Dear coffee travellers.
We are glad to inform you that this January we entered in the 3rd year of our coffee subscription. This is great news although it is even greater satisfaction to know that many of you who started this long journey with us in Jan ’18 are still on board.
During these months we brought you in 15 different coffee origins and even though roast so many different coffees required a lot of resources (both in economic terms and in learning time) we are proud to be among the few specialty coffee roasters which can keep such a great variety of coffees always available for our customers. This is part of our vision, that showcases the diversity of flavours around the coffee world. Coffee is not just a heavenly beverage, the fuel of our frenetic modern life, it is also a vital resource for millions of people around the world who directly or indirectly depend on it. It is our belief that the more flavours we taste, the easier is for the consumers to understand and appreciate such diversity. This will translate into an increase in the average price that aware consumers are willing to pay and this will be eventually transmitted to higher prices fetched by the growers.
Our Journey in 2020.
Now coming to this year journey, as some of you already know, we have updated our subscriptions which now can be managed by the subscribers who can decide to cancel, pause, change the plan without the need to email us to amend the plan. All new subscribers will be automatically signed up to the new system. We invite all the subscribers who subscribed before November 2019 to email us to request the change. We will terminate their subscription upon their request and then we will send the link to the new system.
We are also working to increase the efficiency of our deliveries, trying to be on time, hitting 30 days interval from one delivery and another. We know how important is for the success of the plan that our subscribers receive the coffee delivered regularly without delays. Furthermore, we will share soon the calendar with all the origin that will be covered throughout the whole year. But let’s start from the place where it all begun…namely Ethiopia.
After Ethiopia, the following origins will follow. Just keep in mind that the schedule can change according to the seasonal availability of the coffee:
February – Colombia
March – Thailand
April – Guatemala
May – Indonesia
June – Honduras
July – Brazil
August – Rwanda
September – Peru
October – Equador
November – Uganda
December – Laos
NB: Make sure you read the rules for the different subscription plans that you find here
We hope you will join us in this journey across the different flavors of the coffee belt.
We wish you a very good journey along the New coffee year!
The Nordhavn Coffee Roasters Team
Travel the World of Coffee YIII/1: Ethiopia.
Travel the World of Coffee YIII/1: Ethiopia.
All the arabica coffee grown in the world is coming from the region between Ethiopia, South Sudan and Northern Kenya. That means that the Region is the only place where you can find wild coffee plants. Here is where 95% of the genetic diversity of coffee is still preserved. This biodiversity is what many specialty coffee roasters refer to when they write “Ethiopian heirlooms” or better “Ethiopian landraces” on their coffee labels.
The coffees selected for the month of January were:
- Guji Highlands
- Mesfin Dabessa
- Harenna Forest
- Guji Highlands is a 250 hectare, family owned farm established in 2012 by Wodessa Yachisi. It is near the town of Shakisso in the Guji Zone. Guji Highland tops out at 2300m, and is nestled in what can only be described as a natural cloud forest. The farm’s production is 100%
organic. Guji is a recent addition to the range of beautiful coffees being exported from Ethiopia. Historically it has been exported as a Sidamo type, but after many years of lobbying the Ethiopian government introduced Guji as a geographical distinction. While the cup profile might be sometimes quite similar to Sidamo coffees, some people feel that there is a “little something special” in the terroir of Guji. Read more about this coffee here.
Mesfin Dabessa is a beautiful “Limu”, named after the owner of the Chalchissa farm (Mr. Mesfin Dabessa). The farm covers 150 hectares and is surrounded by a beautiful forest located in the Jimma appellation. It finds its roots in the small family farm run by the father of the two owners. Inspired by this peasant father, Mesfinnvested 10 years ago on the Chalchissa farm to replicate family activities on a larger scale. Today they produce a fully washed coffee, with subtle hints of lemon and honey. This coffee is hand-picked and carefully selected. The coffee trees of Chalchissa enjoy a rich natural environment. The flora specific to this forest adds to the quality of this unique high-grown coffee. Read more about this coffee here
- Harenna Forest. This is a very special coffee for our roastmaster and co-founder Francesco. It is the first origin/coffee he visited back in 2009 while he was working as project coordinator at Slow Food International. This coffee is harvested from spontaneous coffee trees scattered in the unique Harenna Forest, one of the rare Afromontane rain forests where tropical flora meets mountainous woodlands that we usually find at higher latitudes. This breathtaking landscapes and the very special microclimatic conditions of the area produce one of the most distinctive coffee we have ever tasted. Spicy, buttery and floral with hints of citrus and wild herbs, papaya and ripe pineapple. Thick and velvety body. Long, very long aftertaste. More info about this coffee hereThe Harenna Forest Slow Food Coffee Presidium recognizes the value of a unique and high quality product, shorts the production chain and protects the equatorial mountain forest. In supporting the work of small-scale coffee gatherers and producers, it will be possible to increase the number of local people interested in protecting the forest from illegal tree felling. Over the last few years, the Presidium has helped the producers to improve their harvesting technique and initial processing phases. For those of you who would like to learn more about this coffee here is a short movie about the project which brought it to Europe in 2011-2012.
Pictures from the Harenna Forest (Oromia)