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Costa Rica: Las Lajas Micromill

Honey Process ∙ Light Roast Cotton candy sweetness, black current and honeydew Grown at 1450-1600 Meters Above Sea Level (MASL) Each month I get the pleasure of choosing a new single origin coffee to purchase and roast for our Origin Select project. While we always carry a standard selection of single origins representing some of our favorite growing regions, this gives us the opportunity to highlight some exceptional beans on a seasonal basis that we might otherwise have missed out on! Our Origin Select coffee this month comes from a micromill in Sabanilla de Alajuela, Central Valley Costa Rica. Oscar and Francisca Chacón are third-generation coffee producers, but the coffee is more than just in their family heritage: it's in their hearts and...

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Sumatra Aceh: Gayo - Pantan Musara Microlot

Each month I get the pleasure of choosing a new single origin coffee to purchase and roast for our Origin Select project. While we always carry a standard selection of single origins representing some of our favorite growing regions, this gives us the opportunity to highlight some exceptional beans on a seasonal basis that we might otherwise have missed out on! Our Origin Select coffee this month comes from a small mill in the Pegasing district of Takengon, in northern Sumatra's coffee-famous Aceh (AH-chay) region. The mill serves several small coffee producers within the Pantan Musara villages; several years ago, these producers were dislocated from their homes and land because of a natural disaster, and they have rebuilt their lives and farms with...

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Fair Trade/Organically Grown Nicaragua Segovia: Featured Origin Select Coffee

Each month I get the pleasure of choosing a new single origin coffee to purchase and roast for our Origin Select project. While we always carry a standard selection of single origins representing some of our favorite growing regions, this gives us the opportunity to highlight some exceptional beans on a seasonal basis that we might otherwise have missed out on!   Our Origin Select coffee this month comes from Northwestern Nicaragua, the Department of Nueva Segovia. This Fair Trade Certified coffee comes to us from PRODECOOP, a second-level cooperative organization that groups 38 grassroots cooperatives made up of 2,300 small producers. This organically grown coffee that we selected this month is a top-notch example of Nicaraguan coffee. Typically the classic Nicaraguan roast profile tends to lean...

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Mexico Finca Santa Isabel Microlot: Featured Origin Select Coffee

Each month I get the pleasure of choosing a new single origin coffee to purchase and roast for our Origin Select project. While we always carry a standard selection of single origins representing some of our favorite growing regions, this gives us the opportunity to highlight some exceptional beans on a seasonal basis that we might otherwise have missed out on! Our Origin Select coffee this month comes from Southeastern Mexico, in the Estado Libre y Soberano de Chiapas (Free and Sovereign State of Chiapas). This coffee comes to us from Femerides Vázquez Pérez, owner of Finca Santa Isabel in the town of Las Pilas, and we are thrilled to have it available this month as our Origin Select. This organically grown coffee...

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Fair Trade Certified Papua New Guinea: Featured Origin Select Coffee

Each month I get the pleasure of choosing a new single origin coffee to purchase and roast for our Origin Select project. While we always carry a standard selection of single origins representing some of our favorite growing regions, this gives us the opportunity to highlight some exceptional beans on a seasonal basis that we might otherwise have missed out on! Our Origin Select coffee this month comes from the Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea. This sweet and savory coffee with tart fruit acidity is balanced nicely with toffee and citrus fruit flavors. Our roasters chose a medium roast to bring out the best in this month’s exciting selection!  Kenta Plantation Mill is named after the community and village where it is...

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