quality control measures through financing and operating their own warehouses and drying patios.
You can purchase some of this fresh roasted coffee here at our shop or by clicking the following link: Fair Trade Guatemala Huehuetenango SHB
Hey, I finally got around to adding some new coffees to the online web store. I know I have been lazy about getting new coffees added but I will do a better job of it in the future. I have added a nice single origen coffee from Ethiopia. It is from the Limu region and run by the Edeto family. Below is some information provided by my coffee broker:
- The Ethiopian Nigusse Lemma Limu comes from a family-owned farm in Meto Gundb, in the Limu region of south-western Ethiopia. The farm owner, Lemma Edeto, began working with coffee nearly 60 years ago and has passed down his knowledge to his two sons Haile and Nigusse. Both sons maintain the farm, which their father recovered after it was confiscated in the 1970’s by the Derg Regime. The farm sits at about 2,000 meters above sea level with natural spring streams and native indigenous varietals. The Lemma family also processes their coffee, giving them full control of the end product up to the final export stage. In February 2014 Nigusse and his family were recognized for winning the African Taste of Harvest competition, awarded by the African Fine Coffee Assocation.
I am really enjoying this coffee. I has a nice creamy mouthfeel with some strawberry and light pineapple flavors. The coffee is roasted to a light/medium degree and has a nice bright acidity to it. You can buy some here at my shop or online at the web store by following the link: Ethiopia Natural Nigusse Lemma Limu