Coava Coffee Roasters

Featured in March 2013 Box

Direct trade doesn't just mean better coffee. It means a better life for independent farmers. Under the mixed-batch system, David Mancia, who only produces 25 bags of his premium coffee, would get lost in the mix. Thankfully, Coava Coffee Roasters has given David's beans a chance to shine on their own. Their direct-trade partnership has helped David expand his farm, produce higher quality coffee, and, best of all, buy the home he shares with his family. It's also delivered into your hands a cup as decadent as stone-fruit cobbler – a warm base of buttery crust opens into a brightness of lemon and nectarine, perfect after a good long meal. Here's to you, David.

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We feature truly small-batch, seasonal coffees. So there might not be any left. But that's a good thing! Only big corporate factories have the same stuff all year round.

  • Roaster

    Coava Coffee Roasters
    Portland Oregon
  • Producer

    David Mancia
  • Origin

    Santa Bárbara, Honduras
  • Varieties

    Pacas, Catimor
  • Elevation

    1600-1650 meters above sea level
  • Process

    Washed
  • Our Notes

    This heavy-bodied cup reminds us of stone-fruit cobbler. A warm base of buttery crust is balanced by bright nectarine acidity with a squeeze of lemon juice.

Featured in October 2012 Box

What happens when you let a fantastic coffee crop ferment for one day in wooden boxes covered with banana leaves? As the Xeucalvitz Community in Guatemala would tell you, this cleverly improvised mode of fermentation creates a unique variation in sugar content from bean to bean. That complexity further comes to life in the skilled hands of Portland, Oregon’s Coava Coffee Roasters, where each bean in the batch develops differently as it roasts. You’ll taste a refreshingly delicate Guatemalan coffee with a sweet, clean body that is anchored on the low end by tannic black tea and highlighted with a juicy limeade acidity.

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  • Roaster

    Coava Coffee Roasters
    Portland Oregon
  • Producer

    Xeucalvitz Community
  • Origin

    El Quiche, Guatemala
  • Varieties

    Bourbon and Typica
  • Elevation

    1400-1600 meters above sea level
  • Process

    Dry ferment/pulped natural
  • Our Notes

    A refreshingly delicate Guatemalan coffee with a sweet, clean body that is anchored on the low end by tannic black tea and highlighted with a juicy limeade acidity.

Featured in May 2011 Box

This is a gateway coffee. A coffee that makes things click. The first coffee that blew our minds. Utterly distinctive, Ethiopian coffees like this classic Yirgacheffe from the village of Chalalacktu in the Kochere region are easy to fall in love with. Which is why this coffee, an heirloom varietal grown at an elevation of 1850-2000 meters that’s washed and sun-dried is hotly demanded--the coffee from this area makes up 30 percent of all the coffee exported from Yirgacheffe. What makes this coffee so singular? The body is delicate, almost like Earl Grey tea, while notes of lemon and bergamot linger throughout. Roasted by wunderkind Coava Coffee Roasters in Portland, this is the beautiful kind of coffee that’s amazingly typical for this stunningly innovative coffee company--even as it’s changing the way people brew coffee with clever gadgets like the Kone and AeroPress Disk.

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We feature truly small-batch, seasonal coffees. So there might not be any left. But that's a good thing! Only big corporate factories have the same stuff all year round.

  • Roaster

    Coava Coffee Roasters
    Portland Oregon
  • Producer

    Kochere District
  • Origin

    Chalalacktu, Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia
  • Varieties

    Heirloom (Ethiopian)
  • Elevation

    1,850-2,000 meters above sea level
  • Process

    Washed
  • Our Notes

    The body is delicate, almost like Earl Grey tea, with notes of lemon and bergamot lingering throughout.