Santa Maria is one of two coffees from the Cooperativa de Caficultores de Dota (CoopeDota) in Costa Rica that Huckleberry will roast this year. While El Cedral Natural is stunning and fruit-forward, Santa Maria is more subtle, but equally delicious. This washed coffee exudes balance while maintaining complexity, and showcases why great washed Central American coffees are among the most versatile and easy to drink. Santa Maria has milk-friendly flavors of walnut and creamy nougat, while also packing plenty of grape-like fruity complexity and orange-like brightness.
Costa Rica has been a global leader in the push for a more sustainable coffee trade, and within Costa Rica, CoopeDota has been a leader among producers. In 2011 the cooperative produced the world's first certified carbon neutral coffee, and is known for its work to reduce both its carbon and water footprints. To that aim, while we say that this coffee is washed, it's actually eco-pulped. Most washed coffees use fermentation and a whole lot of water to remove the coffee seed's inner fruit (mucilage) before drying. CoopeDota forgoes the fermentation breakdown of that sugary fruit, and runs its coffee through a machine called an EcoPulper, which uses dramatically less water than traditional washing. All in all, as our head of education David Fasman learned while visiting the cooperative earlier this year, reducing water use throughout the coffee's journey is a point of pride for CoopeDota.
We're super excited to begin showcasing CoopeDota's coffees in 2017 - not just because the cooperative is a leader in sustainable practices, but also because the coffee is damn tasty. Santa Maria has a lot going for it - fruity pop, milk-friendly nuttiness, creamy body and depth. This coffee is going to be a go to for us in the mornings while warming up the roaster, on Fetco at our Pecos St cafe, and makes for a delicious single origin espresso, too.
This is our fourth year working with the Long Miles Coffee Project in the Muramvya province of Burundi, and we couldn’t be happier to roast Colline Ninga three years running .
Burundi has produced coffee for quite some time, but the country's progression towards producing high quality specialty coffee was interrupted in the 1990s and early 2000s by political unrest and ethnic violence spilling over the border from Rwanda, during and after that country's genocide. Despite this, and the challenges of being a poor, landlocked country, farmers from Burundi are successfully improving their coffee each and every year, and specialty coffee's higher prices seem to have a major impact on quality of life in the country's coffee growing regions. Moreover, we love the flavors of a great coffee from Burundi.
Colline Ninga is grown by small farmers in Bukeye area of the Muramvya province, and produced by the Long Miles Coffee Project. Long Miles is a project founded by Ben Carlson, an American living in Burundi. Ben, upon seeing the difficulties Muramvya farmers faced, built several washing stations in the region, and has worked with area farmers to help them fetch better prices. By working with the farmers to develop stringent quality practices at the farm level, then washing and milling the coffee with meticulous care, ensure that the coffee is of the highest quality possible. By working with Huckleberry and other roasters in advance of the harvest, the Long Miles Coffee Project is able to pay the farmers a higher price for their coffee than they would receive otherwise
Ninga is a specific hillside community (colline is French for hill), and this coffee comes exclusively from the Long Miles farmers living on that hill. After tasting samples from different hills, and different periods of the harvest, Ninga stood out again this year, along with our other offerings from Gitwe.Colline Ninga has pear and apricot flavors, complemented with red currant and citrusy brightness. It also has a subtle cinnamon-like sweet spiciness, and we like to think of it as a slightly subtler variation of a classic Kenyan flavor profile: bright, slightly savory, and deeply sweet. It's a wonderful coffee, and we're happy to support the great work of the Long Miles Coffee project in the Bukeye area of Burundi. View full product details
Esperanza de Garzón is a limited release coffee for us, grown by Nelson Andrés at his farm Finca La Esperanza in La Trinidad de Garzón, Huila, Colombia. We source some of our favorite Colombian and Central American coffees through Caravela Coffee, a Colombia-based exporter and importer. We think they're responsible for some of the most dependable quality in the industry, and every once in a while, they offer us a single farmer coffee that stands out from his or her growers cooperative.
This year, Nelson Andrés produced one of those special coffees, and we think it's a great example of just how bright and clean Colombian coffees can be. Señor Andres grows only Caturra variety coffee - an increasing rarity in Colombia, where most farmers have planted their land with the disease-resistant Castillo variety. Castillo can taste great, too, but pure Caturra can produce an incredibly clean and sweet cup, especially at high altitudes like Finca La Esperanza's 1700 meters above sea level.
Additionally, Nelson Andres washes and dries his coffee on farm, using raised, parabolic beds to slow down the drying process, and covering his drying area to ensure that the coffee is protected from the elements. Drying is one of the most important stages in coffee production, and the care taken during this step is one of the key ingredients in Esperanza de Garzón's lovely flavors. We're currently in the planning stages of a Colombia trip with Caravela, and are looking forward to seeing Finca la Esperanza and it's parabolic drying beds firsthand.
We taste green grape, spice, and candied citrus, and have enjoyed using Esperanza de Garzón both filter-brewed and as espresso. We only have a little bit of this coffee, and it won't be around too long.View full product details
This winter our head of education, David, visited Costa Rica as a supervisor for the Roasters Guild and Barista Guild of America origin trip. He visited dozens of mills and farms, and tasted even more coffees, but El Cedral was the #1 standout coffee for him. So, we agreed to purchase some before David even got back to the USA.
El Cedral is also Huckleberry's first natural-processed single origin coffee we've roasted outside of Africa. We were waiting for a natural that met the same standards we've come to expect from Ethiopia and Burundi, and this one is a banger. We taste strawberry lemonade, pineapple and tropical fruit, and rich almond pastry (David says bearclaw, but we thought that was a bit specific for the bag, and we figure some folks might not know we meant pastry, not animal). El Cedral's got the clean fruit we've come to expect from the best African naturals, plus some of the richer backbone we love in washed Central American coffees.
This is one of two coffees we'll roast this year from CoopeDota, a cooperative of growers based in the Dota cantón of Costa Rica's Central Valley. This cooperative is a leader in Costa Rica's push for sustainable coffee, and was the first carbon neutral coffee producer on the planet. While our other CoopeDota coffee, Santa Maria, was grown on multiple smallholder farms, El Cedral is a single farm, collectively owned by all of CoopeDota, that operates as an experimental model farm to help individual farmers learn better growing and processing practices.
This natural fruitbomb is a gem, and unique for us at Huckleberry. It won't be around long, and if you've loved other naturals like Ardi, Wenago, and Gitwe Natural, we'd suggest brewing up a bit of this before it's gone.View full product details
Bright, juicy, and refreshing, washed Ethiopian coffees might be the perfect coffees for summer.
Ask a coffee roaster what their favorite coffee growing region is, and quite a few of us will mention Yirgacheffe. Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee - this is where the arabica species originally evolved, and where it still grows wild - and the combination of heirloom varieties, high altitudes, and meticulous washing create coffees that are uniquely light and vibrant, particularly in comparison to the Central American coffees more common here in the USA. And within Ethiopia, Yirgacheffe has a well-earned reputation for producing some of the country's best, brightest, and most floral coffees.
Adado is the name of a washing station in the Yirgacheffe town of Shara, and our first washed coffee from Ethiopia's 2017 harvest. Hundreds of smallholder farmers from Shara sell their coffee cherry to Adado washing station, where it is washed and dried on raised beds to exacting precision. It's super clean and sweet, with flavors of cane sugar and watermelon, and packs the fruity, mouthwatering brightness we've come to love from our favorite Yirgacheffes. On top of the cane sugar and watermelon, we taste key lime and peach, with a delicate, rose-like florality.
We gush over washed Ethiopian coffees, but to be fair, they're not the first beans we reach for if we're looking to pair with milk. But, if you like your coffee black, if you like your coffee refreshing, and you like your coffee complex and dynamic to the last drop, Adado is the ticket.View full product details