For years, we have been trying to feature a single farmer’s coffee from around the village of Bonta in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea. Finally, this year it happened! This lot represents a selection of two days of picking from Boka, who is one of the most dedicated farmers in the area. This one-of-a-kind coffee has a syrupy sweetness that is accentuated by a balanced pear-like acidity with notes of vanilla, stone fruit, and a delicate savoriness.
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.
This coffee comes from the area of Calvas in southern Ecuador near the Peruvian border. Fifteen growers cultivated Typica and Caturra varieties on very-small organic farms to produce this single-community lot. Look for simple and sweet notes of chocolate and almond balanced by a creamy body.
Grown on the northwestern slopes of Mount Elgon in Uganda, this natural sundried coffee is the result of trial experiments and our collaboration with the Chema washing station. With flavors of grape candy, berries, and sweet spices, this special-preparation lot sourced from the Kabeywa community redefines what to expect from Ugandan coffee.
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.
We met Moisés Herrera and Marysabel Caballero—the couple that runs Finca El Puente—in 2005. Since then, they have become like family and inspire us every year. From experimental coffee varieties and growing techniques to unique ways of processing, they push the boundaries of quality. This mostly Catuai-variety lot is lush with notes of Concord grape accented by a brown-sugar sweetness that finishes with a crisp, toasted nut character.