Our Coffees

Premium Swiss Water® Process Reduced Caffeine Coffees

Well-developed, aromatic Costa Ricans to deep, syrupy Sumatra Mandhelings. We also have a number of organic, Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance offerings that include Mexico and Peru. All these coffees are 99.9% caffeine free, roast and serve them with pride.

Central America

Costa Rica

Costa Rica Harmonia

Costa Rica is the coffee we envision when we close our eyes and think of Coffee. It doesn’t swing to wild Ethiopia-like floral notes, isn’t screamingly acidic like a top Kenya, and it won’t coat your tongue in velvet like Sulawesi. Costa Rica is coffee incarnate, rich body balanced with appropriate acidity and a bit of toasted marshmallow sweetness up front.

We’ve chosen to blend coffees from two different regions: Tarrazu (rich body, nice deep acidity) and Valle Central (moderate body & acidity, sweet and clean). What do you get? Harmony.

Guatemala

Guatemala

Over the past couple years we’ve worked to define and then refine our Guatemalan profile. What we didn’t want: murky, pungent fruit, inconsistency. What we did want: sweet, clean, good acidity, solid cups.

First we needed to select regions, and turned to Fraijanes and Mataquescuintla, as well as San Marcos and Esquipulas. Then we looked to farms and mills that could hit the mark, producers such as Finca El Cascajal and Finca La Igualdad.

If you really must know:

  • Varietals are Catuai, Caturra and Bourbon.
  • Elevation is 1300-1650 MASL.
  • Sun-dried on patios.

Clean, lemony, sweet, hint of graham cracker, chocolate if you push the roast. Good stuff.

Honduras Fair Trade Organic Capucas

If only all the coffee in Honduras was like this. Sweet, clean, lovely cocoa and apricot flavors. Here’s the CV:

Capucas is located in the west of Honduras, near Celique National Park. This cloud-forest park is home to ocelots, jaguars, and pumas. Bring cat treats!
As for the coffee: primarily caturra, grown at 1400-1600 meters above sea level. Did we mention the soil? Great soil, lovely climate. Coffee has been farmed here since the late 19th century, and in the 1960’s the primary crop (tobacco) was replaced with more coffee. Cooperativa Cafetalera Capucas Limitada (COCAFCAL) was founded in 1999 by the great-grandson-in-law of the original Capucas farm owner.

Want more information? Visit mycapucascoffee.com

Mexico

Mexico Dulce

Can you name the top ten coffee-production nations? Mexico is on that list. It has been for a really, really long time, consistently producing more than Guatemala, and way more (about 250%) than Costa Rica. Still, you don’t see it on too many menus.

This is a new offering for us. We’ve been producing Organic and Fair Trade Organic Swiss Water Decaf Mexican coffees forever; lately it occurred to us that conventional Mexican coffee is so versatile (and reasonably priced) that we should add it to our roster.

What we use: nice clean coffee from Huatusco and Chiapas.

What you get: a sweet, clean, approachable cup. This is a great mild cup and an awesome blend component.

Mexico

Mexico

Both Organic and Fair Trade Organic offerings here, too. High Grown EP only need apply. Typica, caturra and bourbon predominate. Chiapas and Oaxaca provide most of coffee. Sweet! Like Kona without the leis. Floral, citrusy, happy coffee.

Our Fair Trade Organic Mexican coffee comes from cooperatives such as Federacion Indigena Eciologica de Chiapas (FIECH), Agroproductores de Escuintla, and the truly unpronounceable Uapeéis Tzijib Babi.

South America

Brazil

Brazil NY 2/3 17/18 SSFC Cerrado

Brazilians consume a ridiculous amount of coffee – close to 20 million bags a year and growing – second only to the US. Fortunately for us, what they consume is mostly Conillon Robusta and lower-grade Arabica.

We recently upgraded the specs for our Decaf Brazils, now using only 17/18 Strictly Soft Fine Cup (SSFC). The 17/18 screen size has a far more consistent flavor without the pungent fruit notes that can turn up in smaller-bean Brazils (an indication of varying bean maturity). We have selected Cerrado for the region and cup profile – mild and sweet, great body – nice on its own, but also versatile in blends, as an espresso component, or for flavoring.

Colombia

Colombia Excelso La Encantadora

Last I saw, the list of registered coffee exporters in Colombia numbered well over 300. The problem is getting decent and consistent coffee from them. Smaller ones are at the mercy of whatever parchement producers bring in the door, and larger ones tend to focus on the number of containers more than the quality of what’s inside. We’ve narrowed our partners down to a select group of very experienced, quality-focused shippers who understand what we expect, and they deliver!
Classic Colombian: good body, balanced acidity, and a rich, sweet, lingering finish.

Colombia

Colombia Supremo 17/18

Larger (duh!) than our Excelso, similar backstory, similar character with a touch of walnut & caramel.

Peru

Peru

let’s float down to Peru

In llama land there’s a one-man band

And he’ll toot his flute for you

Again with the Organic and Fair Trade Organic, and occasionally Rainforest Alliance too! Sturdy cups, deep flavor with moderate acidity. Cocoa aroma and almond in the finish.

Out Fair Trade Organic Peru comes from a wide variety of cooperatives, including APROCASSI, Casil, Cenfrocafe, COCLA , Coicafe, and Naranjillo.

Africa

Ever heard of Ethiopia? Birthplace of coffee cultivation, a gazillion varietals you’ve never heard of, dancing goats all over the place…. And known for two radically different flavor profiles: the crazy naturals, with their berries and chocolate and red wine and stuff, and sophisticated washed coffees, hinting at every tea on the shelf.

Ethiopia Washed Sidamo

When it comes to washed Ethiopian coffees, we like the classics. Floral with a tea-like mouthfeel and a hint of spice in the finish.

Asia/Oceania

Indonesia has a lot of islands (more than 17 thousand) and the name itself is derived from Greek and Latin words for islands. Yes, the place has so many islands it took two different words to encompass it. While coffee isn’t cultivated commercially on very many of them, a few do stand out, notably Sumatra, Sulawesi and Java.

Sumatra

Sumatra Mandheling Grade 1

The word Mandheling refers to a traditional ethnic group (also spelled Mandailing) in northern Sumatra, and the name has come to represent the better Arabica coffee from the island. We see a lot of Sumatran coffee labeled Gayo, which means mountain – a good sign.

Our Sumatra comes from the two best regions: the mountains around Lake Tawar in the Aceh region of northern Sumatra, and the Lintong area around Lake Toba.

We like classic Sumatra: rich and earthy with deep, syrupy body and herbal notes. Darker roasting brings out bittersweet chocolate and a touch of tobacco.

Sumatra

Indonesia Sumatra Mandheling Grade 1

We offer both a Certified Organic and a Fair Trade Organic version. As with our conventional Sumatra, the coffee comes from the two best regions: the mountains around Lake Tawar in the Aceh region of northern Sumatra, and the Lintong area around Lake Toba. Look for classic Sumatra flavor: rich and earthy with deep, syrupy body and herbal notes. Darker roasting brings out bittersweet chocolate and a touch of tobacco.

Our Fair Trade Organic comes from cooperatives such as Tunas Indah, Koperasi Permata Gayo, Ujang Jaya and PT Ihtiyeri Keta Ara (IKA).

Blends

Premium Espresso Blend

The old-fashioned approach to decaf espresso was: take whatever you had lying around, roast it really slow and dark, and blame the results on decaf in general. We couldn’t let this go unchecked.

With our Premium Espresso Blend, you get coffee that shows balance, depth and liveliness at a range of roasts. Brazil on rhythm guitar, washed Latins playing lead, Indo/Asia on bass, and a dose of exotic naturals playing tambourine. The tasty result: chocolate and caramel flavors with a touch of natural fruit, just enough acidity to provide a balance of sparkle, and sweetness riding a long, smooth finish.

Pull shots with enough depth and sustaining crema you’ll be surprised its decaf. Amaze your friends!

Cascadia Blend Fair Trade Organic

Ethically-sourced, certified organic coffees from the most reputable cooperatives in Latin America, Indonesia and Africa are brought together in a United Nations of coffee harmony, producing a big-bodied sweet cup.

Brewing Cascadia Blend? Look for herbal notes and dark chocolate.

Using Cascadia Blend as FTO espresso? You get citrus and cherry, plus those herbal notes again, as well as a bonus treacle-like mouthfeel. This marvel performs just as well as a straight shot as it does in a large latte.

Sustainably Certified

Honduras Fair Trade Organic Capucas

If only all the coffee in Honduras was like this. Sweet, clean, lovely cocoa and apricot flavors. Here’s the CV:

Capucas is located in the west of Honduras, near Celique National Park. This cloud-forest park is home to ocelots, jaguars, and pumas. Bring cat treats!
As for the coffee: primarily caturra, grown at 1400-1600 meters above sea level. Did we mention the soil? Great soil, lovely climate. Coffee has been farmed here since the late 19th century, and in the 1960’s the primary crop (tobacco) was replaced with more coffee. Cooperativa Cafetalera Capucas Limitada (COCAFCAL) was founded in 1999 by the great-grandson-in-law of the original Capucas farm owner.

Want more information? Visit mycapucascoffee.com

Indonesia

Indonesia Sumatra Mandheling Grade 1

We offer both a Certified Organic and a Fair Trade Organic version. As with our conventional Sumatra, the coffee comes from the two best regions: the mountains around Lake Tawar in the Aceh region of northern Sumatra, and the Lintong area around Lake Toba. Look for classic Sumatra flavor: rich and earthy with deep, syrupy body and herbal notes. Darker roasting brings out bittersweet chocolate and a touch of tobacco.

Our Fair Trade Organic comes from cooperatives such as Tunas Indah, Koperasi Permata Gayo, Ujang Jaya and PT Ihtiyeri Keta Ara (IKA).

Mexico

Mexico

Both Organic and Fair Trade Organic offerings here, too. High Grown EP only need apply. Typica, caturra and bourbon predominate. Chiapas and Oaxaca provide most of coffee. Sweet! Like Kona without the leis. Floral, citrusy, happy coffee.

Our Fair Trade Organic Mexican coffee comes from cooperatives such as Federacion Indigena Eciologica de Chiapas (FIECH), Agroproductores de Escuintla, and the truly unpronounceable Uapeéis Tzijib Babi.

Peru

Peru

Again with the Organic and Fair Trade Organic, and occasionally Rainforest Alliance too! Sturdy cups, deep flavor with moderate acidity. Cocoa aroma and almond in the finish.

Out Fair Trade Organic Peru comes from a wide variety of cooperatives, including APROCASSI, Casil, Cenfrocafe, COCLA , Coicafe, and Naranjillo.

Cascadia Blend Fair Trade Organic

Ethically-sourced, certified organic coffees from the most reputable cooperatives in Latin America, Indonesia and Africa are brought together in a United Nations of coffee harmony, producing a big-bodied sweet cup.

Brewing Cascadia Blend? Look for herbal notes and dark chocolate.

Using Cascadia Blend as FTO espresso? You get citrus and cherry, plus those herbal notes again, as well as a bonus treacle-like mouthfeel. This marvel performs just as well as a straight shot as it does in a large latte.