We can’t begin to tell you how excited we are to share with you this wonderful coffee. It’s rare to get anything out of Bolivia and we were fortunate enough to land two coffees from that country this year. (We want to thank Steve over at HasBean for the huge favor).
This coffee, a “washed” peaberry (washed in quotes because it’s been dry fermented, then put through the power washer again and then left to dry like a natural, but with a whole lot less mucilage) comes to us from Feliciano Ramos. His 10 hectare farms sits atop a mountain in Caranavi, near the Andes.
In this area, many farmers have ripped out coffee plants and put in coca plants instead. This has created all sorts of problems for the region, but at a high enough price, producers are able to grow coffee as a viable alternative, which is why specialty coffee may a role to play in this region.
Dark-chocolate covered cherries, brown sugar.
We’re excited and proud to bring you a coffee out of a country from which you don’t see a lot of coffee. The coffee comes from two washing stations in Hutwe and Bukununu – villages in Congo’s Kivu region. The washing stations are owned and operated by small groups of around 50 farmers each. The farmers each pay around $50 to get training and equipment by a Belgium NGO.
These Bourbon coffees are hand picked before pulping. Fully washed and dried on raised beds where a second picking occurs.
Sweet plantains, green grapes and pink grapefruit
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 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.