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India Tamil Nadu Poopalang Kodaikanal Estate Kodaikanal Estate
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India Tamil Nadu Poopalang Kodaikanal Estate Kodaikanal Estate

If you think coffee from India sounds uncommon, wait until you hear about the Western Ghats mountain range where this coffee was cultivated. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most biologically diverse places in the world, with more than 5,000 species of flowering plants and 508 species of birds.

The legends say that the Western Ghats mountain range is where the first cultivated coffee in India arrived, from seven raw beans from Mocha by a Sufi saint on a pilgrimage to Mecca in the 17th century. This historical event began a rich coffee culture that thrived in the region.

It comes from the Poopalang Kodaikanal Estate, which has 106 acres cultivated with coffee, oranges, and peppers. The estate has a mill where coffee cherries are sorted, de-pulped, fermented, washed, and dried on patios.

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Ethiopia Guji Shakiso
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Ethiopia Guji Shakiso

Guji, a remote and densely forested region in the lower corner of the vast Oromia region, is not easily accessible. The Guji tribe, a part of Ethiopia’s diverse Oromo nation, has shown remarkable resilience over generations in their fight against mining and logging outfits. Despite the challenging circumstances, their efforts to preserve the land’s sacred canopy are genuinely inspiring.  

The unmatched natural surroundings can be a hardship for farmers who want to bring coffee to the market. The majority of the zone can be a full day’s drive (or many days’ walk) from the nearest trading centers of Gedeb or Dilla to the west, which often leaves many coffee farmers with few options and resulting in cherry prices as low as half of neighboring Gedeo or Sidama zones. The gorgeous arabica genetics of this area, blessed by some of the country’s healthiest biodiversity, are often ruined in transit or commodified and blended into lower grades due to the challenging geography, and one way or another, rarely gets a fair showing in the market.

The Shakiso washing station plays a vital role in preserving the quality of coffee from Guji. It purchases cherry from 700 farmers, each averaging just 2 hectares of land, shared between coffee, inset, and other subsistence crops. After being delivered and hand-sorted, the cherries are carefully turned in a single layer on raised beds for three weeks, depending on the temperatures. This meticulous process, standard in Ethiopia’s south, involves covering the drying beds during the hottest afternoon and night to protect the fragile fruit from settling humidity. The result is a unique coffee with dense and berry-like flavors, juicy acids, and satisfying textures. 

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Beat the Heat: Refreshing Coffee Drinks to Cool Down Your Summer
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Beat the Heat: Refreshing Coffee Drinks to Cool Down Your Summer

As temperatures rise and the summer sun blazes down, finding ways to stay cool becomes a top priority. For coffee enthusiasts, sipping a hot cup of joe might sound more appealing in the scorching heat. But fear not! There are plenty of ways to enjoy your caffeine fix while staying cool and refreshed during the dog days of summer. From iced coffees to chilled frappés, here are some delightful coffee concoctions to help you beat the heat.

Iced Coffee: Iced coffee is a classic summer staple that’s refreshing and easy to make. Brew your favorite coffee using your preferred method: cold brew, pour-over, or espresso. Once brewed, allow it to cool to room temperature before transferring it to a pitcher filled with ice cubes. Serve with a splash of milk or cream and sweeten to taste with simple syrup or flavored syrups. Garnish with a mint sprig or a cinnamon sprinkle for an extra flavor touch.

Cold Brew: Cold brew coffee, renowned for its smooth and mellow flavor, is surprisingly easy to make, even for beginners. To make a cold brew, coarsely grind your favorite coffee beans and steep them in cold water for 12 to 24 hours in the refrigerator. Once the brewing process is complete, strain the coffee grounds using a fine-mesh sieve or a coffee filter. Dilute the cold brew concentrate with water or milk to your desired strength and serve over ice. Customize it with flavored syrups or spices like vanilla, cinnamon, or cardamom for a unique twist.

Affogato: Affogato is a delightful Italian dessert that combines the richness of espresso with the creaminess of vanilla gelato or ice cream. To make an affogato, scoop a generous serving of vanilla gelato or ice cream into a bowl or glass. Pour a freshly brewed espresso over the gelato, allowing it to melt slightly and create a velvety coffee sauce. Garnish with a dusting of cocoa powder or a sprinkle of crushed espresso beans for an elegant finishing touch.

Frozen Coffee Frappé: Indulge in a frosty delight that will instantly transport you to a calm oasis. In a blender, combine cold brew or chilled espresso with milk, ice cubes, and a few tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk or sugar. Blend until smooth and creamy, adjusting the consistency by adding more ice or liquid as needed. Pour the frappé into glasses and top with whipped cream and a drizzle of chocolate or caramel sauce. For an extra indulgence, sprinkle crushed cookies or nuts on top for added texture. This is not just a drink; it's a sensory experience that will delight your taste buds and cool you down on a hot summer day.

Coffee Milkshake: Indulge your sweet tooth with a creamy coffee milkshake that will satisfy your cravings on a hot summer day. Combine cold brew or chilled coffee in a blender with vanilla ice cream, milk, and a drizzle of chocolate syrup or caramel sauce. Blend until smooth and frothy, adjusting the sweetness and thickness to your liking by adding more ice cream or milk as needed. Pour the milkshake into tall glasses and garnish with whipped cream and a cherry on top for a nostalgic twist.

With these refreshing coffee drinks in your repertoire, you can stay cool and caffeinated all summer long. Whether you’re a fan of the bold kick of cold brew or the indulgent sweetness of a frappé, there’s a cooling coffee concoction to suit every palate. So beat the heat and enjoy a delightful coffee creation that will not only help you stay refreshed but also keep you energized during even the hottest of days. Cheers to a cool and caffeinated summer!

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Brazil Santos
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Brazil Santos

As the largest coffee producer in the world, Brazil has an incredible range of coffees, producing conditions and lots to choose from, making it possible to have consistent, high-quality blends year after year. Brazil Santos is well known for its sweet and smooth profile, widespread appeal, medium body, and creamy, mellow flavor. Because it provides such a consistent profile, this coffee is an excellent base for any blend that will keep your customers returning time and time again for the same beloved flavors.

Most Brazilian coffee is grown on huge farms, built and equipped for mechanical harvesting and processing designed to maximize productivity. The relatively flat landscape across many of Brazil’s coffee regions, combined with high minimum wages, has led most farms to opt for this type of mechanical harvesting over selective hand-picking.

In the past, this mechanization meant that strip-picking was the norm. However, today’s mechanical harvesters are increasingly sensitive, meaning farms can selectively harvest only fully ripe cherries at each pass. This is excellent news for specialty-oriented producers.

In many cases and on less-level sections of farms, a mixed form of ‘manual mechanized’ harvesting may be used. The derricadeira – a mechanized rake that uses vibration to harvest ripe cherry - can selectively pick ripe cherry more quickly and cost-effectively than individual hand pickers. A tarp is spanned between coffee trees to capture the cherry as it falls.

With the aid of these newer, more selective technologies, a growing number of farms are increasingly concerned with – and able to deliver - cup quality.

After harvest, cherries are typically laid to dry in thin layers on patios. Under direct sunlight, they are carefully monitored and turned frequently.

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Guatemala Huehuetenango
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Guatemala Huehuetenango

Huehuetenango is well-known for its high altitude and consistent weather patterns. The region lies at a nexus of hot air sweeping eastwards from the Plains of Tehuantepec in Oaxaca, Mexico, and cool air rushing down the Cuchumantanes Mountains. Meeting this hot and cold air creates a microclimate that keeps frost in check and enables coffee cultivation at higher altitudes. Coffee production at 2,000 meters above sea level here is typical. These conditions are perfect for producing the region’s sparkling acidity and distinctive fruit flavors.

Due to its remoteness in one of Guatemala’s three non-volcanic regions, most producers in Huehuetenango process their own coffee.

Farmers selectively hand-pick cherry and pulp it on their farms, using small hand-powered or electric drum pulpers. Parchment is then fermented in buckets or bags.

Following fermentation, parchment is agitated to remove the remaining mucilage and washed in clean water. All water used during pulping and washing is filtered—usually through earthen holes—so that the organic solids do not contaminate local waterways.

Farmers typically lay parchment to dry on raised beds stacked on each other to maximize space. Patios are also frequently used.

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