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Olympia Coffee Roasting Co.

Olympia, Washington

The family that makes coffee together… makes great coffee. Case in point: Finca Santa Marta. At this small farm in Espameyate, Colombia, producer Pablo Zuniga (featured in our Producer Spotlight on the reverse) his eldest son and nephew toil tirelessly to create an outstanding brew. They do it all: planting, harvesting, processing and drying (with a parabolic dryer, perfect for the rainy Huila region), using sustainable practices throughout, hence Rainforest Alliance certification. As for roasting, Olympia Coffee Roasting Co ensures that this family recipe delights your palate: juicy raspberry acidity and a gentle, round sweetness segue into a creamy body and flavors of vanilla and nougat.

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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
    Finca Santa Marta, farmed by Pablo Zuniga
  • Origin
    Espameyate, La Plata, Huila, Colombia
  • Varieties
    Caturra, Castillo
  • Elevation
    1,700 meters above sea level
  • Process
    Washed and dried in a parabolic dryer
  • Our Notes
    Juicy raspberry acidity and a gentle, round sweetness segue into a creamy body and flavors of vanilla and nougat.

OQ Coffee Co.

New Brunswick, New Jersey

Often the name says it all. Producer Luis Alberto Balladarez Moncada’s farm – Un Regalo de Dios – translates to “a gift from God” and no matter what your spiritual beliefs, you’ll surely treasure this offering from Nicaragua‘s Mozonte region. Of course, such a gift hasn’t gone unnoticed; in 2010 it was voted best Nicaraguan coffee and placed 3rd in the Cup of Excellence. With humanity and social commitment at the heart of their operation, Luis’s team donated all the winnings to the community. OQ Coffee Co does its part as well, roasting you a lively and dynamic coffee with a juicy nectarine acidity, a syrupy, malty center and lingering flavors of cantaloupe and nougat.

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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
    Finca Un Regalo de Dios, farmed by Luis Alberto Balladarez Moncada
  • Origin
    Mozonte Region, Nicaragua
  • Varieties
    Maragogype
  • Elevation
    1,300 to 1,700 meters above sea level
  • Process
    Washed
  • Our Notes
    A lively and dynamic coffee, with a juicy nectarine acidity, a syrupy, malty center and lingering flavors of cantaloupe and nougat.

Klatch Coffee

Upland, California

Perhaps the only thing better than coffee that tastes good is coffee that does good. At Las Mercedes farm in Cerro El Tigre, El Salvador, producer Ortiz Barriere cares as much about his coffee as he does about his community, providing clothing, food and health care to those in need, and nurturing the land and wildlife. In addition to Rainforest Alliance certification, roaster Klatch Coffee’s direct trade contract commits 25 cents of each pound to fund community programs and Los Ortiz medical clinic. It truly feels like a sip in the right direction: sparkling lemon acidity leads into deep, round flavors of cider and caramel, delicate hints of anise and a sweet, clean 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.

  • Producer
    Las Mercedes, farmed by Ortiz Barriere
  • Origin
    Cerro El Tigre, El Salvador
  • Varieties
    Bourbon
  • Elevation
    1,560 meters above sea level
  • Process
    Washed
  • Our Notes
    A sparkling lemon acidity leads into deep, round flavors of cider and caramel, delicate hints of anise and a sweet, clean finish.