Coffee Reviews
Barefoot Coffee Roasters // Kenya Kiamabara Peaberry

Barefoot Coffee Roasters // Kenya Kiamabara Peaberry

Along the southern slopes of Mount Kenya, a cooperative society named Rung’eto runs three factories: Kii, Karimikui, and Kiangoi. These three factories are known across the world as being stellar producers of some of the best coffees coming out of any country, not just Kenya. Rung’eto was created in 1953 and has given us these three high yield...
Venia Coffee Roasters // Ethiopia Danch Meng

Venia Coffee Roasters // Ethiopia Danch Meng

“Danch Meng” translates to “perfect approach” in Amharic, the official language of Ethiopia. Since 2009, the folks at Ninety Plus Coffee in making available truly revolutionary quality dry process Ethiopias. Beloya, Tchembe and Nekisse are some of the distinguished coffees we’ve been able to feature over this period, and these are now joined by our...
Venia Coffee Roasters // Guatemala Flor del Cafe Prenda Linda

Venia Coffee Roasters // Guatemala Flor del Cafe Prenda Linda

Huehuetenango is an adventure. It takes about 6 hours by car to get there, but if the roads were straight and free of túmulos (the local term for speed-bumps) it would take a mere 3 hours. Huehuetenango is in the highlands of Northwestern Guatemala, the expanses are considerably more barren than most of the fertile, tropical country....
Radio Roasters // Brazil Minas Gerais Patrocinio Microlot

Radio Roasters // Brazil Minas Gerais Patrocinio Microlot

This microlot is from the Delarisse family, who own and operatte Fazenda Chapadao de Ferro. Their family run farm is located in the Patrocinio area of Minas Gerais, an area known for regular annual rainfall, rich volcanic soil, and plentiful irrigation from a rather large network of streams. Fazenda Chapadao de Ferro sits at around...
Radio Roasters // Ethiopia Chelelektu

Radio Roasters // Ethiopia Chelelektu

Buying from Ethiopia continues to be a challenge. The cupping table always shows some amazing coffees; however, buying through the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange continues to be difficult it you require some traceability or back story with the coffees. You have to become a detective. Good job I’m becoming quite good at spotting the clues. This...
Irving Farm Coffee Roasters // Brazil Daterra Monte Cristo

Irving Farm Coffee Roasters // Brazil Daterra Monte Cristo

Today’s coffee comes from the world-renowned Daterra Estate in Brazil. No, unfortunately Daterra Estate is no small family operation, a narrative we like to hear as the source of our coffee. But many importers will tell you that if they have to buy from a bigger farm, Daterra will always be the exception. Here you have...
Sightglass Coffee // Guatemala Cubito, Carlos Olivero

Sightglass Coffee // Guatemala Cubito, Carlos Olivero

Finca Potrero has been in the Herrera family for four generations, spanning more than 100 years. Three brothers and one sister now own and operate the original estate, which has been divided into four parcels. Carlos Olivero named his parcel “Cubito” after a famous natural spring on the property. Cubito is planted out with Bourbon...
Kickapoo Coffee // Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Reko

Kickapoo Coffee // Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Reko

Named for the Reko washing station which started production in 2001 and is located in Kochere, Yirgacheffe. Kochere is the Westernmost part of Yirgacheffe and boasts some of the highest elevations in the region. This particular lot was grown at a staggering 1850-2100 meters. During harvest, which took place between late October and mid-January, about...