Sometimes we just want coffee to taste like good coffee. There’s a time and place for wild fruitbombs, but if you’re looking for straightforward and good, this is the ticket.
Cafénor represents new sourcing for Huck, and we’re excited to roast up two coffees from this group of farmers and mill in Northwestern El Salvador: this approachable washed coffee and a fruitier honey-processed Pacamara.
Cafénor is a socially-minded private wet and dry mill that aims to produce coffee as ecologically as possible. Founded by Alejandro Valiente and operated by Alejandro and his daughter Valeria, the mill itself, where Cafénor processes coffee cherry or purchases fully-dried coffee from nearby producers and prepares it for export, is carbon-negative.
Cafénor also operates in a farmer-first mindset, working with a dedicated group of growers in the Metapan area year-after-year, coordinating group purchases of farming inputs and equipment, and aiming to deliver 80-85% of the final export price directly to the farmer. Millers and exporters (including the fair ones!) usually absorb a significantly larger cut of the export price.
Here at Huck, there’s no question that we love fruity, bright, complex coffees. But we also appreciate coffee that just tastes like good coffee, and that’s where this washed lot from the Productores (producers) de Cafénor hits. Sweet, straight-forward, no surprises. Just a damn good, pleasantly nutty Central American coffee, and probably the least-fruity coffee in our single origin lineup right now. There’s a touch of pear or golden raisin there, but milk-friendly graham cracker and toasted almond flavors are the stars of the cup here.
We’re excited to drink some solid coffee from Metapan over the next few months, And we’re equally excited to roast up a much-different lot from the group, too. When we do source coffee from new-to-us supply networks, we do look to longterm potential, and with both the variety of flavors and ethos at Cafénor, we think there’s plenty to look forward to. For the present though, this one’s just a good, solid coffee from some well-intentioned folks.
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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.
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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!