Brazil Sítio São Geraldo
Region: Sul de Minas
Altitude: 2,952 to 3,280 feet
Varietal: Mundo Novo
Process: Natural – Dry Process
General Description: Sítio São Geraldo is located in Sul de Minas, the mountainous southern region of the Minas Gerais state. The oldest and most traditional production region. The finest Arabica coffees of this region produce fruity notes, with pleasant acidity and medium body. Natural Processed coffees, like our Sítio São Geraldo, typically have great body with nutty, sweet, chocolaty notes.
Region: Sal Paolo
Altitude: 3,600 feet
Process: Pulp Natural
: A third of the world’s coffee is grown in Brazil, much of it on farms of the Cerrado, a dry, flat, savannah-like area in Minas Gerais, in the southeastern region of Sao Paulo. As Brazil leads the way in the global coffee market, Daterra Estate is a leader in its own right, in research and sustainability as well as production. Daterra has developed sophisticated systems, incorporating specially-developed software and equipment to methodically select excellent beans at each step of the process, from planting to harvesting to sorting and shipping and beyond. Over 5,000 acres of the estate has been transformed into a wildlife preserve, home to jaguars, giant anteaters, macaws and owls. Workers and their families are provided with homes, education and healthcare, and these responsible standards have greatly improved the lives of the coffee farming community. Learn more…
Colombia Santa Barbara
Altitude: 5,280 feet
: Santa Barbara Estate is located in the southwest section of the Department of Antioquia in northwest Colombia. This estate is described as integrated, which means that all stages of the production happen there and are carefully tracked by the farmers and workers, from producing seedlings through to harvesting and processing. Santa Barbara has expanded gradually, establishing a healthy and sustainable balance between sophisticated production and artisanal integrity. The near-constant temperature in the region (generally around 75-80°F year round), high altitude (5,280 feet above sea level) and the nutrient-rich volcanic soil are ideal for growing the Castillo varietal of Arabica, a flavorful hybrid of the Caturra and Timor trees. Learn more…
Costa Rica Naranjo
Country: Costa Rica
Region: Naranjo, in the West Valley region
Varietal: Caturra, Catuai, Bourbon
Process: Wet processed, Sun-dried
: Founded around 1960, CooproNaranjo is a cooperative of coffee growers in the Costa Rican county of Naranjo. Its early aims were to pool efforts for coffee processing and, as part of this objective, purchase a mill to share among members. The cooperative has gone on to implement comprehensive measures to improve coffee quality and production. In addition to educating its members about sustainable farming practices and providing technical agricultural assistance, CooproNarajo helps small farmers to obtain Rainforest Alliance certification. Our Naranjo beans come from four farms in the West Valley region that have obtained this certification. The cooperative encourages its members and the farming community to observe more sustainable production methods and to eschew agrochemicals in favor of vermicompost. Learn more…
Altitude: 3,500-4,500 feet
Varietal: Bourbon, Typica and Mundo Novo
Process: Washed, Sun-dried
: Our Guatemala Antigua is grown in rolling volcanic foothills around 3,500 – 4,500 feet above sea level. The microclimate is tropical and humid, and combined with rich clay-like soils, provides the ideal conditions for a range of varietals such as Bourbon, Typica and Mundo Novo. The farm also cultivates cardamom, macadamia nuts, plantain and banana, the latter of which is used as a shade crop for the coffee bushes. However, much of the farm is also dedicated to a forestry preserve, where rare indigenous trees are maintained, providing a protected environment for wildlife and helping to prevent soil erosion on the steeper slopes. Learn more…
El Salvador Altamira
Country: El Salvador
Region: Sonsonate, western El Salvador
Altitude: 4,000 feet
Varietal: Catuai, Bourbon, Pacamara
Process: Bourbon, Pacas, Catuai, Caturra
General Description: Once known for its chocolate production, the region of Sonsonate (“place of many waters”) is a largely agricultural area with rich volcanic soil. Coffee beans from this area have earned the SHG (strictly high grown) designation, with farms being at least 4,000 feet above sea level. This Rainforest Alliance-certified coffee produces a round, full-bodied cup with mild to medium acidity and sweetness.
Varietal: Bourbon, Caturra, Mundo Novo, Maragogype
: Mexico’s diverse geography, from the soaring altitudes of the country’s four mountain ranges to the beautiful coastal regions along the Pacific, supports diverse farming practices and a broad variety of crops. Chiapas is the country’s southernmost state, home to the Sierra Madre de Chiapas Mountain range. To its west are the coffee growing regions of Oaxaca and Vera Cruz, but it is the beans of Guatemala’s Huehuetenango region, directly to the east, with which Chiapas coffee shares so much character. Farmers in Chiapas have begun a transition back to organic farming techniques as a way to achieve self-sufficiency and to create sustainability for their communities. The continued development of a network of Fair Trade farmers’ cooperatives is helping local people slowly improve their quality of life. Learn more…
Altitude: 3600-3900 feet
Process: Washed, Sun Dried
: Gold Mountain Coffee Growers plantation, on the hillsides of Matagalpa, is a small community dedicated to the production of incredibly high quality coffee with an emphasis on self sufficiency and ecological sustainability. The name comes from an age-old nickname; local people refer to this particular mountainside as La Zona del Oro, or the zone of gold. Interspersed throughout the plantation are community garden plots growing cabbage, passion fruit, bananas and other produce for consumption by the workers and their families. The estate produces its own seedlings and, when they are sufficiently mature, transfers the young plants to the rich, volcanic hillside soils beneath the shade of banana trees. Learn more…
Altitude: 900 – 2,000 meters
Varietal: Typica, Caturra, Pache, Mondo Novo, Bourbon, Catuai and Catimor
Process: Wet processed, Sun Dried
: Cooperativa de Servicios Multiples Sol y Café Ltda (Coop Sol y Café) was established in March of 2008 to unite over 1,000 farmers, including rice and cacao producers. The co-op was formed to collectively make agronomic and economic decisions, to construct new, creative marketing tactics, to protect the environment, and to help the communities and the families develop and progress. The members of Coop Sol y Café continue to work towards sustainable development for the future. The group is both Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance certified and a quarter of their social premiums are dedicated to improving production and protecting the environment. Learn More…
Altitude: 3600-4800 feet
Varietal: Typica, Catimor, and Bourbon
: The central Indonesian island of Bali has a largely volcanic terrain with several mountains peaking over 3,000 meters in elevation. The island’s volcanic landscape contributes to its excellent fertility, and its towering mountain ranges encourage the high rainfall that supports a highly productive agricultural sector. The Kintamani highlands sit atop a large volcanic plateau between 3,600 – 4,800 feet in altitude. Coffee tree varieties include a high percentage of Bourbon and Typica, along with essential shade trees such as Erythrina, Albizia, Tangerine and Orange. The use of pesticides is prohibited on Bali and all fertilizers are 100% organic, usually cow or pig manure produced on each individual farm. Learn more…
Sumatra Permata Gayo
Country: Sumatra, Indonesia
Region: Gayo, Aceh
Altitude: 5,800-6,600 feet
Varietal: Mandheling Typica, Bourbon, Catimor, Timon hybrid Process: Wet-hulled
: The Permata Gayo cooperative was formed in 2006 by 50 coffee farmers throughout the Aceh region of Sumatra. The purpose was to focus on organic farming, which would not only benefit the well-being of their communities, but also raise valuable premiums to rebuild areas damaged by civil war and natural disasters. In 2007, the cooperative earned organic certification from the USDA and in 2008 became Fairtrade certified. Today, Permata Gayo has over 2,500 members and uses Fair Trade premiums to purchase agricultural tools and invest in soil conservation. Learn more…
Altitude: 5,200 feet
Varietal: Heirloom Ethiopian Arabica
:The Amaro Mountains are a small range separating the communities of Amaro on the eastern slopes from Nechisar National Park and the lowland tribal areas of Arba Minch in southwest Ethiopia. Native to the region, Asnakech Thomas returned to Ethiopia in 2005 to focus on improving coffee quality and living conditions for the community. Learn more…
Altitude: 6,600 feet
Varietal: Wild Ethiopian Heirloom Arabica
: A superb example of a berry-tinged Ethiopian natural, Aleta Wondo is processed by the Sidama Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (S.C.F.C.U.) and grown by farmers at Aleta Wondo. This coffee is both Fair Trade and organic certified. BRC is donating 50 cents for every roasted pound of this coffee to improve living conditions and health care access in the town of Aleta Wondo. Since 2007, they have constructed a schoolhouse, community center and planted 1200 trees in the area. Learn more…
Ethiopian Yirge Cheffe
Region: Gedeo, Sidamo
Altitude: 3280-4920 feet
Varietal: Heirloom Ethiopian Arabica
Process: Wet Processed
Yirgacheffe coffee is wet processed, and is considered one of the premium, cleanest-cupping Ethiopian coffees. Beans are hand-picked to ensure full ripeness, a huge benefit when cherries are fermented and washed of their pulp. The smallholders belong to the Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union, established in 1999 to facilitate the direct export of coffee produced by small farmers. The Union also ensures that Fairtrade premiums are directed towards community development; since 1999 they have overseen the construction of 11 primary schools, 3 secondary schools, a library and kindergarten, as well as further medical, office and agroindustrial infrastructure. Learn more…
Region: Aberdares ranges of Mount Kenya
Altitude: 5,000 feet
Varietal: SL28, SL34
Process: Washed, sun-dried
General Description: The Kimunye Farmers Estate has been producing coffee since the 1950s. It uses banana and hardwood trees to provide a natural canopy for its coffee trees, which grow in volcanic red loam soil. Beans are fully washed and dried on elevated rolling patios by the sun. Enjoy the plum, pear and wine-like notes of this special single origin.
Region: Rulindo, Northern Province
Altitude: 5,800 feet
Process: Washed, sun-dried
General Description: Rwanda was left devastated by the 1994 genocide that killed 800,000 people and forced two million to flee. From 2001-2006, a USAID project called PEARL (Partnership to Enhance Agriculture in Rwanda through Linkages) invested more than $10 million to help producers improve coffee quality by financing washing stations and offering technical assistance. Our fully washed Rwanda boasts a silky body, lemon acidity and notes of pineapple and dark chocolate.
Altitude: 5600 feet
Varietal: Bourbon and Kent
: Established by the Italian Count Vittorio Davico in 1931, the Mondul Coffee Estate continued to thrive under the direction of the Davico family for over seventy-five years. Coveted for its high elevation in the mountains above Monduli Town, in the greater Arusha region of northeastern Tanzania, the estate was recently purchased by the owner of Burka Estates, the largest coffee operation in Tanzania. The farm and mill are managed by Kenyan Hugh Johansen, who is making great strides to expand cultivation. Learn more…
General Description: An “always under construction,” frequently-tweaked blend of our best Guatemalan beans and Brazilian Sweet Yellow Bourbon, the BQE is a perfect espresso coffee. A strong roasted aroma with smoky, milk chocolate notes and a thick, nutty finish. Nice for a midday kick.
General Description: Our “chocolate covered strawberry” Indonesian island blend has to be tasted to be believed. Sumatran Gayo Mountain beans are carefully roasted in two separate batches to two different finish temperatures, before being added to the strawberry-fruity Kintamani natural processed beans from the island of Bali. A great pairing with steamed milk.
General Description: Our Iris Espresso is a sweet, spicy, extremely well-balanced blend of three distinctive beans – Peru High Grown Anders, Sumatra Permata Gayo, and our new Ethiopian Sidamo Aleta Wondo – roasted together in small batches. Very barista-friendly, this coffee is soft and creamy, with a deep russet crema and chocolate-berry flavor and finish. Also delicious in a presspot or pourover. A worthy complement to most desserts.
: We roast our organic, Fair Trade Sumatra Permata Gayo beans to two different temperatures before blending them back together to create this distinctive, complex single origin espresso. Sumatran coffees are popular for their enhanced body and earthy, chocolatey character. To learn more about our Sumatra Permata Gayo, view the coffee’s description.
General Description: Bold and balanced, this distinctive coffee made of Peru High Grown Andes, Sumatra Permata Gayo and Ethiopia Sidamo Aleta Wondo is a warming and spicy blend that has lingering caramel and cocoa-tinged finish.
General Description: Eye-popping! A rich blend of Colombian, Brazilian and El Salvadorian beans with subtle spice and prominent notes of blood orange and roasted walnut. Comes with 3D glasses, while supplies last!
General Description: In May 2012, we developed our Bespoke blend as an homage to the virtuous vélo and in recognition of National Bike Month. A balanced combination of bright, lemony Guatemala Antigua and rich, buttery Colombian Santa Barbara beans, this blend was created with the NYC Bike Ambassadors as our inspiration. Both the Finca Ceylan and Santa Barbara estates are acknowledged for their commitment to sustainability and environmental awareness – something we cyclists are conscious of too.
General Description: The Mocha Java blends dates from the 18th century, at a time when Europeans had a fairly limited menu of coffees to choose from. Mocha, “the world’s original commercial coffee”, is named after the Yemeni port of Mokha, or al-Mukhā, where beans from across Eastern Africa were traded and exported. At that time Yemen controlled most of the trade moving between the Arab world and the Indian Ocean, and also received beans from Java, an Indonesian island recently colonized by the Dutch, who had introduced coffee cultivation. Inevitably, these two coffees came together to form the world’s first blend. BRC’s twist on this centuries-old classic combines a dark-roasted bean from Sumatra, a little further north along the Indonesian archipelago, with a washed heirloom Arabica from the mountains of Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee.
Region: Southwestern Rainforest
Altitude: 5,085 – 7,217 Feet
Varietal: Typica and Ethiopian Heirloom
Decaffeination: Water Processed
General Description: Founded in 1999, the Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (OCFCU) is now the largest fair trade coffee producer in Ethiopia. The co-op has approximately 23,691 members from 35 different Ethiopian coops who have come together with a common goal—exporting their coffee directly to specialty markets. The members of the cooperative use the revenue from the fair trade sales in the US and Europe to continue their commitment to organic production. This would include the purchase and repair of equipment, hosting workshops on composting and natural fertilizers and lessening their dependence on imported foods. Our Ethiopian Decaf is naturally processed in the exact same way the OFCFCU’s caffeinated Oromia Sidamo before being decaffeinated, which translate to a truly flavorful single origin Ethiopian taste experience.
Region: Chanchamayo Valley
Altitude: 3900-5700 feet
Varietal: Typica, Bourbon, Pache, Caturra, Catimor
Process: Washed, Sun Dried
Decaffeination: Water Processed
: La Florida coffee cooperative was founded in 1966 in Peruʼs Chanchamayo Valley region. Initially the cooperative consisted of 100 farmers who hoped to collaborate and market their coffee at better prices, improving the system of commercialization and shortening the chain between local and national markets. Just a few years later, 1900 farming families were working together through La Florida, representing 36 communal groups including Peruvian Sierra colonies and indigenous communities of the valleys of Yurinaki, Ubiriki, Perene and the central upper Peruvian jungle. Over the past few decades, the group has become Fair Trade, UTZ and organic certified. Learn more…