from Finca San Carlos
Another two weeks have dropped off the calendar - I don't even know where the time went! The delivery truck pulled into Old Bisbee and our shelves are filled once again with some brilliant new coffees that I can't wait to share with you.
At the top of the list is a brand new Mexican coffee from the southern state of Chiapas. Finca San Carlos
is located in a valley of lush vegetation with a diverse array of fruit trees, used as protective shade for this organic, high-altitude 'cloud' coffee. Since this is a brand new coffee from an estate we've never carried before, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect when dropping the first batch into the roaster, but I'm proud to report that this is a rich, prestine washed-mild, dark and complex - just like a wet-process estate coffee should be. Image from Joseph's Stunning Tour of MexicoFinca San Carlos
was founded in 1896 by Ludwig Hotzen, a German immigrant. The Finca was managed by the founders and family until the late nineties. Over the years the coffee was exported principally to Germany and from the 70īs on to the United States.
All field labors as well as harvesting is done by hand by specialized workers, mainly from nearby Guatemala. Each foreign worker is assisted, if necessary, to aquire his personal working ID (FMTF) for legal stay in Chiapas. During the harvest, kids arrive with their parents and other family members, so a special schooling program for children of migrant workers is established at the Finca, supervised by the Mexican Education Board.
All food & housing is provided by the Finca at no charge for the workers or their families, as well as medical assistance is also provided at no cost.
Tanzania, Your Favorite Peaberry, Is Back!
Peaberry coffees are always in high demand - I always try to keep at least one peaberry in the roaster and on your kitchen counter.
The one peaberry that stands out among the rest, though, has got to be this spicy little number from Tanzania. This is an unusually small, primitive, ungraded offering. What this Tanzania Peaberry lacks in looks however, it makes up in flavor. I found the cup to be classic Kenya style spice and syrup, with a delightful hint of candied citrus zest. This is by far the ugliest looking coffee I've seen (not uniform) but the flavor is everything I was expecting and more, much more!
Your Charity:Water Contributions Change Lives
When I look at the fundraising campaign
, I'm always amazed at what we've accomplished together. It's been over a year since we began, and I've decided to renew our campaign. Each donation goes toward providing clean drinking water to communities across the world.
As of today, we've raised $6,783, a huge amount of money together. And remember, I personally match each donation that comes in.
By rounding up your order and adding two dollars to your total, you've actually contributed four dollars to this wonderful charity. Every time you do this, you've helped provide clean drinking water, additional health and infrastructure, and unprecedented happiness to hundreds of people. It doesn't take much from each of us, however together we are making a huge difference! Thank you so much.