single origin

January Single Origin by Amanda Jones

This month’s single origin is named after the pioneering Okuyama family. Descendants of Japanese migrants to Brazil, who sought out a better life and career in the southern hemisphere, the Okuyamas turned to coffee, and have been at the forefront of innovation in this significant sector of the Brazilian economy.

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A Journey to Imbabura by Amanda Jones

While Ecuadorian coffee may not have the profile of its more illustrious neighbours, with this month’s single origin we have had our belief in Ecuadorian coffee reconfirmed. This is a country that grows exceptional coffee. There are, however, some barriers to getting coffee from Ecuador to our roaster in Australia, but with some assistance from Caravela Coffee we have been able to ensure the beans make the journey. 

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Cupping With Cofinet by Amanda Jones

Coffee cupping is a unique process whereby coffee is sampled and tasted in a way that the greatest depth and variety of flavours can be discerned. With its traditions and rituals, this process is at the core of the ongoing craft of coffee, one that has never quite formalised itself into a discipline.

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Unlocking the True Potential of Ecuadorian Coffee by Amanda Jones

Hampered by factors ranging from the local to the international, Ecuadorian coffee has not been getting the attention it deserved in the most recent wave of coffee. Despite sharing preeminent conditions for growing with its well-regarded neighbours, Peru and Colombia, Ecuador had fallen off the map. Despite this, the coffee had never gone away, and our December single origin is testament to the work of dedicated farmers who know the value of their product. 

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Tasting the Fruits of December by Kevin Crouse

Located in the Andes, our December single origin comes from a country that despite coffee being one of its primary exports until the 1970s, saw a decline in production through the end of the 20th century. Only now are export again beginning to pick up as specialty traders and roasters return to this country for the subtle, clear flavours of the coffee produced there.

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Charming Costa Rica by Kevin Crouse

Costa Rica, known to some as the Switzerland of Central America, is an exception in almost every aspect, and this makes for exceptional coffee. Lying between Nicaragua and Panama, Costa Rica straddles the Central American isthmus at one of the narrowest points and is buffeted by the winds of the Pacific and the breezes of the Caribbean. Putting it all together and translating that is coffee, the third largest export.

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