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MadCap Coffee Company

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Like an all-star team, this coffee combines distinctive parts to yield an extraordinary whole. Typically, coffee roasters do not participate in separating out coffee lots on the farm. But this is not your typical coffee. MADCAP Coffee Company evaluated nearly 1,000 lots from the Growers of Occicafe. They selected only the 30 best for this clean, multifaceted brew. Our first taste was a wave of cherry juice with a tartness reminiscent of a cherry jolly rancher. That round cherry acidity carries through a cup replete with flavors of almond, brown sugar and golden raisin, a syrupy body, and a sweet, lingering 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
    Growers of Occicafe
  • Origin
    La Plata, Huila, Colombia
  • Varieties
    Caturra, Bourbon
  • Elevation
    1500-1900 meters above sea level
  • Process
    Washed
  • Our Notes
    A round cherry acidity carries through a cup replete with flavors of almond, brown sugar and golden raisin, a syrupy body, and a sweet, lingering finish.

Social Coffee & Tea Co.

Richmond Hill, Ontario

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.

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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
    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.

Four Barrel Coffee

San Francisco, California

For Rwandans, the road to recovery is paved with coffee. Coffee is the nation’s most important crop, but structural problems—like antiquated tools and land erosion—have undermined production. Enter Cotecaga Wet Mill, a collective that united 1,750 smallholder farmers in 2006 to pool resources for processing and export. This year’s harvest shows the true potential of coffee from the region, with an impressive complexity. In the hands of Four Barrel Coffee, the result is juicy lime acidity that complements flavors of toasted walnut and black cherry, a deep, syrupy sweetness, and a soft marzipan 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
    Cotecaga Wet Mill, farmed by 1,750 smallholder farmers
  • Origin
    Macuba, Nyamasheke, Rwanda
  • Varieties
    Bourbon
  • Elevation
    1500-1700 meters above sea level
  • Process
    Washed
  • Our Notes
    Juicy lime acidity complements flavors of toasted walnut and black cherry, a deep, syrupy sweetness, and a soft marzipan finish.