- Almond, Cranberry & Pear
- Light Espresso
- Colombia & Guatemala
Our latest seasonal coffee is a Blend, made up of two coffees. It is 70% Colombian from the ANEI Cooperative, and 30% Guatemalan from the Guaya'b Cooperative. This blend is a beautiful example of the Latin American chocolate sweetness and malic acidity, and with the coffees being of a fresh harvest, they're showing plenty of flavour, complexity and structure in the cup. The acidity in the cup has some super pleasant juicy pear and apple flavours, with cranberry, mild orange pith and lime, with loads of sweetness to back it up. This is a very round and balanced blend, with a malty almond middle.
Processing green coffee beans requires fermentation to produce desirable flavours and allow it to be stored without spoiling. There are two main ways to ferment coffee, either with water which we called washed (or wet) processing or without water called natural (dry) processing. Once ripe cherries are picked, pulping them in a wet mill removes the skin, and fermentation processes the remaining mucilage on the bean.
Traditionally, washed coffee is picked and within 8 hours the cherries are floated in water (and unwanted components are scooped from the top), and then pulped. Then the beans will be washed in water for around 12 - 36 hours and dried in the sun on patios for around a week.
Natural processing involves none of these steps, traditionally the full cherry is dried in the sun for around a week, then the dried skin is removed.
- Colombia, Central America
ANEI are an organisation made up of 700 producers from families belonging to 4 native communities (Arhuacos, Koguis, Kankuamos and Wiwas) and farmers from the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and Serranía del Perijá in northern Colombia. Its primary mission is to promote and support the cultural preservation of its indigenous peoples (Arhuaco, Wiwa and Kogui) for the recovery of the economic, social and cultural rights of its members.
Through social premiums, ANEI have developed a program to support coffee growers and their children in education, supporting more than 70 young people in their university tuition and delivering solar panels to rural schools.
“To sow peace and weave the future in community and harmony with nature”
- Location: Guatemala, Central America
GUAYA’B Asociacion Civil was formed in 1999, with the aim of providing better livelihoods for its members through higher prices and other development assistance.
The association represents 477 coffee and honey producers in the Sierra de los Cuchumatanes region near Huehuetenango, in north-western Guatemala. 299 of these producers are listed as coffee growers and 178 as honey producers, although in practice some members have both honey and coffee. Most of the members are Popti' Maya, and the group's name means "mutual benefit" in their language.
Among the services Guaya'b offers to its members are a low interest loan service (farmers typically are left without sufficient cash in the months prior to harvest to pay for essentials, and may not be able to find casual work in this period either), and services for local women such as nutritional advice and work and business training (making honey-processing equipment and running a honey store in Jacaltenango).
Technical assistance aimed at improving the quality of honey and coffee production is central to Guaya'b's work. The co-operative provides an at-cost supply of certified coffee seedlings to its members.
A revolving credit fund supports members' efforts to renovate their coffee farms.
Construction of its own wet processing mill on the outskirts of Jacaltenango has created an opportunity for many coffee-producing members of Guaya'b to process their coffee from cherry stage to dried coffee parchment much more cheaply (at about 25% of the previous cost), and more quickly, than they previously could. It is also expected that by using the wet mill farmers can produce a more consistent, higher quality coffee than they can in their own backyards.