Metro Manila, along with many other parts of the Philippines are now under quarantine, limiting commercial activities to those considered “essential.”
As a commodity provider, we will continue to operate our roastery with enhanced safety measures to deliver coffee to online guests on our regular schedules (case-to-case per area).
In the meantime, we will offer moments of care everywhere we can. we encourage our teams and guests to stay at home with loved ones and take good care of one another so that together we can help flatten the curve of this spread.
We look forward to welcoming you back as soon as we can.
Brazil Matas de Minas is sourced from Fazenda Córrego da Limeira, located in Manhumirim, a municipality within the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. The estate consists of 331 acres from which 261 acres are planted with coffee within the micro-region of Matas de Minas, which has received praise in recent years for the production of specialty coffee.
At Fazenda Córrego da Limeira, the coffee primarily dries in the sun on patios and then finished in mechanical dryers to ensure consistent moisture levels are reached. Fazenda Córrego da Limeira produces 3500 bags of coffee a year.
‘Awash River’ is a new naturally processed coffee from smallholder farmers serviced by the river Awash in the Yirgacheffe region of southern Ethiopia. These farmers rely on the great river and its many tributaries to cultivate coffee and sustain their communities.
The Yirgacheffe region has developed a reputation for some of the most sought-after coffees in the world. With the river Awash as a rich source of clean water, the combination of high altitude, fertile soils, and abundant sunshine provides ideal conditions for arabica coffee cultivation.
This coffee is naturally processed, whereby ripe coffee cherries are dried in the sun on raised African beds for around 12-15 days, depending on ambient conditions. This sun-drying process allows for sugars in the cherry pulp to transfer into the bean, presenting in the cup as complex fruit flavors. Raised beds provide airflow to facilitate a consistent drying process, though the cherries are also turned periodically to prevent mold and covered at night to protect from rain and moisture. Once the ideal moisture content is reached the dried cherries are rested in a cool environment before being hulled, graded and handpicked prior to export.
“THE CRADLE OF HUMANKIND (AND COFFEE)”
The Awash carves through almost 750 miles of Ethiopia’s great rift valley, providing a vital water source for millions. In fact, Archaeologists believe humans have lived along the river since the dawn of man. Known as “the cradle of humankind”, the middle Awash is to some of the most important archaeological discoveries in history, including perhaps the most famous hominid fossil ever found: “Lucy”.
In a poetic twist, Ethiopia is also the birthplace of the arabica coffee tree. As farmers began to harvest the wild forest trees of Southern Ethiopia they, in turn, began to cultivate them on their own land. Nevertheless, much of the coffee in Ethiopia still grows wild and is represented by thousands of different sub-varieties, many of which are cultivated by farmers throughout regions such as Yirgacheffe to this day.