La Meseta Colombia

La Meseta Colombia

About La Meseta: The coffee tradition of our country and especially the central coffee-growing region has lead this family group to create, for more than 25 years, a beautiful plantation farm of Colombian soft coffee, blended with the richest flavors and aromas that Colombian mountains have to offer. We also have the tenacity and strength of the region’s hardest working people who contribute to reach our shared objective.

Crop: 2018
Variety: Geisha
Elevation: 2000m
Fragrance: Honey, Floral
Tasting notes: Notes of peach, apricot, tangerine, delicate body
Price: $22.50/340g




What’s a Geisha?
It’s not Japanese!  It’s a coffee variety.  In wine, the analogy might be pinot noir variety.
From another-jim over at home barista:

All Gesha/Geishas are a single coffee varietal introduced into Central America in the 1930s from a Kenyan nursery, which had produced it from Ethiopian seed stocks of unknown origin. It was initially widely planted because it was purported to have superior resistance to some of the then common coffee diseases. However, this was not true, so the varietal was never replanted. Nevertheless, some of it survived by growing from the berries of the originally planted trees. How much these trees changed and hybridized in the few generations since the 1930s is unknown.

The Peterson’s discovered a stand of Geishas on their farm in 2005 (I think), and won the Panamanian COE hands down with a lot taken only from those trees. The lot also set a record at auction. The taste of the coffee was that of a southern Ethiopian coffees, but without the interfering tannin flavors usual in many southern Ethiopian coffees and with a very pleasant sweetness instead. So the hunt was on for these trees, and more were discovered in forgotten corners of central American coffee plantations. The resulting plantings are maturing now, so we are getting a lot of new Geisha/Geshas offerings.

“Geisha” is the actual name given to the coffee in the Kenyan nursery that exported them to Central America. People looking for the original varietal in Ethiopia speculated that the Geisha name was a misnomer for the Gesha province in Ethiopia, so they started using what they assumed was the correct version of the name, “Gesha.” However, none of the coffee varietals located till now in the Gesha province are anything like the Geisha; so the Gesha name may be a complete misnomer, and the original nursery may have called it Geisha for some completely different reason.

About the Producer
In our Company, pay equality is preached, this principle ensures worker’s special protection in decent and fair conditions; therefore, we practice equality.

One of our Company’s greatest objective is to propagate the necessary conditions to attract and train workers with qualified job skills that can enable them to contribute and achieve our Company’s main goals. To accomplish this, our work environment is based on the principles of respect, mutual collaboration and permanent communication.

Our facilities are designed to provide the greatest comfort for our workers, with lodgings, showers, restrooms; complete and healthy meals, and above all, each of our employees is fairly treated.

All of the aforementioned creates affinity from the workers towards the Company’s farms which are characterized by a young, productive and technified coffee-culture.

Kilimanjaro Tanzania

Kilimanjaro Tanzania

The peaberry coffee is a perennial favourite around here – with our customers!

Crop: 2018
Variety: Bourbon and Kent
Elevation: 1000 to 2000m
Fragrance: honey, nutmeg, cardamom
Tasting notes: Brown sugar, hazelnut, silky body
Price: $16.95/400g




What is Peaberry?
Known in Spanish as ‘caracolillo’, it is a type of coffee bean that is separated after drying.  Normally the cherry fruit of the coffee plant contains two seeds that develop with flattened facing sides, but sometimes only one of the two seeds is fertilized.  All coffee plants experience this small natural mutation, and the single oval bean develops rather than two beans with flattened facing sides. Peaberry coffees are particularly associated with Tanzanian Coffee.  The peaberry beans are separated from the flat-sided beans using a sieve.

The Coffee
Coffee is shade-grown in areas inter-planted with bananas which are used for local food and beverage consumption. The banana leaves canopy act as a filter for sunlight. All farmers’ coffee is hand picked and wet processed in a traditional way.

About the Producer
Kilimanjaro Native Cooperative Union is nestled at the foot of the great Mount Kilimanjaro Tanzania that produces mild arabica coffee.  We serve close to 70,000 small producer members on the slopes of the mountain in the districts of Rombo, Moshi Rural, Hai and Siha.  We serve because we see small coffee farmers as a unique mechanism to produce high quality mild Arabica coffee that is grown in  the volcanic soil of Mount Kilimanjaro.  The farmers are the owners of the Union; they are expecting to sell their coffee at highest price through the Union that was formed for social and economic emancipation.
We are certified by Naturland since 2004 for our organic coffee.  This guarantees the end customer that our coffee has been produced without the use of agriculture chemicals during production process from our farmers.  This certification confirms the high level of quality worldwide.
Organic and quality improvement programs are provided to farmers.
Using Fair Trade premium money, KNCU has established an Education Fund to help less privileged farmers to send their qualified children to school.  At present KNCU gives scholarships to more than 400 Secondary School Students.  The future plan of the fund is to cover for tuition fees for those students who will make to the University.

Vallesillos Honduras

Vallesillos Honduras

About Vallesillos: This is a special coffee grown in the mountains of quebraditas near the National Park Comayagua, and the city of Talanga, Francisco Morazan at a height between 1400 to 1650 m. The climatic conditions of the place bring a cup of coffee of exquisite fragrances and flavours. A number of cooperatives have come together in the western region of Honduras working in harmony with the environment to process and export coffee.
Crop: 2018
Fragrance: Jasmine, orange blossom, rose petal
Tasting notes: Milk chocolate, turbinado sugar, creamy body
Price: $16.95/400g




Cafe Pionero Ecuador honey

Café Pionero ensures that small-scale farmers receive fair prices for their coffee.  Created by Jenny Zambrano after an earthquake hit her village in 2016, Café Pionero has created direct-trade between remote villages in the Andes Mountains and coffee lovers in Canada.  This has resulted in better pay for the farmers, training and education seminars on sustainable farming practices, and employment opportunities – including some of the only paid jobs for women in Jenny’s village.  Café Pionero aims to create lasting relationships, ensuring fairly traded coffee year after year.Special coffee,

Crop: 2018
Region: Manabi, Ecuador
Process: Honey
Fragrance: Pear
Tasting notes: Juicy pear, Peach, Mango, Caramel
Price: $16.95/400g


Special project – thank you Jenny and Noel for bringing this coffee to life!

Don Eli Costa Rica

best Costa Rica Tarrazu single origin coffee
Three generations of the Montero family working coffee in the stunning micro region San Marcos of Tarrazu, Costa Rica. At an altitude of 1800 to 2100 m, the flagship “La Pastora” plot is rich in volcanic soil and carefully tended through the care and tending to produce the best Costa Rican coffee available. Today Carlos and his entire family are deeply involved at Don Eli Micro mill to hand pick only the ripest cherry. They focus on white and yellow honey processing to maximize the sweetness and transparency of the coffee.

Crop: 2018
Farmer: Carlos Montero
Farm: Tematica
Region: San Marcos, Tarrazu
Mill: Microbeneficio Don Eli
Lot name: Juan Calderon
Height: 1650m
Process: yellow honey
Fragrance: Creme brulee
Tasting Notes:  Honey, Plum sweetness
Price: $16.99/400g

Seasonal feature from our friends at don eli in tarrazu.



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