If there’s a coffee heaven, Huila, Colombia and Seattle, Washington are probably both in the running. This coffee pairs the two for a delicious collaboration that wins universal praise from our expert panel. These Caturra beans were grown by a group of 92 smallholder farmers who cultivate their coffee in rich volcanic soil along the steep hills of the Colombian Andes. But quality alone might not be enough to qualify as heaven, so let’s talk good deeds. Caffe Ladro sourced this coffee through an ethical approach that guarantees transparency. That means when premium prices are paid, most of the money ends up in the farmers’ pockets. So you’re helping them invest in quality of coffee and quality of life. Coffee heaven indeed.
If late-summer heat has you thirsting for a sweet and crisp glass of iced coffee, these beans from Seattle’s Caffe Ladro are just the thing for you. When served on ice, this mysterious Java Nica variety has the bright, refreshing acidity and tea-like qualities of an Arnold Palmer. Although this plant was found and cultivated by the Mierisch Family in Jinotega, Nicaragua, its flavors are reminiscent of a clean, washed Yirgacheffe, Ethiopian coffee. Delicate and smooth orange blossom aromas lead into a soft white peach acidity and sweetness. Smooth drying and clean, its sweet finish leaves your palate well prepared for another sip.