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Kenya Kagumo-ini

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The Nyeri Province hosts a number of superb Kenyan coffees, and for good reason. A combination of ideal terroir qualities has helped champion this region's prominence in the specialty coffee market. As part of the Mugaga Farmers Cooperation Society, the Kagumo-ini milling factory has an elevated standard for their washed-coffee processing which allows them to create more perspicuous flavors in their beans. The factory also sits at an elevation of 1600 meters above sea level, allowing the coffee cherries to develop more complex sugars that enhance acidity. The high altitude restricts the development of a large amount of cherries, which...

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Honduras Florentino FTO

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Honduras has slowly been establishing itself in the greater specialty-coffee world. Like many other Central American coffees, Florentino features less acidity and a greater balance in caramel-like sweetness and milk-chocolate body. A distinct citric tang of orange resonates on the palate and a clean finish highlights the washed-processed characteristics within the cup. Located within the Santa Ana municipality of La Paz, Honduras, producer Florentino Mendoza cultivates Catuai, a hybrid of Bourbon and Typica varietals. This coffee is labelled SHG, or Strictly High Grown, meaning the coffee is grown at a proper elevation, (which in the case of Florentino happens to...

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Ethiopia Sidamo Ardi

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Sidamo Ardi On October 1st, 2009, paleontologists discovered a complete skeleton of Ardipithecus, one of humanity’s oldest ancestors. Nicknamed ‘Ardi’, this discovery was significant since it shed light on the earliest periods of our species, dating back nearly 4.4 million years. This same region would play host to another discovery, days later, of a varietal which would later adopt the name of Ardi. Ethiopia is not only the home to the birth of mankind, but also home of the indigenous coffee plant, which grows wild in forests all around the country. These two discoveries help show how close our connection has been...

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Kaimbu

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 Kenya Kaimbu AA The Kaimbu coffee-milling factory is located in the Kiambu District, which borders just north of Kenya's capital, Nairobi. Situated within the greater Central Province, the Kaimbu association is part of a legacy of world-renowned producing regions. The coffees in these regions grow at a much higher altitude, and temperatures naturally range on the cooler side. In addition, the plants grow in highly fertile, well-drained soil. For coffee shrubs, these factors help produce well-developed seeds, which translates into a palatable and refined cup. Kaimbu AA is characterized by three varietals: SL-28, SL-34, and Ruiru 11. The term ‘SL’ stands...

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Honduras Florentino

Posted by Austin Amento on

Honduras has slowly been establishing itself in the greater specialty-coffee world. Like many other Central American coffees, Florentino features less acidity and a greater balance in caramel-like sweetness and milk-chocolate body. A distinct citric tang of orange resonates on the palate and a clean finish highlights the washed-processed characteristics within the cup. Located within the Santa Ana municipality of La Paz, Honduras,  producer Florentino Mendoza cultivates Catuai, a hybrid of Bourbon and Typica varietals. This coffee is labelled SHG, or Strictly High Grown, meaning the coffee is grown at a proper elevation, (which in the case of Florentino happens to...

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