Africa
Single Speed Coffee // Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Gedeo

Single Speed Coffee // Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Gedeo

At least once every couple of months or so, I get a submission request from a home roaster. I always turn them down; I’ve had home roasts before—from Behmors and heat guns and rotisserie grills and stove tops and ovens—and I’ve never been impressed by them. Here we have our last of the ECX coffees...
Kuma Coffee // Ethiopia Borboya

Kuma Coffee // Ethiopia Borboya

At the Borboya washing station in the Yirgacheffe region of Ethiopia, local farmers sell their prized heirloom coffee beans to be hand-sorted, processed, and prepared for export. Nearly 700 smallholder farmers from throughout the region contributed to this month’s selection from Kuma Coffee. Small farmers whose plots average a little less than two acres bring...
Novel Coffee Roasters // Ethiopia Kilenso Natural

Novel Coffee Roasters // Ethiopia Kilenso Natural

Novel Coffee makes its debut at the Table today with a natural selection from Ethiopia. Kilenso Mokonissa is one of the smallest villages in the Borena Hagermariam District of Sidama. Coffee farmers in this area are typically subsistence farmers who pick coffee cherries that grow wild or in small backyard garden plots. In the past the coffees...
Halfwit Coffee Roasters // Burundi Kirema

Halfwit Coffee Roasters // Burundi Kirema

Burundi is a small landlocked country in Southeastern Africa, bordered by Rwanda, Tanzania, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The country is one of the poorest in the world, plagued with tribal conflict like it’s neighbors but with less international awareness. Even though coffee makes up an incredible 93% of its exports, instability in...
Halfwit Coffee Roasters // Kenya Mchana

Halfwit Coffee Roasters // Kenya Mchana

Despite grower discontent and urban encroachment on prime coffee lands, Kenya continues to produce some of the world’s most elegant and distinctive coffees. The sample that Halfwit Coffee recently sent me hails from Mchana Estate, which is located in Ruiru—a village in the Kiambu county of central Kenya. Owned by KOFINAF Company Limited, Mchana Estate is the...
Square Mile Coffee Roasters // Burundi Buzira Kayanza

Square Mile Coffee Roasters // Burundi Buzira Kayanza

A private station, Buzira was started in 2010 with a highly experienced management team. Owner Salume Ramadhan and manager Cassien Nibaruta are keen to establish the mill as a state of the art facility to serve as a model for other washing stations in Burundi. Very well equipped, every stage of the delivery, sorting, pulping,...
Coffee Mojo // Kenya Gatomboya

Coffee Mojo // Kenya Gatomboya

The country currently has six million people working in the coffee industry with over 570,000 coffee farms. Some of the greatest coffees hail from the Nyeri District of the Central Province, nestled in the foothills between the Aberdare Mountains and the southwest slopes of Mount Kenya. One of the factories in this region is Gatomboya,...
Coffee Mojo // Rwanda Karengera Cyivugiza

Coffee Mojo // Rwanda Karengera Cyivugiza

Rwanda is blessed with ideal coffee growing conditions that include high altitude, regular rainfall, volcanic soils with good organic structure and an abundance of Bourbon. The vast majority of Rwandan coffee is produced by smallholders of which there are thought to be around half a million with parcels of land often not much larger than...

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