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Highwire Coffee Roasters

Oakland, California

Usually, the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX) would prevent single-source Ethiopian coffees (such as the exquisite batch you hold in your hands) from ever seeing the light of day. But this ain't no usual coffee. This shimmering Yirgacheffe was just so singular, so colorful, so freakin' tasty, that it's exporters found a way to deliver it straight to you. And you'll be glad they did, because these beans have been hand-selected to be far higher quality than could ever be bought on the ECX. This bright, iridescent coffee opens with floral aromas that introduce candy-like layers of sugar and brulee'd lemon, accented with notes of bergamot and black tea.

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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.

  • Producer
    Keffa Cooperative
  • Origin
    Yirgacheffe, Ethopia
  • Varieties
    Heirloom (Ethiopian)
  • Elevation
    1900-2300 meters above sea level
  • Process
    Washed
  • Our Notes
    Floral aromas lead into candy-like layers of sugar and lemon, accented with notes of bergamot and black tea.

Dogwood Coffee Co.

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Mom was right – cleanliness is next to godliness. And that's the attitude at PT Toarco Jaya. Most Indonesian beans are allowed to ferment with their sugary pulp intact, a process that leads to rich, complex flavors. Still, it's often difficult to eliminate another distinct taste – dirt. But these beans keep it clean, prepared with all pulp (and dirt) washed off. The result made our taste buds jump for joy – finally, a distinctly Indonesian coffee without that distinctly Indonesian aftertaste. Expertly roasted by Dogwood Coffee, this luscious, herbaceous brew compliments its round body with earthy notes of lemon, plum, and spice that finish fresh and clean.

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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.

  • Producer
    PT Toarco Jaya
  • Origin
    Tana Toraja, Sulawesi, Indonesia
  • Varieties
    Typica
  • Elevation
    1200-1900 meters above sea level
  • Process
    Washed
  • Our Notes
    A luscious, round body is highlighted by earthy notes of lemon, plum, spices and herbs.

Deeper Roots Coffee Roasters

Cincinnati, Ohio

Colombia's coastal mountains are rich with indigenous culture. And thanks to Productores Agroecologicos Santa Marta y Perija (ANEI), these cultures have been rescued from near extinction. Since 1995, ANEI has brought 600 indigenous families into a sustainable farming cooperative. Together, they've revitalized the local economy and helped foster traditional culture in everyday life, with more and more members returning to traditional garb, language, and ceremonial practice. They've also made a damn good coffee, with a sweet opening of turbinado sugar that discovers a candied orange acidity tinged with honeydew, then finishes sweet as strawberry jam.

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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.

  • Producer
    Productores Agroecologicos Santa Marta y Perija, farmed by 600 smallholder farmers
  • Origin
    Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Perija, Colombia
  • Varieties
    Caturra, Colombia
  • Elevation
    1100-1700 meters above sea level
  • Process
    Washed
  • Our Notes
    This lovely coffee opens with the sweetness of turbinado sugar. Notes of honeydew balance a round, candied orange acidity. It finishes sweet like strawberry preserves.