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HONEY FINGERS March 12 2016, 0 Comments

WE ARE 100% DEPENDANT ON COFFEE FARMERS IN LATIN AMERICA & AFRICA, WITHOUT THEM WE'D HAVE NO COFFEE TO ROAST & NO COFFEE TO DRINK.

 

WE GENERALLY BUY SMALL SINGLE FARMER OR FARMER OWNED COOPERATIVE LOTS WHICH WE PAY GOOD PRICES FOR, BUT WE'D LIKE TO HELP OUT A LITTLE MORE WHERE WE CAN.

WHAT WITH CLIMATE CHANGE & COFFEE DISEASES LIKE COFFEE LEAF RUST LOWERING PRODUCTION, IT'S NOT ALWAYS EASY FOR FARMERS TO MAKE ENDS MEET. MANY SMALL FARMERS GROW SOME OF THEIR OWN FOOD CROPS BUT GENERALLY DON'T HAVE SURPLUS TO SELL.

LAST YEAR I HEARD ABOUT AN ORGANISATION CALLED FOOD 4 FARMERS THEY HAVE A FEW DIFFERENT PROJECTS IN LATIN AMERICA WORKING WITH COFFEE FARMERS TO PROVIDE SUSTAINABLE METHODS FOR FOOD SECURITY.

 

AS A RECENT BEEKEEPER MYSELF, I THOUGHT THEIR CAFE Y MIEL {COFFEE & HONEY} PROJECT WAS GREAT. BEEHIVES TAKE UP LITTLE ROOM, DON'T REQUIRE A LOT OF WORK, HONEY MAKES GREAT MONEY FOR THE FARMERS & IS GOOD NEWS FOR THE ENVIRONMENT.

IN GUATEMALA 42 NEW BEEKEEPERS ARE ALREADY PRODUCING & SELLING HONEY. IN CHIAPAS, MEXICO {WHERE THE PROJECT HAS BEEN GOING FOR SIX YEARS} FOOD 4 FARMERS STARTED TRAINING 25 NEW BEEKEEPERS & FOUND THAT SOME OF THE ORIGINAL BEEKEEPERS GEAR NEEDS UPGRADING.

 

WE THOUGHT WE'D HELP OUT BY DONATING 50 CENTS PER KG OF GREEN COFFEE USED IN OUR LATEST SEASONAL ESPRESSO BLEND {WHICH WE'LL CALL HONEY FINGERS} OUR FIRST ORDER IS FOR 1035 KG SO WE'LL SEND OVER $517.50.

IF YOU'D LIKE TO HELP OUT FOOD 4 FARMERS YOU CAN DONATE USING PAYPAL ON THEIR WEBSITE HERE.

 


burundiathon July 31 2013, 0 Comments

Our espresso blend at the moment is 35% Colombian which comes from Association Los Naranjos in San Augustin, Huila. It is a great coffee on it's own, honey sweetness with fresh sweet citrus flavours.

watch this fantastic video featuring Association Los Naranjos, from Cafe Imports who sourced this lot.

Now for the burundiathon bit........

The remaining 65% of the espresso blend is from Burundi.

I've always enjoyed coffee from Burundi, it's small, landlocked & had it's fair share of problems, but the coffee can be spectacular, they have many washing stations where the smallholder farmers can take ripe cherry to sell, the coffee is then sold under the name of the washing station.

I received about 20 Burundi samples but there were so many I liked I couldn't decide on one so I got 7 different lots, enough for about two weeks in the espresso blend each, they are:

Kayanza Kiziba lot 4 {medium dark chocolate with baking spices} gone

Gatare Kayanza lot 2 {mexican milk chocolate} gone

Gatare Kayanza lot 1 {sweet, dried fruit, lemon} gone

Kayanza Kiryama lot 3 {citrus, sweet nut, chocolate} gone

Kayanza Bwayi lot 2 {sweet, juicy, floral} gone 

Kayanza Kinyovu lot 3 {tropical fruit, dark cherry} gone

Kayanza Kinyovu lot 4 {rich chocolate, lemon, honey} gone

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cupping extravaganza April 16 2013, 0 Comments