Karumandi is the the name of the factory that produced this lot, located in north-central Kirinyaga. Contributing farmers are members of the Baragwi Farming Cooperative Society, which operates a collection of 12 washing stations throughout Kirinyaga and has an active membership of almost 12,000 farming families.
Smallholders like those that contribute to Karumandi Factory tend to measure their plots by number of trees rather than acreage, averaging around 250 coffee plants per plot. Many are inter-cropping to improve the biodiversity of the region and the security of their harvest, planting banana, grevillea, and macadamia in addition to coffee. Like most Kenyan growing regions, coffee in Kirinyaga benefits from its equatorial location and two distinct annual rainy seasons, resulting in a main crop in the winter and a fly crop harvested in the summer.
The Joya Grande farm lies high in the mountains of Guatemala’s Huehuetenago Department. Current owner, Austreberto Morel Hidalgo Argueta, is the third generation to farm this privileged land. While he works to preserve the legacy of his grandfather, the first man to farm coffee here, he has added his own improvements. It is telling of the region’s remoteness that the road that leads to the farm was built by Austreberto himself in 1984. The farm is comprised of 52 hectares, 35 of which are planted with Caturra, Bourbon and Catuaí trees.
On average, the trees on the farm, most of which are Caturra, are 20 years old. The pruning system they have adopted is selective, where each plot receives the exact treatment it needs from year to year. Caturra was chosen as it performs very well in the local climate, and every effort is made to ensure that renovation takes place using the very same varieties of coffee. These stringent cultivation practices make sure that the trees are given the very best opportunity to produce the best coffee that they can.
Costa Rica Pastora
Rainier cherry, pear, blackberry
Catuai | La Pastora, Tarrazu | Honey | 1800 masl
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This coffee is grown and processed by Martin Guiterrez and his four brothers. The Guiterrez family started the Montañas del Diamante mill in 1999, which makes them one of the pioneers of the micro-mill movement in Costa Rica. For this lot, they mechanically remove all of the pulp and roughly half of the mucilage. They then dry the parchment on raised beds for approximately 15 days, raking it every few hours.
This coffee brings big, clean strawberry and grape notes to the cup. We have been loving the big, jammy quality of this coffee, both as espresso and filter.
Jorge Medina's farm is named Pedreros and is located in Vereda San Jose, the western neighbor of La Palmera, which you pass through on your way from Pedregal to San Antonio (just after Agua Blanca). He says he has 10k Caturra trees and altitude is around 1750 meters above sea level. Like most folks in the region, he processes his coffee down to dry parchment, and delivers to ASORCAFE, of which he is a longtime member. Going forward, we hope to learn more about his quality control and the work that makes his coffee so good.
The Worka washing station is owned by approximately 300 small-scale farmers. We can thank the stunning altitude (up to 2400 meters above sea level) of this area of Yirgacheffe for the crisp lemon zest acidity that we enjoy in this coffee. This coffee's sparkly, tea-like character is a nice counterpoint to the deep juiciness of Reko.
The Reko washing station started production in 2001. In recent years, they have produced some of the most sought after coffees in all of Ethiopia. The surrounding farms are located at an altitude of around 2000 meters. During harvest, which normally takes place between late October and mid-January, about 850 farmers bring their ripe cherries to the washing station. The coffees are first washed with water from a nearby river, after which they are pulped by an Agard pulping-machine. The mucilage is removed by traditional fermentation, which lasts 36-48 hours depending on the weather conditions. The coffee is then dried on raised African beds, of which over 120 beds are present, for 10-12 days. Reko exemplifies many of our favorite flavors of Yirgacheffee coffee: fresh citrus, floral, and herbal flavors.
vanilla wafer, strawberry, apple butter
Guatemala Joya Grande | La Demoncracia, Huehuetenango | Caturra, Bourbon, Catuaí | Fully-Washed
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Our current Skyline incarnation is composed of coffee from the Joya Grande farm in Huehuetenango. This lot is comprised of washed Caturra, Bourbon, and Catuaí grown at 1500-1700 meters.
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