March Box


Sustainability With Specialty Coffees

While we love our specially processed coffees, as they show innovation can happen at all levels of the coffee value chain (and create some pretty unique profiles), it's not the whole story when it comes to sustainability options for producers.

In our March box, we're highlighting two coffees as examples where a focus on specialty and microlot coffees can have positive outcomes for producers, and hopefully showcase the benefit of moving away and de-linking coffee from commodity prices.



Santa Fe

Washed Caturra

A washed processed Caturra from producer Nubia Loaiza at Finca Santa Fe in Colombia.
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Farm owner Nubia Loaiza has been a coffee producer for several decades, but only recently in specialty coffee. At one point she managed 30,000 trees, which unfortunately fell due to economic circumstances when commodity coffee prices declined. She now manages 10,000 trees, dedicated to specialty coffee, and with the microlot premiums she's obtained, she's able to reinvest to replant and double the amount of trees. Introduced and sourced by Cofinet.

Origin:

Quindio, Colombia

Roast Profile:

Light Roast

Tasting Notes:

Red Grapefruit, Sugarcane, Vanilla

Brew:

Filter
We recommend Recipe A in our brew guide

Los Cotorras

Washed Bourbon, Typica, Caturra, Mundo Novo

Washed processed varieties from small scale producers in Chiapas state in Mexico.
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Named after a beautiful species of birds that have made their home on the coffee farms in the region, Las Cotorras is a coffee that is grown in the highlands of Chiapas State in the Triunfo Biosphere Reserve. Coffees from here characteristically exhibit sweetness of chocolate, red fruits, spices, and berries. You'll also notice it's creamy and full bodied. Introduced and sourced by Caravela Coffee.

Origin:

Chiapas, Mexico

Roast Profile:

Light Roast

Tasting Notes:

Red Grape, Brown Sugar, Pecan, Nutmeg

Brew:

Filter
We recommend Recipe A in our brew guide