Single Origin Project May: Honduras Pablo Cruz

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ABOUT THE FARM

Beneficio San Vicente is a family owned and operated dry mill and exporter located in the town of Pena Blanca in Northwestern Honduras. Founder and longtime coffee buyer Fidel Paz constructed the current milling facility in 2000 as production in the surrounding area (Santa Barbara) increased, affording the family the opportunity to connect their producing community directly to international buyers. San Vicente does not buy their coffees as an intermediary, but rather connects these producers directly to buyers for more transparent price negotiations. Coffees produced within the San Vicente community frequently place as finalists in the national Cup of Excellence competition year after year, establishing the mill and family as a globally recognized leader among specialty coffee producers in Honduras.

Single Origin Project April: Burundi Gahahe

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ABOUT THE FARM

Gahahe was built in 1989 in the Kayanza commune and province. The name ‘Gahahe’ comes from the Igihahe trees that were once found in this region. Due to the number of these trees in this region, the Kirundi phrase kubavomere batumisha was used to describe the land, which means ‘always covered in green’. This washing station collects cherries from over 1,250 local coffee farmers spread over the 16 neighboring colonies.

Single Origin Project March: Guatemala Waykan

ABOUT THE FARM

Waykan is a pristine example of the dynamic character of coffees from Huehuetenango. Its crisp stone fruit acidity is perfectly balanced by flavors of toffee and sweet almonds. In the Maya Q’qnjobal dialect in the region, waykan means “star, or light that shines in the sky at night.” Coffee plays a large role in Huehuetenango accounting either directly or indirectly for roughly 80 percent of the local economy.

Single Origin Project March: Guatemala Waykan

ABOUT THE FARM

Waykan is a pristine example of the dynamic character of coffees from Huehuetenango. Its crisp stone fruit acidity is perfectly balanced by flavors of toffee and sweet almonds. In the Maya Q’qnjobal dialect in the region, waykan means “star, or light that shines in the sky at night.” Coffee plays a large role in Huehuetenango accounting either directly or indirectly for roughly 80 percent of the local economy.

Single Origin Project February: Colombia COMEPCAFE

ABOUT THE FARM

Cooperativa Multiétnica Y Pluricultural De Pequeños Caficultores Del Cauca, or COMEPCAFE, founded in 2010 by a small-but-mighty group of 44 producers, has grown to include nearly 1,000. The name of the organization itself speaks to the structure and the community, as it is truly a cooperative effort among multi-ethnic and multicultural smallholders. The group is committed to working not only as one with the planet, but also as a unit together, taking turns picking, sorting, and delivering to the co-op with each other. The cups offer a balance of toffee and caramel sweetness with tangy lime and lemongrass and more delicate touches of melon and florals. This is, in part, thanks to the high altitude (1750–2200 meters), good varieties (including Colombia, Caturra, Castillo, Typica), and meticulous processing —but also certainly thanks to the spirit of the community and the support the members provide each other.