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Ethiopia - Limu - Burka Gudina

Ethiopia Limu Burka Gudina Single Origin Organic Coffee

Background: This washed Limu comes from the Jimma zone in the western highlands of Oromia, Ethiopia — from a farm and mill run by Ibrahim Hussein. The coffee has all the qualities of a great washed Ethiopian: hints of jasmine in the fragrance with a juicy, hibiscus-like acidity and balanced notes of milk chocolate, watermelon, and passionfruit. We are happy to bring you this coffee and look forward to con- tinuing our partnership with this farm for many years to come.

In the Cup: Jasmine, hibiscus, watermelon, chocolate

Farm: Burka Gudina
Region: Jimma
Varietal: Heirloom varieties
Processing: Washed, patio-dried
Harvest: September-December
Altitude: 1,700-1,800m

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Decaf Peru - Monteverde

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Mexico - Chiapas - Mocabe

Background: Over the last several years, finding a good coffee from Mexico has been difficult. Due to bad crop years and disease, some of the partners with whom we worked had walked away from their organic certifications in order to deal with these challenges and produce enough coffee to sustain their families. Finding a good organic Mexican coffee was getting to be like finding a needle in a haystack.

This harvest, we were lucky and happy to find the Organic Mexico MOCABE (Movimiento Campesino De Bleisario). This coffee has all of the notes of a good, classic coffee from Mexico: creamy texture, brown sugar, bittersweet chocolate, tamarind, and a hint of lemon. Thanks to our partners at InterAmerican Coffee for suggesting it and helping Groundwork to bring Organic Mexico MOCABE to our homes and cafes.

In the cup: brown sugar, bittersweet chocolate, tamarind




Region: Chiapas
Varietal: Bourbon, Caturra, Catuaí
Processing: Washed, Patio Dried
Harvest: December - March
Altitude: 1,350m

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Sumatra - Takengon Ika - Junus Family Farms

Sumatra Takengon Ika Brew School

Background: This coffee is sourced from the family-run Jagong Mill and the surrounding farms (owned by Irham Junis, his son Andi, and Daugnter Ina), located in the Takengon and Atu Lintang coffee region on the Aceh province in Sumatra. Their attention to detail in picking and processing is something truly unique in Sumatra. By controlling the whole process from tree to mill to export, they are able to avoid the long and oftentimes convoluted supply lines that can plague and compromise the quality of coffee from the island.

We are very proud to be carrying this coffee in conjunction with our friends at Royal coffee, and we are happy to support small farmers doing great work and focusing on quality, as the Junis family has demonstrated.

When we tasted this coffee, it stood out to us for its classic Sumatran profile: Notes of cedar, pipe tobacco, and ruby red grapefruit, with a creamy texture and a clean and sweet aftertaste.

In the Cup: Bittersweet chocolate, cedar, pipe tobacco, grapefruit, scotch whisky



Details: Co-Op: Junus Family Farms Region: Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia
Varietal: Bourbon, Catimor, Typica
Processing: Wet hulled, sun dried
Harvest: June-December
Altitude: 1,300-1,600m 

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Limited Reserve Rwanda

Background: We have featured coffee from COOPAC as a reserve in the past, and we are happy to be working with our friends and partners at Café Imports to bring this coffee back to Groundwork. COOPAC was one of the first cooperatives in Rwanda to obtain Fair Trade and Organic Certification.

This year’s coffee comes from the Kigeyo Washing Station and offers a very complex cup, typical of great coffees from Rwanda. It has a sparkling acidity akin to hibiscus, mellowing out to a brown sugar-like sweetness and a Darjeeling tea-like clarity and structure, rounded out by notes of cranberry, tamarind, and dry spice.

In the Cup: Sparkling and sweet, with notes of hibiscus, cranberry, tangerine, and Darjeeling  tea.

Co-Op: Kigeyo Washing Station FT
Region: Lake Kivu, Nyamyumba
Varietal: Bourbon
Processing: Fully washed, sun dried on raised beds
Altitude: 1800-2000 meters

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