George Howell Coffee Company

Featured in March 2014 Box

This is perhaps the finest Ethiopian coffee we have ever been privileged to offer. The cup continuously evolves and develops ever more tongue-coating body as it cools, all the while delivering pure elegance and delicate sweet fruit-tinged floral effusions. A subtle, refined, complex coffee! Deri Kochoha is a privately owned wet mill that pays local small coffee growers competitive prices for their cherry. The fruit is pulped, fermented under water for approximately 72 hours, soaked in very clean water for another 12 hours and then finally dried on traditional raised beds. Once dried this coffee was sorted with particular care, and is graded appropriately as Grade 1 - quite rare. -George Howell Coffee Company

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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

    George Howell Coffee Company
    Acton Massachussets
  • Producer

    Deri Kochoha
  • Origin

    Sidama, Ethiopia
  • Varieties

    Heirloom
  • Elevation

    1,800-2,000 meters above sea level
  • Process

    Washed
  • Our Notes

    Delicate and refined aromas of peach nectar and honey bloom into apricot and oolong tea flavors, with bright lemon zest acidity and a lingering golden toast finish.

Featured in November 2013 Box

This month we’re excited to feature George Howell Coffee, a roaster who hardly requires an introduction. Founded in 2004, George Howell Coffee has become synonymous with high-quality coffees and the passionate people behind them. This month we are thrilled to bring you this Massachusetts based crew’s Kenya Mamuto. Howell first discovered this exceptional coffee during a purchasing trip to Kenya in 2005, where he scooped up the entire lot at auction. He was so pleased with the results that he forged an exclusive relationship the following year with the Mathagu family, who own and operate the Mamuto estate. For more than 40 years Walter Paul and Muthoni Mathagu have managed a 21-acre farm in the gently rolling hills of Kenya’s Kirinyaga region, just south of Mount Kenya. Climbing over 5,000 meters into the sky, the now-extinct volcano has blessed the surrounding areas with fertile red-orange soil that’s home to some of the most exceptional and expensive coffees in the world. A true family affair, the estate is now in its second generation of ownership under Patrick Mathagu and the farm’s name serves as a symbol of their commitment to keeping the operation in the family. The first two letters of the names Mathagu and Muthoni combine with the first two letters of the word “toto” - Swahili for children - to represent the past, present, and future of their estate.

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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

    George Howell Coffee Company
    Acton Massachussets
  • Producer

    Mamuto farmed by Walter Paul and Muthoni Mathagu
  • Origin

    Kirinyaga, Kenya
  • Varieties

    SL-28, SL-34
  • Elevation

    1,545 meters above sea level
  • Process

    Washed
  • Our Notes

    Aromas of grapefruit and dark honey pave the way for a cup that's both intensely fruity and intensely savory, with bright tamarind and cherry balanced against deep, lingering flavors of oolong and buttered toast.