We hope you're excited for one of the more wild offerings we have put on our menu, sourced through our friends at La Reb (La Real Botánica Expedición, the folks behind our Skeleton Key decaf and several Colombian coffees)!
Many of the flavors in coffee come from the fermentation step in its processing, when sugars and other compounds in the cherry break down and impact the flavors in the seed we roast. Changes to the fermentation environment can create some major changes in the cup.
In this fed-batch washed process, half of the coffee is fermented in cherry then pulped and placed in the fermentation tank to begin their fermentation process. The second half of the coffee undergoes the same process and is added later for extended fuel (i.e. sugar) for the biome that has begun to grow in the already-fermenting first half of coffee’s sugars.
All this leads to a super bright and fruity cup. When done well, washed coffees with extended (and in this case, atypical) fermentation processes can be some of the most unique coffees on the market, and we think Javier and Arlisson Cortés have created quite an interesting coffee in Colina del Viento (The Windy Hill). Between the syrupy sweet grape candy notes and the mulled wine, this coffee will expand your horizon in what you thought coffee’s supposed to taste like.
This one’s a complex ride for sure, and one of the funkier coffees we’ll carry this year. If you expect Colombia to mean straightforward and approachable (or if that’s what you’re looking for), this one will defy those expectations a bit. Expect intense fruit, a bit of booziness, and a unique experience here. It’s a small lot that we think will go pretty quickly, so hop on soon if you want to try something different!
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Last year, Mapendo was our first coffee from the Democratic Republic of Congo in over five years, and it's back for round two with a combination of spicy sweetness and dried fruit flavors. It’s a great coffee for warming up in the winter, but with a balanced dose of the brightness we love in washed African coffees.
The Democratic Republic of Congo is notorious for being one of the world’s most resource-rich, but poverty-stricken and politically-turbulent countries in the world, and Mighty Peace Coffee is a new venture of passionate coffee folks in DRC and the United States who aim to use coffee as a small engine for progress in Congo's coffeelands. Mighty Peace is a woman- and minority-owned social enterprise, and their team in DRC is headed by Linda Mugaruka, an agronomist and Congo’s first Q-Grader, dedicated to elevating coffee quality and coffee prices for farmers in Congo.
Mapendo is a quality-focused subgroup of the larger Muungano Cooperative, organized in conjunction with Linda and the team at Mighty Peace. Mighty Peace works with the Mapendo group to improve yields, improve quality, and connect the group to roasters who will pay better prices for tasty coffee. This year, the Mapendo group separated out coffee from farms higher than 1700 meters above sea level, which further boosts the tastiness.
This harvest from Mapendo, combined with some careful roasting by the team at Huck, has some serious cozy-up-by-the-fireplace vibes. It’s bright, like our favorite washed African coffees, but that orange-like acidity is a bit mellower, and the subtle citrus is mellowed out with notes of sweet dried fruit and spicy-sweet molasses.
QUEEN OF BEANS from Mighty Peace Coffee on Vimeo.
Bright, floral, complex and full of stone fruit flavors, the Aramo Cooperative delivers another dope washed Ethiopia to the Huck roastery!
Aramo is one of the 22 cooperatives that make up the Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union, and we’ve been roasting up their coffee since 2019. YCFCU is a longstanding leader in organic farming and sustainable agriculture in Ethiopia, and while Huck roasts coffees from both private washing stations and cooperatives, we’re always happy to support YCFCU. For the second year in a row, we’re featuring coffees from Aramo in both our Phantom Limb blend and our single origin lineup. All of the coffees we sourced this year are delicious, but this single origin lot got a touch of extra sorting, and is the creme of our Aramo creme this year.
The Aramo Cooperative sits in the kebele (village) of the same name, above the famous Yirgacheffe woreda. Over 2000 farmers deliver cherry to the cooperative, where the coffee is depulped, washed, dried, stored, and sorted under the watchful eye of cooperative manager Negusse Hordfa. In addition to Negusse and cooperative members’ attention, Aramo is one of the highest cooperatives in the region, with farms ranging from 1800-2000+ meters above sea level. Altitude is far from the only factor, but it certainly contributes to the amazing flavors in the cup
We’re tasting ripe nectarine, rose-dominated florals, lemondrop candy in this gem from Aramo, and are stoked to showcase this coffee as our second washed Ethiopia of 2022!