Santa Barbara Estate, Colombia

Shawn Tan

Loma Verde Washed & Santa Barbara Natural The Santa Barbara Estate is a family-owned coffee company in Latin America, dedicated to the production and export of Colombian estate coffee. This month's subscription is a pair of coffees from two sister farms from this estate, namely Loma Verde and Agualinda. The coffee from Agualinda is referred to as Santa Barbara, as it comprises of a collective effort from all the sister farms under the estate. The company's beginnings date back to the early 20th century, where Don Alejandro Angel established himself as one of the first major importers of Colombian coffee. Seeing the enormous potential...

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Nyala Kiambu, Kenya

Shi Li Lim

Kenya has always been a powerhouse coffee origin. They hold to traditional production practices and attention to details. Kenya also has one of the most transparent and rigid buying systems in the world at the Nairobi auctions.  For Kenya, it is illegal to sell cherries to a middle man. In order to finance, educate, and provide inputs and support for producers, there are ‘market agents’ who act as representatives to the producers in the production chain. These agents double up as the dry mill partners, and take the cooperatives’ coffee through the auction system. The agents are a crucial step...

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Suke Quto, Ethiopia

Shi Li Lim

Tesfaye Bekele has been one of our longest coffee partners since the early days of PPP Coffee. We are now entering our seventh consecutive year of bringing in the Suke Quto washed process - a coffee that has become a favourite across our cafes, and has also left a deep impression on us.  Year after year, we continue to buy from Tesfaye Bekele because of his commitment to produce  high quality coffee. We look forward to receiving the fresh crop every year because they never fail to surprise us each time. Although the flavours change with every crop year,  the...

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Step-By-Step Guide To Coffee Cupping

Shi Li Lim

In the world of specialty coffee,  coffee samples are cupped by coffee professionals before they are graded, and sold in retail shops and cafes around the world. This process of assessing the coffees is known as cupping, and is done by coffee professionals across the supply chain for the following reasons: Green Buyers: To assess the quality of the crop before deciding which coffees to buy  Roasters: To ensure that every batch of roast is as good as their last roast Coffee Specialists: To ensure that every coffee that makes it out of the roastery tastes excellent and delicious before they are served to customers At...

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San Antonio Chaguite, Guatemala

Shawn Tan

The Perez family has been one of our direct-from-origin producers since 2014, and we are delighted to present our sixth harvest with them this year. The San Antonio Chaguite farm sits at the highest elevation amongst the Family Bonds Coffee farms, at 1950 metres above sea level.  Finca San Antonio Chaguite is one farm out of six in Family Bonds Coffee, a family-owned business that strives at harvesting, processing, and distributing unique varieties. Guatemala benefits from high altitudes and unique microclimates. There is constant rainfall and mineral-rich soil in most regions, which is suitable for producing coffee. Huehuetenango sits on...

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Uraga Tome, Ethiopia

Shawn Tan

A native of the Guji region in Ethiopia, Tadesse Edema is no stranger to the specialty coffee industry. He set up his first washing station in Uraga over 12 years ago, paving the way for the well-known Layo Teraga Cooperative. Later, the Tome washing station was set up on the other side of the ridge, across the river that separates Hambela from Uraga. Tadesse is a renowned figure in not just the coffee industry but the community as well, contributing to the building of infrastructure such as schools and roads in the region.  Previously in the 2000s, due to restrictions...

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