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Limu coffees come from the southwestern parts of Ethiopia, in the Oromia Region. These coffees are grown at altitudes of up to 2000 meters above sea level. They tend to show a cup profile with a medium body and flavor notes of wine and fruit with a sharp, citric like acidity and a clean finish.
Washed Limu coffees are a relatively new phenomenon in the Ethiopian coffee market. For generations coffees in these areas were produced as sun dried coffees. Washing these coffees, to protect the final quality and consistency were popularized fairly recently and with great success.
Prior to large scale opening of cooperatively owned washing stations, farmers would dry their coffees on the ground and store the coffee in their homes, until they needed some money, at which point the producer would bring the dried cherry to a buying station and get the little money they needed. The problem was that these coffees earned the farmer very low prices due to the lower quality of what were known as Jimma 5 coffees.
As cooperatives opened washing stations, the coffees immediately started earning a higher income for farmers. As the quality improved, better prices for the farmers followed. The rise of Washed Limu coffees not only introduced a new region of premium coffees for the specialty roaster to explore and share with their customers, but it also introduced a newly afforded livelihood for the producers in Western Ethiopia. [Genuine Origin]
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Decaffeinated Colombia Calle de Cauca (Single Origin)
Tasting Notes: cherry, caramel, cane sugar
Altitude: 1350 to 1750
Located in a biological Conservation Corridor, Valle del Cauca lies between the National Park of Tatama and "serrania de los paraguas". Some years ago, this region was identified by Conservation International as one of the two main conservation corridors in Colombia.
Farmers in this region are strongly aware of the importance of the preservation of natural resources, water management and friendly environmental practices. Valle del Cauca was once a prominent producer of coffee, but much of the land is now dedicated to producing sugar cane.
This coffee was decaffeinated using the Sugarcane Process. The process uses ethyl acetate - an organic compound found in sugar cane - to remove 97% of the caffeine from coffee beans. The process tends to leave a pleasant, sweet flavor.[Genuine Origin]
Tanzania Shilanga (Single Origin)
Tasting Notes: Chocolate, vanilla and caramel
Process: Washed, sun-dried on raised beds
The Shilanga Agricultural Marketing Cooperative and Society (AMCOS) was founded on August 6, 1993, though back then it only received home-processed parchment from its members. In 2013, however, the group purchased a Penagos pulper and began producing washed coffees that have continued to increase in quality. A total of 193 farmers from the villages of Shilanga, Shomola, Welu, Igale and Ichesa contributed to this lot. During the harvest, they delivered cherries throughout the afternoon, and the AMCOS would pulp from early evening through midnight. After pulping, the beans were sorted using washing channels and then fermented without water for 24 to 36 hours. After this, they were washed in the washing channels—with water from the Ruanda River—soaked for 8 hours and then dried on raised beds for between 7 and 14 days. Looking ahead, the AMCOS is working toward building new drying tables and buying a new pulper. [InterAmerican Coffee]
Kenya AB Lenana (Single Origin)[PANTRY RESERVE][TEMP SOLD OUT]
Tasting Notes: Blackberry, Black Currant, Brown Spice, Maple Syrup
Acidity: Mild with a hint of brightness
Our AB Lenana is a blend of AB grades from traceable sources, both estates and cooperatives, and prepared by our sister company Taylor Winch (Coffee) Ltd in Kenya. The coffee was grown by smallholders, generally with average 200 trees each, who delivered their freshly picked ripe cherries to cooperative wet mills. The AB Lenana was disc pulped, fully fermented and washed, sundried on elevated drying tables. Consolidated parchment volumes were then delievred to dry mills where the parchment was hulled, graded according to size and density, and warehoused and warranted for sale. [Genuine Origin]
Papa New Guinea Simbai (Single Origin)[Reserve Series][TEMP SOLD OUT]
Tasting Notes: Dark Chocolate & prune
Simbai Balus Kopi (Simbai Airplane Coffee) comes from the Simbai area, just over the Bismarck Range bordering the Western Highlands Province and Sepik Province. Since all coffee from Simbai is transported via plane, getting Simbai Balus Kopi is not easy. In order to access the supply chain Simbai farmers must bring their coffee to an airstrip; some farmers have a day’s journey from their farm to the airfields. At the airfields, the parchment is weighed, recorded and stored in sheds (which were built by Genuine Origin's sister company). When there is enough coffee for a plane-load our local managers get a charter flight ready. They also organize freight and people for the airstrip for the outbound journey to cover part of the charter cost (usually about $2,000 USD). The coffee is then transported to Mt Hagen where it gains access to our global supply chain. [Genuine Origin]