Social Coffee & Tea Co.

Featured in June 2013 Box

This is our second aromatic Ethiopian gem from Ontario’s Social Coffee & Tea. Aromas of flowers and fruit waft from your cup, and that’s just how owner Steve Souphanthong likes it. On his last trip to Ethiopia in February 2012, Steve made some friends who know how to source the good stuff at the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX), the market where most Ethiopian coffees are now tasted, graded and sold. The downside of the ECX is that lots of coffee get blended together and distinctive lots get lost in the mix. But it looks like Steve’s relationships were built to last because he’s done it again. From the very first sip, we were sold on this cup’s sugary foundation of blueberry, lychee and jasmine that pops with high notes of citrus acidity.

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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

    Social Coffee & Tea Co.
    Richmond Hill Ontario
  • Producer

    Ethiopia Commodity Exchange
  • Origin

    Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia
  • Varieties

    Heirloom (Ethiopian)
  • Elevation

    1,850-2,100 meters above sea level
  • Process

    Washed
  • Our Notes

    From the first sip, this is a bright bouquet of flowers and fruit. The light body lays a sugary foundation of blueberry, lychee and jasmine, and then it pops with high notes of salted lime and grapefruit acidity. It finishes tart and sweet, like a natural lemon soda.

Featured in January 2013 Box

How far would you go for a great cup of coffee? Social Coffee & Tea Company would break the law—and they did. The Ethiopia Commodity Exchange forbids exporters from isolating specific beans. But this heirloom coffee was so lively, the exporter wanted it to shine on its own. So it was carefully isolated in an “inside job”, and whisked away from the crowd. If you’re feeling a little edgy this morning, now you know why. Aromas of butterscotch and jasmine perfume a cup that leads with a playful lemonade acidity, opens into a deep sweetness like apricot jam and finishes with notes of toasted coconut.

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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

    Social Coffee & Tea Co.
    Richmond Hill Ontario
  • Producer

    Ethiopia Commodity Exchange
  • Origin

    Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia
  • Varieties

    Heirloom Ethiopian
  • Elevation

    1850-2100 meters above sea level
  • Process

    Washed
  • Our Notes

    Aromas of butterscotch and jasmine perfume a cup that leads with a playful lemonade acidity, opens into a deep sweetness like apricot jam and finishes with notes of toasted coconut.

Featured in June 2012 Box

These beans are proof that even a simple morning cup of coffee can be a rewarding social experience. Social Coffee & Tea Co. in Ontario, Canada, values their coffee as a social process from start to finish – from the mindful, cooperative way it is produced to the egalitarian way it is enjoyed. It’s fitting then that this cup contains a party of three different varieties from a number of small farms in Paez, Colombia. The combination makes for a soft raspberry syrup flavor that transitions into a round and complex cup with a dark chocolate finish.

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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

    Social Coffee & Tea Co.
    Richmond Hill Ontario
  • Producer

    Various small-holders
  • Origin

    Paez, Colombia
  • Varieties

    Caturra, Typica, Castillo
  • Elevation

    1,780 - 2,000 meters above sea level
  • Process

    Fully washed and sun dried
  • Our Notes

    Soft raspberry syrup opens into a round and complex cup with a dark chocolate finish.