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Tasting notes: Overtones of nougat, chocolate and marshmallow. Smooth and light-bodied with low acidity.
Process: Pulped Natural
Brazil - Peaberry
£7.00 - £14.00
Process: Pulped Natural
Altitude: 950 - 1150m
Characteristics: Overtones of nougat, chocolate and marshmallow. Smooth and light-bodied with low acidity.
Generally hailing form the Cabo Verde area in Minas Gerais, the peaberry is a combination from a couple of neighbouring farms. Formed when the bean inside the cherry fails to create two parts, which gives this unique coffee its name. It is often claimed as possessing extra nutrients and therefore performing better in the cup. Grown in an average altitude of 950 meters, a climate with well defined seasons, low humidity and favourable temperatures all combine to make this a smooth and well balanced coffee.
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Rwanda - KCRS
Process: Fully Washed
Characteristics: Notes of peach, orange, apricot and rose.
Washed process in Rwanda typically looks a bit different to that which we understand elsewhere as washed. Fully washed denotes the process of pulping the coffee and allowing a 24 hour dry fermentation period before undergoing more traditional wet fermentation, followed by the typical soaking for 24 hours afterwards, more in line with what you would expect in Kenya.
Cooperative Coffee Rusiga Sector (KCRS) is a Women’s cooperative producing excellent quality speciality coffee. An incredibly diverse crop production happens on these smallholder plots, legumes, beans, sweet potatoes and more can be grown in between the coffee trees. This allows income to be spread over the year as well as producing food for their own consumption. Typically, you’ll find very small family plots cultivating an average of 6 crops. This coffee is produced by women farmers who took over ownership and charge of the land.
Honduras - AMPROCAL
Certificates: Fairtrade, Organic
Characteristics: Notes of chocolate, fudge, pear and butterscotch. Gentle fruit notes lifting a classic rounded coffee.
AMPROCAL is all-female association, founded in 2007 by eight women to strengthen the presence of female producers western Honduras. Originally a microfinance operation, it is now not only a green coffee supplier but they also have their own roastery and coffee shop. They now have over 100 female members, not all growing coffee, and also offer coffee roasting and micro-credit services. They are certified Fairtrade and Organic.
Farmers are provided support from an agronomist to improve the productivity and sustainability of their farms. There is also a focus on environmental conservation, with pulp and honey water being turned into organic fertiliser which they are taught how to correctly prepare and apply to the land. The AMPROCAL office itself is powered by the waste waters from coffee which produce biogas reducing their carbon footprint.
Peru - 'Café Femenino'
Altitude: 1000 - 2050m
Certificates: Rainforest Alliance, Organic
Characteristics: Sweet and nutty flavours with notes of cocoa, maple syrup, pineapple, mild citrus and pomegranate. Good flavour with a smooth, medium body.
While women have always been crucial to coffee production in Peru, men have traditionally held the economic power. In 2004, 464 Peruvian female coffee producers united to change this dynamic and take a step toward empowerment by creating the first 'Café Femenino' co-op. Today over 800 women in six associations are involved in the project. They feel proud to instill in their daughters the expectation that they will grow up not just with equality and independence, but also to become leaders in their community.