Social Coffee & Tea Company

Roaster
Social Coffee & Tea Company
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.

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.

Roaster
Social Coffee & Tea Company
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.

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.

Roaster
Social Coffee & Tea Company
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.

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.