OUR RELATIONSHIP FARMS

WE RESPECT THE COFFEE FARMING COMMUNITY AND THE IMPORTANT ROLE THEY PLAY IN OUR INDUSTRY

Where possible we source from farms, co-ops or milling stations where we have established a direct relationship, and only work with reputable partners who share our dedication to coffee quality and support ethical practices at origin.

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Nova Coffee Washing Station

Nova washing station was first built in 2005 as a cooperative run mini washing station. For many years, the cooperative was doing very little to improve the station, and processed minimal volume. In 2013, Agnes Mukamushinja and her husband Felix Hitayezu decided to buy the site and increase the capacity of the operations. They renamed it Nova Coffee. With Agnes as the leader, Nova Coffee took all the right steps to increase quality first and then volume. They have invested into the operations of the wet mill and the farms in the community. Following the 2015 season, they were able to install a new pulping machine, new fermentation tanks with sorting and floating areas, new drying beds, and a high quality warehouse for storage. The station sits at around 1450m in elevation, however the farms are as high as 1750m.

Country

Rwanda

REGION

Northern Province

Farm Name

Nova Coffee Washing Station

Costa Rica Jaguar

Jaguar coffee is a selection of the Our Farmer Support best of the Tarrazú region, known as the best coffee growing area of Costa Rica. Jaguar beans are selective-picked with only 100% ripened red cherries. It is processed completely separately from other coffees received at the mill. It is de-pulped with an energy efficient ecological system and naturally fermented in tanks with the latest technology for monitoring. After being pre-dried in fully-automated drum dryers, it is then brought down to 25% humidity, hulled in special hulling machines that do not damage the coffee beans and sun-dried in a controlled environment in greenhouses. Once the humidity is 11% it is immediately bagged in vacuum-sealed bags. It needs about 4-6 weeks after bagging for the coffee to settle and bring out its attributes. This unique milling process amplifies its body gives the beans their elegant and rare bluish colour.

Country

Costa Rica

REGION

Tarrazú

Farm Name

Group of farms from Volcafe

Kilenso Mokanisa

Located in Sidamo, Ethiopia, Kilenso Mokanisa is one of the farm members of the OCFCU - Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union. The Union was granted its Fairtrade certification in 2002, and has since grown to become the largest Fairtrade coffee producer in Ethiopia. OCFCU members are dedicated to promoting environmental sustainability and social justice within their communities. The goal of the organisation is to foster economic self-sufficiency amongst its members to ensure that families can feed themselves when the harvest fails and famine threatens. It aims to maintain the quality of coffee production, while increasing income for farmers and strengthening the capacity of the organisation so that members are less vulnerable to external forces such as price volatility. Women hold a prominent position within all facets of the organisation.
The Union finances sustainable farming training, the construction and operation of 4 local health clinics and has established 56 clean water supply stations in their community. It has also invested in several washing stations and machinery to process washed coffee.

Country

Ethiopia

REGION

Sidamo

Farm Name

Kilenso Mokanisa

Indonesia Wahana Natural

Located in the Sidikalang region of North Sumatra, West of the volcanic Lake Toba and on high altitude lands on the equator belt, the Wahana Estate produces one of the most remarkable coffees in Asia. To achieve its high quality, the coffee cherries are only picked when ripe, and dried until they resemble raisins. This process ensures that the natural fruitiness and sweetness characters are infused into the beans during the fermentation process and enhanced in the cup.

Country

Indonesia

REGION

Sidikalang, North Sumatra

Farm Name

Wahana Estate

Finca La Encanada

In the six years since our first visit to Finca La Encanada in the region of San Martin, Peru back in 2010, we have built a close relationship with Dionicio, his manager Fedmin and their farm. Committing to a long term partnership in 2012, their coffees continues to score better and better in blind cuppings. Dionicio inherited the small farm holding from his father and began growing coffee in 2006. Since then, he has worked hard to educate himself on best practice agricultural activities and the subsequent processing of his coffee, which is exhibiting itself on the cupping table. As part of the agreed price per pound, we include a premium to be reinvested back into the farm to improve equipment, coffee quality, the livelihood of the community and ensure the future sustainability of his coffee. Finca La Encanada is very close to our hearts and we look forward to sharing the fruits of this relationship with you.

Country

Peru

REGION

Belon, Yorongos, Rioja, San Martin

Farm Name

Finca La Encanada

Simalungun

Simalungun is a small coffee farm set amongst several other small farms in the Indonesian region of Sidikalang, Sumatra. Mr Panjaitan and his family live and work on the farm. During harvest time all the farmers and their families in the community help each other to hand-pick the coffee. Onan Ganjang, which translates to ‘night market’ in English, has a superb orange blossom and cocoa flavour. Simalungun is Coffee Practices Certified by Opal Coffee, an organisation that provides coffee education and agronomy advice to small farms to help them improve crop quality and yield.

Country

Indonesia

REGION

Sidikalang, Sumatra

Farm Name

Simalungun

Coop Dota

Coop Dota started in 1948 and has 400 members who are all small farmers in the Dota region of Costa Rica, within the area of the three saints: San Marco, Santa Maria and San Pedro. Coop Dota is committed to quality, community development and to constantly improve their practices. They are working with growers to push back against the shift towards Catimor and other timor hybrids, and encouraging them to stay with Catuai and Caturra to preserve the quality in the cup. Coop Dota was also the first coop to become carbon neutral in the world. They provide forward loans, discounted farm materials and agronomical advice to their members. Microlot coffees are dried on the patios and the coop is working to increase the amount of sun dried coffees they can produce through rotating beds and by redesigning their African beds.

Country

Costa Rica

REGION

Tarrazu

Farm Name

Coop Dota

De La Finca Caffe Postal

Jorge Correa, owner of De La Finca Cafe Postal, a coffee farm based on the Caldas region of Colombia, is a man who inspires those he meets. An engineer by trade, he is devoted to the development of the best coffee possible. De La Finca Caffe Postal is patch worked with numerous micro lots, each planted with a different variety of coffee cultivars. With no preconceived ideas, Jorge’s approach to coffee farming is challenging many long held assumptions. He is working with some interesting varietals such as a little seen Maragogype/Gesha cross which shows great promise. Utilising his engineering background, Jorge is implementing other new techniques to improve his control in key areas that affect the quality of the coffee he produces. His newly constructed wet mill now includes six temperature controlled stainless steel fermentation tanks. Similar to wine making, thermo-stability is used to slow down or accelerate the fermentation to manage and control flavour. We are delighted to be showcasing his coffees.

Country

Colombia

REGION

Caldas

Farm Name

De La Finca Caffe Postal

Finca La Meseta

Finca La Meseta is fourth generation family operated farm located in the Caldos region at Chinchina, in the heartland of the Triángulo del Café of Colombia. As growers, they are committed to producing higher quality premium coffees and have invested heavily in both their farms and processing plants. Located in Chinchina town is their sophisticated dry mill lab where they now have their internally trained Q Grader who oversees QA. With well-established trees(some lots have trees over 50 years old), they continue to embrace new agronomic practices to build on the high quality already produced. With most coffee exported to Europe and the USA, we are delighted to be exclusively showcasing their coffee in the Australian market. The coffee produced is a clean Colombian coffee with excellent structure and acidity. As part of the ongoing development, Finca la Meseta have begun working on a number of micro lot projects with Finca Obaje in the more remote Narinjo region. Once established, these coffees, which we were fortunate to taste last year, will allow us to provide our customers with a rare and remote selection of super premium coffees.

Country

Colombia

REGION

Chinchiná Caldas

Farm Name

Finca La Meseta

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