Irving Farm Coffee – Guatemala Santa Isabel Organic

In 2004, Santa Isabel experienced a pandemic of coffee rust disease. Producer Alex Keller experimented with a variety of methods to treat the problem, but finally decided that the only solution was to return to organic cultivation.

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Irving Farm Coffee – Guatemala Santa Isabel Organic

In 2004, Santa Isabel experienced a pandemic of coffee rust disease. Producer Alex Keller experimented with a variety of methods to treat the problem, but finally decided that the only solution was to return to organic cultivation. 2007 heralded their first certified organic production.

Since then, Alex has continued experimenting with innovative cultivation at the farm. Nowadays, it is a model of biodynamic organic agriculture; producing two pounds of composted dirt/fertilizer for every pound of coffee produced. Alex proudly showed us around the farm, even unearthing the fungi underneath a tree log to display the symbiotic relationship between fungi—beneficial to plant root systems and allowed to thrive due to Alex’s organic conditions—and the tree root systems. He has also planted other flowering plants and trees around the farm to attract more diverse species of insects. Alex’s goal is to build a diverse and sustainable ecosystem within his farm, one that mimics the natural preserve surrounding it.

Along with precise cultivation, Alex is meticulous about processing. Cherry selection, washing and drying protocols are painstakingly followed, producing clean, consistent and delicious coffee. His grandmother Isabel would be proud that he has put her name on this full-bodied, chocolatey coffee.

This coffee is certified USDA Organic, meaning its production did not involve the use of synthetic substances such as most pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers.

COUNTRY Guatemala
REGION Santa Isabel
PRODUCER Alex Keller
VARIETIES Bourbon, Catuai & Caturra
PROCESS Washed
TASTING NOTES Caramel, Dark Chocolate, Spicy
Now available at www.emerycoffee.com

Kickapoo Coffee – Project Congo

Project Congo marks our second philanthropic collaboration with our friends at On The Ground. In our Project Congo initiative, we will donate $1 for every pound of this exceptional Congolese coffee to promote and raise awareness of gender equality in the farming regions of the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Kickapoo CoffeeProject Congo

About The Growers
Project Congo marks our second philanthropic collaboration with our friends at On The Ground. In our Project Congo initiative, we will donate $1 for every pound of this exceptional Congolese coffee to promote and raise awareness of gender equality in the farming regions of the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Funds raised will work to break the chains of poverty and conflict while supporting women empowerment groups in coffee communities of the region. Women play a crucial agricultural role in Africa, providing the majority of the labor, but their contributions are often invisible since women are excluded from delivering and selling the crop. These realities are exacerbated by sexual gender-based violence in Kivu used as a tool to destabilize communities.

Despite the challenges, female coffee producers in Eastern DRC have the perseverance to move forward. Project Congo will provide transformative opportunities to these farmers by introducing practical initiatives supporting women’s empowerment at both farm and cooperative levels. Funds will be used to empower and educate female farmers to become entrepreneurs, taking control of their lives, and creating a brighter future for coffee communities affected by the civil war in Eastern DRC.

We’re honored to be working once again with On The Ground to make positive impacts in coffee producing countries.

Muungano Cooperative

Notes of Black Currant, Cola & Sweet Citrus

Altitude: 1500-2000 Meters
Varietals: Bourbon
Process: Wet Ferment, Soak, 14 Day Raised Bed Drying
Region: Kalihi, Southern Kivu

Now available at www.emerycoffee.com

Photo courtesy of Kickapoo Coffee.

Klatch Coffee – Papua New Guinea AAK Bros

Papua New Guinea is responsible for approximately 1% of world coffee production. This is an elegant and multifaceted bean that offers bright and sweet notes of lemon, orange and hazelnuts in aroma and cup.

Klatch CoffeePapua New Guinea AAK Bros

Papua New Guinea is responsible for approximately 1% of world coffee production. “Quality of coffee produced in Papua New Guinea has received a boost in recent times with emphasis on setting up wet factories supported by adequate checks and assurances of excellence through a testing process in well equipped laboratories,” according to Wikipedia and evidenced here.

This is an elegant and multifaceted bean that offers bright and sweet notes of lemon, orange and hazelnuts in aroma and cup. It has a light and creamy texture that can be enjoyed hot or iced.

If you thought PNG was a unique coffee origin, then you’re in for a doozy with this AAK lot. AAK is the umbrella organization tying together 3 coops across the Western and Eastern Highlands – Apo, Anga and Konga Cooperatives, each of the 3 words meaning “brother” in local languages.

In a country whose coffee growers are famously independent and who have not traditionally formed many cooperatives or producer organizations, AAK is a newly formed body introducing radical practices to improve coffee quality and livelihoods.

klatch-coffee-PAP_NEW_GUI_AAK_BRO-2Coffee is its main economic activity, but AAK is much more. Its self-described holistic approach includes activities ranging from financial planning, to banking (mobile payment partnership with BSP Bank), to gender equality, to health, to education. On the coffee front (that’s why you’re reading this, right?), AAK takes a very localized approach to organization and coffee quality. 81 “base camps” across member areas form as community centers.

Each base camp servers as a training center for quality growing and processing practices, and 59 (and growing) are outfitted with tool sheds where members can rent supplies for use on their farms. While rich in expertise and ideas, AAK has only recently been able to open its own washing stations. It currently manages 3 stations, each quite small but well staffed with knowledgeable machinists and coffee handlers. Each station serves a handful of nearby base camps (currently base camps not near a washing station home-process and deliver parchment).

REGION: Goroka
VARIETAL: Bourbon
FARM: AAK Brothers Umbrella Cooperative
ALTITUDE: 1550 – 2100 M
FARMER: Apo, Anga and Konga Cooperatives
ROAST: Medium
NOTE: Wet Process

Now available at www.emerycoffee.com

Photos courtesy of Klatch Coffee.

The Coffee Grinder You Have Been Waiting For

The Handground Precision Coffee Grinder has been a long time in coming. For much too long we have dealt with inconsistent grind, difficult grinder settings, and not easy to use hand grinders. This quality crowd-sourced little marvel has it all.

The Handground Precision Coffee Grinder has been a long time in coming. For much too long we have dealt with inconsistent grind, difficult grinder settings, and not easy to use hand grinders. This quality crowd-sourced little marvel has it all. It is available for pre-order now at a fraction of the cost of a good electric grinder and all the same benefits. Visit www.handground.com.

*Photo and video by http://www.handground.com
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