The Armonia 2012 is here!

It’s that time of year again! We have just received our shipment of the 2012 crop from Guatemala and it is awesome.

Meaning “The Beautiful Harmony”, our project, La Armonia Hermosa, gives farmers in Santa Maria de Jesus, Guatemala new opportunities of a renewed sense of community pride, and a chance for economic sustainability. Farmers receive higher prices through increased quality, marketability and relationship to their buyers by consumers enjoying the fruit of their labors. We have been working with this particular community since 2005 and have come alongside the coffee farmers to produce a quality cup of coffee.

Every year, the farmers have harvested a wonderful crop and we have never been disappointed with the results. As of this week, we are now offering the new crop of 2012 for sale! We have done a few cupping’s with it and found that the coffee has aromatic and acidity characteristics of peach, raspberry, a buttery body, along with some nutty undertones. Overall, we would describe this as a clean cup and a wonderful addition to our wholesale and retail offerings.

Make sure to come on by the roaster this Tuesday (May 29th) at 2:00 pm for a community cupping and a chance to try the newest crop of La Armonia Hermosa!

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New Coffee Offering

We are excited to offer two new coffees to our list. We have an Ethiopian Amaro Gayo and a Mexican Fiech. These are great additions to what we offer and we are looking forward to hearing your feedback! Also, we are almost out of the Rwandan Kigeyo, and Colombian El Bordo is completely gone for the year.  Here are some quick summaries of our new offerings:

        Ethiopia Amaro Gayo Washed

As part of our new coffee offerings, this particular coffee comes from Ethiopia’s only female exporter. Her name is Asnaketch Thomas and she is native to the Amaro region, situated within the larger Sidamo region of Ethiopia. She is concerned with helping her surrounding communities with job creation, schooling, and medical assistance.  You can read more about Asnaketch’s work with the community at http://www.amarogayocoffee.com.

As being native to the region, she is well aware of the richness that the country has to offer, like the highland bamboo forests and waterfalls, which add to the uniqueness of this coffee. Amaro Gayo is 100% certified organic as well.

The Amaro Gayo is an Arabica coffee of indigenous varieties that is grown at an elevation of 5200 feet. The washed processing method gives the coffee a cleaner cup with more citrus character than the “natural” version of the same coffee.  We’ll be featuring this “natural” process version later this summer.

Cup characteristics:  Floral, citrus, clean soft acidity, orange marmalade, silky body.

Mexico Fiech

The Mexican Fiech is a coffee from 13 small cooperatives found in the Chiapas region. The farmers all belong to the Indigenous Ecological Federation of Chiapas (FIECH), which has won an award called the National Ecological Prize for environmental stewardship by the government in 1996.

Tzotzil, Tzeltal, Mame, Chuj and Zoque farmers formed the organization in 1996 to improve the quality of life and obtain affordable credit, while considering the concerns of the environment. Along with the original regions, the co op now has farmers from the Frailesca, Costa, Sierra Madre, Fronteriza and Norte regions.

By becoming a certified organic organization, these farmers have tripled their average income, while also implementing programs to build school dormitories, create women’s programs and started a community-lending bank. Since the development of the organization, the farmers have used their resources and extra income to improve their homes, further education, and provide medical care for their families.

The coffee is grown and tended to at 4500 feet.  The varieties of Arabica grown include Arabe, Bourbon, and Mundonovo, which are harvested from December to April.

Cup characteristics: Green apple, crisp acidity, nutty, syrupy body

Greetings!

Welcome to our blog site! As a part of our website launch, we have featured this blog to let you in on what’s happening with us on a weekly basis. We would like this to be an interactive part of the website for you to check regularly.  Learn about our new coffees, get thoughts from the roaster, hear about our project in Guatemala, and watch our how-to video brew guides.

We hope this is a place for you to learn about us individually and as a team. We are so excited to have this website launched and look forward to updating you on what we learn along the way. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to let us know!