With a climate influenced by its proximity to the Pacific Ocean, the region of Nariño, Colombia, is a special place that is known for great coffees. It is there—in particular the towns of Buesaco and Tablón de Gómez—that the Cafés Especiales cooperative members focus on selections of their Caturra variety for this stunning lot with notes of black cherry, plum, and milk chocolate.
Luis Huayhua of Nueva Llusta, Bolivia, continues to be a model farmer—producing some of the best coffees in the Cenaproc cooperative. He is dedicated to educating and encouraging his fellow farmers to pursue better picking and processing techniques. This year's harvest is creamy and sweet with plum and nutty flavors.
Recognizing Uganda’s incredible potential for quality, we worked with our partners at the Chema washing station to create some unique coffees. This lot was specially selected from the highest farms in the region and processed using underwater fermentation—in place of their usual dry-fermentation method—to create a momentous coffee with bright notes of black cherry and cola with a creamy body.
Mpemba's coffee is simply impressive. From the cooperative's inception a few years ago to it’s repeated recognition for quality, it may be best to let the coffee from this small cooperative in northern Burundi speak for itself. Notes of bright green apple and stone fruit give way to a light floral note that is crisp and complex.
Sea Change is a tribute to the highest-quality coffee harvests we've ever seen from the beautiful island of Papua New Guinea. The huge quality improvement can be credited to the work of the Colbran family, which put into place dozens of new standards—in particular, drying practices similar to those in East Africa. These practices are crucial to preserving freshness and flavor as the coffee makes its long journey across the ocean to us. No doubt, these new standards are responsible for the pristine flavors of molasses, nectarine, and spice.