Our namesake blend features coffees from some of the world's best known growing regions. This crowd-pleasing blend is rich and smooth, highlighting a deep-toned Lintong coffee from small garden farms in the Lake Toba region of Sumatra, which offers nuances of sweet grapefruit and aromatic wood. This coffee, like most cultivated in Sumatra, is processed using the wet-hull method, contributing to its unique flavor profile. We link a small fee to each pound of this coffee we purchase to fund the Sumatran Tiger Trust, a conservation program designed to help preserve the endangered Sumatran Tiger. Our contribution tops $10,000 annually! Then, we add a fully washed coffee from Kenya that adds elements of brightness and helps bring out the flavor of other coffees in the blend.
Kenya has one of the best systems for compensating the highest quality lots; registered buyers taste samples weekly and then compete at auction where the best tasting coffees are rewarded. Because the auction lots are so small, our partners purchase many lots of similar quality and then, through a complex grading process, create the consistency we need for use in the blend. Finally, another fully washed coffee from Colombia rounds out the blend by adding silky hints of nut, milk chocolate and spice.
The coffee comes from a cooperative called Cooperandes (or Cooperativa de los Andes) based in the Antioquia growing region. The coffee is grown by a group of smallholder farmers who live near the town of Jardin. The growers deliver dried parchment to the cooperatively owned dry mill, where it is evaluated for quality. The co-op then combines the growers' coffees together and sorts it according to our specifications in order to maintain consistency. Together these coffees combine to create a smooth and complex blend that pairs well with milk but also tastes great on its own.