February 2013 Tasting Box

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Bows & Arrows Coffee Roasters

Victoria, British Columbia

Sometimes we all need a little help from our friends. The question is - will you make it count? The 2,000 smallholder farmers working at the Dukunde Kawa Mill sure did. International agencies provided assistance to this group of 80% women farmers after the Rwandan war of the 1990’s. What we love is what they’ve done with it. Today, their community provides both health care and education to its members. But this isn’t just a feel good story--they’re also producing award-winning coffee that made us take notice. In this roast from Bows & Arrows, we savored the syrupy body and the rootbeer-like spices, from vanilla and nutmeg to cinnamon, citrus and clove.

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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
    Dukunde Kawa Mill, farmed by 2,000 smallholder farmers
  • Origin
    Musasa, Gakenke, Rwanda
  • Varieties
    Bourbon
  • Elevation
    1800-2000 meters above sea level
  • Process
    Washed
  • Our Notes
    Aromas of warm baking spices lead into an elegant and syrupy cup with the spicy sweet flavors of a classic root beer. Hints of citrus and cherry accent this comforting coffee.

PT's Coffee Roasting Co.

Topeka, Kansas

PT’s Coffee Roasting Co. doesn’t just pick the coffees they want — they pick the people who harvest the beans. The roaster describes Sergio Ticas, the owner of Finca Los Planes, as a close friend, and a man who has a passion for his land, his people and his coffee. On a recent trip to the farm, PT’s worked with Sergio to select only the most skilled coffee pickers to harvest this special lot. Those elite hands selected the ripest, reddest coffee cherries, which yield this rich, buttery cup that gently unfolds into flavors of cocoa and butterscotch. Lingering notes of pecan and raspberry fade into a bright, clean finish.

Buy This Coffee

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
    Finca Los Planes, farmed by Sergio & Isabel Ticas
  • Origin
    Chalatenango, El Salvador
  • Varieties
    Pacamara
  • Elevation
    1600 meters above sea level
  • Process
    Washed
  • Our Notes
    This rich, buttery cup gently unfolds into flavors of cocoa and butterscotch. Lingering notes of pecan and raspberry fade into a bright, clean finish.

Sightglass Coffee

San Francisco, California

This one is dangerous. In the remote mountains of Colombia, the land is beautiful, and perfect for growing coffee. But this hard-to-reach area is also one of the last strongholds of the FARC paramilitary group that still skirmishes with the Colombian army. So Sightglass Coffee was thrilled when security concerns lessened and the ASOCEAS Cooperative, which works to connect coffee buyers to the region’s farmers, OK’d a visit to local farms last year. The result is this special lot, combining beans from 12 different farmers. The sweet, balanced cup opens with aromas of almonds and spice. Its delicate body is highlighted by notes of tart apple and hints of cinnamon.

Buy This Coffee

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
    ASOCEAS Cooperative, farmed by 12 smallholder farmers
  • Origin
    Herrera, Tolima, Colombia
  • Varieties
    Caturra, Typica
  • Elevation
    1500-1900 meters above sea level
  • Process
    Washed
  • Our Notes
    This sweet, balanced cup opens with aromas of almonds and spice. Its delicate body is highlighted by notes of tart apple and hints of cinnamon.