PERC Coffee // Tanzania Kiboko Peaberry

PERC Coffee // Tanzania Kiboko Peaberry

Located on Tanzania’s northern border, Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain. The soil is volcanic and ideally suited for the production of quality coffee. Coffee plants produce their fruit in the form of a coffee cherry. Typically the coffee cherry grows two halves of a bean within a single cherry....
Tandem Coffee Roasters // Rwanda Rulindo Station

Tandem Coffee Roasters // Rwanda Rulindo Station

Today’s coffee comes from Emmanuel, who is both president of Coopac Cooperative and SACOF Exporting. He works primarily in the Kivu/Western part of Rwanda, which has been a consistent favorite. This coffee is from the same crop as this years Rwanda Cup of Excellence winner and has a similar taste profile,...
Revel Coffee Roasters // Ethiopia Teklu Chelelektu

Revel Coffee Roasters // Ethiopia Teklu 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 thing I’m becoming quite good at...
"Shut Up and Drink Your Coffee"

“Shut Up and Drink Your Coffee”

Tony Konecny didn’t ask for it, but I’m rushing to his defense. A couple weeks ago, the Tonx Coffee co-founder took to his company’s blog and wrote “a contrary view in the collective quest for the perfect cup” entitled “Brewing Perfection.” I really encourage you to read the piece for yourself,...
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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...
ICYMI: June 15 - 28

ICYMI: June 15 – 28

In case you missed it, the Table was really, really, really busy over the past two weeks. While we took some time on Father’s Day to reflect on “why I drink coffee,” we quickly got back to work with reviews of PERC Coffee, Huckleberry Roasters, and Headstash Roasting Company. We even got a review of Foxy...
Headstash Roasting Company // Ethiopia Kochere

Headstash Roasting Company // Ethiopia Kochere

The Table is, as a collective whole, a massive fan of coffee from the Kochere Cooperative; it has seen several of their coffees served upon it over the past couple years. I remain impressed with the care and pride the members take in the cultivation and preparation of their coffees, as it shows beautifully in the...
Huckleberry Roasters // Ethiopia YirgZ

Huckleberry Roasters // Ethiopia YirgZ

Ethiopia is known for its attention to detail at all stages of the coffee process, from farming, to washing, to milling and sorting. The Z in YirgZ stands for zero—that is, zero defects. One of Huckleberry’s importers, Keffa Coffee, worked with private washing station owner Masrshu Sima to develop incredibly stringent quality practices.. Masrshu Sima’s washing...
Huckleberry Roasters // Ethiopia Ardi

Huckleberry Roasters // Ethiopia Ardi

In October 2009, Samuel Demisse read about the discovery of a 4.4 million year old human fossil found in Ethiopia. He was very fascinated by the news and decided to brand the Guji coffee he was cupping at the time under the name of “Ardi” as a tribute. Demisse is the sole importer of coffees...
PERC Coffee // Ethiopia Chelelektu

PERC Coffee // 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...