Antônio Carlos de Oliveira is the fourth generation on Sítio Roseira. Antônio inherited some of the land before expanding the farm in 2018. The property totals 25 hectares with 5.7 of that planted with Red Catuai variety. Like many farms in the region, all work here is done manually due to the uneven terrain.
Due to the challenges posed by climate change and pests, Finca Aquiares engages in constant experimentation. The farm has developed a Varietal Garden were more than 30 promising varieties are being tested for cup quality, pest resistance and productivity. This lot comprises hybrids of local and exotic varietals.
Sourced from RFA certified smallholders across Caldas, Quindío, Risaralda, collectively known as El Viejo Caldas, this lot was decaffeinated in Colombia using ethyl acetate - an organic compound derived from sugar cane - to remove 97% of the caffeine from the beans. The process tends to leave a pleasant sugary flavor.
Located in the hills of Ahuachapán near the border with Guatemala, Las Veraneras is at the center of the BioKrop Project, an initiative that highlights the agroecologic and biodynamic efforts of small to medium-sized farms over six regions. This lot was prepared using anaerobic processing that produces crisp fruit notes.
Sourced from small farms In the southern region of Ethiopia, growers harvest ripe cherries by hand. Pickers rotate among the trees every eight to ten days, selecting the cherries that are at peak ripeness. The coffee cherries are transferred directly to raised drying beds and are turned constantly as they dry in the sun.
Built in 2011, the family-owned Koke washing station is located in the Gedeo zone of Yirgacheffe. Approximately 96 smallholder producers deliver coffee to Koke, many of whom are multi-generational farming families. The washing station has seen many improvements over time to sustain its top-notch offerings.
Finca Idealista is the epicenter of a group of farms in Matagalpa and Jinotega who have been innovators in direct-trade microlots. On the forefront of sustainability, the farm has set aside a section of rainforest to preserve and protect local plants and animals while also investing in community programs and initiatives.