Dear coffee lovers,
Why two origins?
This choice mirrors our commitment to offering to our customers specialty coffee produced both by producer cooperatives and single farms. The producer cooperatives allow us to expand the impact of our coffee. Sourcing to a broader group, contributing to the development of the local producer communities beyond the single estate/household production unit.
Coffee farm, Finca Churupampa (a Quechua word, ch’uru means “snail” and pampa means “plains”).
image credit: This Side Up Coffees
The single estate coffee is important for bringing to you some of the most distinct and unique lots from all the
coffee belt. This type of supplier is crucial to establish coffee supply chain that puts traceability and transparency together with
outstanding quality. The downside of this is that single estate coffees are likely to concentrate the benefits of the trade to a smaller amount of people, and these are often the most better offs.
Coffee plantations Pluma Hidalgo, Mexico.image credits: Ree Mexico
Having said this, the Peruvian coffee we offer you this month, is an example of how a single-family can push the neighbouring community to produce better coffees. Indeed, the Tocto family’s achievement is a national example of how entrepreneurship,
respect for local farming traditions, circular thinking and direct roaster relations can completely change rural livelihoods.
Tocto and his family. image credit: This Side Up Coffees
Fewer origins, more coffee. In one word…consolidation.
Some of you might have noticed that some months the coffees are coming from two different origins. This is the result of a new strategy that is going to bring NCR to focus on fewer origins from where we hope to buy larger volumes on a regular basis. The emphasis added on these two adjectives is necessary to understand that if we want to have an impact on the livelihoods of our suppliers, we need to buy more coffee and be regular year after year. The more we travel to the coffee-producing
Regions, the more we convince ourselves that stability is the most important thing for a (coffee) farmer who needs to plan ahead.
Typical Pluma coffee cherries. Image credits: Ree Mexico
Fewer origins. That does not automatically translate into fewer coffee variants. Indeed, we will try to diversify the purchase from the same producers, focusing on different lots/preparation from the same farm/cooperative. For example, for three of our origins, namely Thailand Doi Saket, Honduras Alto de los Santos and Colombia, F.ca Santa Lucia, we are offering both natural and washed coffees.
We do believe this strategy will not only benefit the producers but also will help our customers to understand the complexity of the coffee world.
See you next month!
The NCR Team