We only change our house coffee once a year so this is a big one for us.
This year, we've found a new group of producers from the Diplito region of Nicaragua, who we're excited to start working with. They're a small group, just 9 producers who are blending their coffee as a regional select. Earlier this year, while sourcing in Nicaragua we were blown away by this coffee. It's outstanding, with all the flavours and attributes we were looking for. Big and bold, sweet as a nut and the type of coffee you want to drink more and more.
Some things take time.
It's a great time to start working with these producers and the region. They have a passion and desire to grow coffee for the specialty market and they're already doing many of the things which we know will yield great coffee. What's interesting for us is the opportunity to build a relationship with a group that, so far are doing little in the way of lot separation.
It's always been our aim to keep outstanding coffees separate, to recognise the farmers who go the extra mile to produce amazing coffee. Without a doubt, the farmers will want this too but it's a little more complicated if we want to be part of a system that's truly sustainable and works for all.
This year, we'll be using this regional select as our house coffee. It comes from 9 producers and we'll be telling more of their stories throughout the year.
Farm: Regional from 9 Producers
Varietal(s): Caturra, Catuaí, Caturra, Typica, Bourbon
Processing: All coffees are fully washed and dried on raised beds
Altitude:1,100 + metres above sea level
Moving forward, we want to producers to know exactly how much of their coffee we'll be buying and what percentage of that should be micro-lots. We want them to be separating coffee ahead of the harvest and knowing they're growing it for us. They'll know the quality they are producing and be rewarded in advance for their efforts. They'll know we'll be there next year and the year after that. This is only possible if we build a good relationship from the ground up. Regular visits and honest feedback. Open source policy and financial transparency.