WE TASTE: Floral aromas with hints of berry lead to a sweet cup of stone fruit, brown sugar and black tea with a citric acidity.
ROAST PROFILE: Light
REGION: SNNP region in Gedeo zone, Kochere district, Boje kelble
ELEVATION: 1,750-1,850 masl
OTHER NOTES: Organic Farm, Rainforest Alliance, sustainable, traceable, single origin
Ethiopia is regarded by many as the birthplace of coffee. Most coffee grows wild in the shade of other trees and is referred to as forest grown coffee.
One of the most notable coffee producing regions in Ethiopia is Yirgacheffe. It is home to fertile soil, high elevation, and a tropical climate with moderate wet and dry seasons.
This coffee comes from the Boji Kochere washing station, a collection of the efforts of 2,564 smallholder farmers. Their coffee is handpicked at peak ripeness and machine pulped, and undergoes anaerobic fermentation before washing. Finally, as is typical to the region, the coffee is sun dried on raised beds.
CUP PROFILE: Hints of chocolate sprinkles lead to a nutty base with a smooth, creamy body and clean finish in this approachable, comforting coffee.
CUP PROFILE: Notes of spiced chocolate open up to sweet caramel and malt with a hint of honey.
REGIAON: Chiapas and Oaxaca
PROCESS: Washed, Select Water Process Decaffeination
Decaf Mexico Altura HG EP Royal Select Water Process is curated from lots that the Royal team has selected based on cup profile, physical preparation, and potential to express excellently once decaffeinated. During the water process, the green coffee is pre-soaked in water to expand the beans for caffeine extraction. The hydrated green coffee is then introduced to a unique solution of concentrated coffee solubles that draw out the caffeine while minimizing the loss of flavor compounds. Once the caffeine has been removed the green coffee is re-dried and re-bagged for transport, and the extract solution is filtered of its caffeine and recycled to be used again.
CUP PROFILE: Aromas of fruit florals lead to a cup packed with cocoa, raisin, baking spice and a clean finish.
ROAST PROFILE: Medium
REGION: Rodriguez de Mendoza, Amazonas
GROWER: 124 women members of Asociacion de Productores Cafetaleros de la Cuenca del Rio Maranon (APROCCURMA)
ELEVATION: 1,500-1,800 masl
PROCESS: Fully washed
OTHER NOTES: Fair Trade, Organic Farm, sustainable, traceable, single origin
For the past five years, APROCCURMA has been working directly with 124 women producers to establish coffee production from farms owned and managed by women. A significant number of women in the northern highlands of the Rodriguez de Mendoza province rely on coffee income to support their families. They use organic practices to manage just a few acres of land intercropped with shade trees, bananas, corn, and beans.
After carefully harvesting and sorting cherries, depulping, fermenting, washing, and drying is all done at the farm with micro-mills. The cooperative carries out activities that often go unnoticed but are crucial for producers who have small farms. Investments, establishing local warehouses, and preparing coffee for export are all coordinated through APROCCURMA, which ensures traceability and quality control throughout the post-harvest process. APROCCURMA also provides women producers with financing, training, and technical assistance to improve coffee quality. The cooperative strives to improve the quality of life for coffee producers and their families through internationally marketing producers’ coffee to gain improved premiums based on a reputation for quality and certification.
Origin photos: Royal Coffee
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