$16.00 – $104.00
For the love of the wandering, the trees, the granite slopes, and the wild places. For the love of the forest smells and wide-open views. For the love of the creeks, the scree fields, the rivers, the dry mountain slopes, and epic snow-topped peaks. For the love of the mountains and everything that resides therein.
This year’s TOPO is from Peru. It is full-bodied, rich, and delicious while still highlighting some of the brighter notes that make these coffees unique. Like walking barefoot in long grasses. Think high mountain meadows, warm sunshine, and an alpine breeze. It is naturally creamy and delicious. Flavor notes: Black cherry, pipe tobacco, molasses, and a hint of tamarind.
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$13.75 – $87.50
Rich, full-bodied, dark notes of bakers chocolate, malt, earthy, cane sugar and lime zest.
Roast Level: Medium
The Torajan tribe, living in the central mountain region of the South Sulawesi province, continue to maintain a traditional village lifestyle that includes houses that resemble boats. The growing region has a complex geography that includes humid low-land rice paddies flanked by thousand-foot rock walls capped in perpetual mist. Coffee is grown in this geographic wonderland at elevations that reach 2000 MASL, considered to be some of the highest growing elevations in all of Indonesia. In recent years, producers who cultivate and harvest coffee on farms that average less than 3 acres in size have been organizing and building community micro-mills to improve their processing standards. At these mills, each producer carefully sorts their harvested cherries, depulps, ferments overnight, washes, and lays wet parchment out on patios to shed water. Next the coffee takes a detour from the conventional path of processing in other origins, wherein, the coffee parchment is removed while the coffee still has a high moisture content. This wet-hulling process, called Giling Basah in the Indonesian language, leaves the coffee bean exposed while drying on patios to a moisture percentage acceptable for export and gives the bean its unique bluish color and the hallmark Indonesian profile.
$12.50 – $80.00
Notes of cocoa, pineapple, almond, mild acidity, mellow and pleasant. Delicious & uncomplicated.
Roast Level: Med- Dark
$15.50 – $95.00
From the Wrutsiro district of Rwanda, this organic crop comes from the COOPAC Cooperative. It is a 100% bourbon crop grown between 1800-2000 masl. The coffee is washed, and dried on raised beds. This coffee lends well to a light roast resulting in a mellow bodied coffee with notes of fig, raisins, and grapefruit.
About the cooperative:
“Coopac was established in April of 2001 with 1100 memebers aiming to regenerate the coffee sector in the Gisenyi region of Lake Kivu. The initial objectives was to take advantage of the excellent natural resources in our region and focus on producing the highest quality coffee for the gourmet market so as to gain higher returns for our collective efforts thereby increase the well being of all our members. COOPAC coffee Prices has been steadily climbing in recognition of the quality improvements in turn the well being of its members has drastically improved through FairTrade initiatives that guarantee the farmers get their fair share. COOPAC went on to cr.onstruct the Nyamwenda washing station in 2003 with partial grant, partial credit. Today, some 50 washing stations dot the northern lake landscape and CCOPAC has achieved FLO certification. The membership in 2004 had risen to 1,500 members. Currently that number stands at 2,198 members from the six areas of Ack, Ubuzima, Tuzamurane, Kopabm, Abakundakurima and Abanyamurava, and exported 12 containers of Fair Trade certified coffee.
COOPAC is currently promoting and providing shade tree saplings and agroforestry education to all its members so as to adhere to strict organic practices with ongoing assistance provided to fair trade community based initiatives which has so far enabled in the construction of schools, health-care clinics, roads and bridges as well as local women and youth development programs.”