We’re happy to share such a terrific lineup of coffees with you. Fresh crop Colombians are just starting to roll in, and this Galeras was one of our most popular coffees last season. We have two beautiful Ethiopian coffees, Reko and Yukro, boasting sweet lime and lemon notes, respectively. Nelson Moreno and Karinga are two all-around fantastic coffees, with Nelson Moreno being fuller, sweeter and with big chocolate presence, and Karinga with juicy, tropical notes.
We hope you enjoy these coffees as much as we do!
This coffee takes its name from Volcán Galeras, an active volcano near the coffee farms in southwest Colombia that comprise Galeras. This is the third season that our roaster, Madcap Coffee, has worked with the small landowners who farm coffee in this community (many farming less that 3 acre lots) and perhaps the finest vintage yet.
Santa Barbara, Honduras, has emerged as a star in specialty coffee in recent years, drawing comparisons in quality and flavor profile to Kenyan coffee. The entire Moreno family grows coffee in this region, and each season cousins, aunts and uncles all band together to help tend to each other’s plots. The coffee is then dried and processed together at their grandpa Pedro’s home.
The Reko mill sits a lofty 2,200 meters above sea level, and processes coffee from small landowners nearby in Kochere. While the process here is similar to other washed Ethiopian coffees, the level of quality and attention to every detail make Reko a standout. The long fermentation, sorting, washing and drying result in a wonderfully bright and clean cup.
While residing in an area of western Ethiopia generally associated with low-quality coffees, the Yukro mill began as a partnership with an NGO named Technoserve. Through this relationship, Technoserve provides the tools needed for the cooperative to improve quality, market their coffee and, ultimately, earn more money for their product. Now in its 7th year, Yukro is producing some of the best coffee in the world.
The Karinga Factory processes the coffee of nearly 1,000 small lot coffee farmers, and consistently produces some of the most delicious coffees in the world. Part of this success can be attributed to the level of support the factory provides to its member farms, including a full time agronomist who makes regular visits to farms to ensure proper quality standards are met.