This is the second coffee we found on our first ever trip to Colombia and it’s a fantastic one. El Balcon sits high up on the mountains in the Huila region (the farm gets it’s name from the fantastic view) and is owned and run by Marco Fidel Rodriguez and his sons. The farm is all of five hectares but produces some amazing coffee.
What really stood out about Marco was not only how much care goes into the coffee he produces, but also the amount of investments he’s making in the farm and processing to see the quality improve. He’s been separating out the lots and he’s building a new wet mill and a new drying house with more shade to make sure those lots shine on the cupping table. We’re honestly super excited to see where this goes and are looking forward to getting back to Colombia this summer to see how things have progressed.
Peaches, Caramel, Reisling. Nice floral tones.
We found this coffee late last year on our first ever trip to Colombia. This fantastic coffee comes from Planadas, in Tolima, where the producers have been making changes to improve the quality and consistency of their coffees through better tree care, picking better cherries and investing profits into the farm infrastructure.
The coffee is mostly of the Caturra variety, grown between 1,600 and 2,000 MASL, and semi-shaded by beautiful plantain trees. The it’s washed and dried on raised beds. It’s also certified organic and will soon be certified by the Rain Forest Alliance.
Tangerine, Raisins and Sweet Dessert Wine
We are so proud to introduce our first-ever, 100% direct-trade espresso blend.
This espresso features two coffees:
A yellow bourbon from Guatemala, from Finca Pancum, a farm owned by the Echevaerria family, who has been cultivating coffee since 1878! The majority of the farm is preserved forest overseeing the Atitlan Volcano.
The second coffee in the blend is from El Salvador – Finca Argentina. We’ve carried a few coffees from this wonderful farm in El Salvador and can’t say enough amazing things about Alejandro Martinez, the owner. He’s currently making his own compost and the place looks like a science experiment.
We get tangerines, grapes and spiced chocolate in this espresso.
A fantastic Kenya of the SL 28 and 34 varieties, this Kenya coffee is washed and dried on patios at 1900 MASL. Grown in red volcanic soil and surrounded by Grevillia and other indigenous trees, various smallholder farmers bring their coffees to the Kii washing station, located near the Mt. Kenya Forest.
Blackberries and Mexican hot chocolate
A delicious, natural coffee from Ethiopia, grown at 1800 meters in Harrar. This particular coffee went through additional sorting work, upgrading the quality of the Harrar to grade 1, leading to a cleaner cup. This is the first coffee from Harrar we’ve ever carried, so hat tip to the extra sorting!
Grape jelly, peanut butter, blueberries.
A delicious organic herbal tea that smells like cookies and won’t keep you up at night.
Also known as Pai Mu Tan or White Peony, this tea hails from China’s southeastern Fujian province. This superb organic tea is made from the uppermost two leaves and a bud, plucked in early spring and withered and dried in the sun before the buds are able to open. The leaves of this organic tea from China are green with plenty of buds that show a very light green almost grey white color, covered with a delicate velvety down. The pale yellow infusion has a delicate lingering fragrance, and a mellow sweetly vegetal taste.
Se Chung Tea is a blend of several loose-leaf, oolong tea leaves produced from plucks of several different plants. The leaves are naturally withered under the strong sun, oxidized until brown with green highlights, and then wrap rolled into small beads. The Se Chung Oolong tea has a roasted aroma and a thick, woody flavor. It is a great tea for those who enjoy a complex taste and have an adventurous palate. Se Chung translates in Chinese to “colorful variety”. That’s a spot on description of our oolong hailing from the Fujian Province. Shades of green, brown, black can be found in a single teaspoon of the tea! Naturally presenting a hint of sweet, this tea is lovely hot or iced. Due to the leaves being rolled, this tea is ideal for 4+ infusions.
A Chinese green tea. The tea leaves are withered, steamed, rolled and then dried. The flavors are thick and strong like honey, but with a smokey flavor.
A delicate green tea that has only been lightly steamed. Very lingering. Comes from farmlands around Sugimoto Secha, which has been recognized by the UN as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System. Sugimoto’s leading farmer has recieved the presitigious Prime Minister Award for the superior quality of his teas.
After a month of tinkering and tweaking, the labs at Demitasse finally rolled out it’s own chai tea, all made in-house from a unique blend of spices mixed in with a Darjeeling tea. Unsweetened and extremely spicy, a whiff of this after it’s been blended will clear your sinuses.
Great with or without milk, but especially great with our house-made date syrup.