Transparency and sourcing
We pledge to source at least 50% of our coffee through traders and importers that are willing to provide FOB pricing data as a minimum level of transparency.
We pledge to maintain a stock of at least 2 coffees that we are able to disclose the farmgate price for.
We pledge to always strive to increase our level of traceability and transparency as much as we’re able to within the confines of that which limits us.
Our sourcing partners
Farmly - Brazil, Colombia
Cofinet - Colombia
Raw Material - Colombia, Rwanda, Mexico
Cafe Imports - Colombia, Ethiopia, Brazil
Indochina - China, Myanmar
Karst Organics - East Timor
Falcon - Peru
Olam - Zambia, Malawi, Kenya, Nicaragua
Omwani Coffee Co - Madagascar
Believe it or not, tasting coffee is a job all on it's own. It can take years to develop ones palate well enough to detect not only the nuances of flavour in a cup of coffee, but also to simply understand the quality of the coffee. When choosing coffee, not only are we looking for interesting tasting coffees, but we’re also looking for defects and faults, assessing the coffee purely from a “is there something wrong with this or not” standpoint.
Specialty coffees are coffees that are tasted (or “cupped”, to use the industry terminology) and scored on the SCA (Specialty Coffee Association) cupping scale with a score of at least 80 points out of a possible 100. Most commonly you’ll find coffees scoring between 82 and 86, and we buy a lot of our coffees in this bracket. Coffees over 87 can be pretty unique, with incredible complexity, sweetness, and acidity, while those scoring over 90 can be pretty life changing.
The cost of a coffee (for us) varies on a number of factors, its cupping score being only a small contributing factor to that. The country it’s from, the processing method used, the labour cost involved… So a coffee from Brazil scoring 86 will have a vastly different price to a coffee from Yemen with the same score; Brazil being the worlds largest producer of coffee with many farms using mechanised harvesters and comparatively solid infrastructure compared with Yemen with it’s incredibly high altitude farms, small-scale producers, next to no infrastructure and… well it’s a war zone!
It’s a pleasure for us to be tasting samples of coffee from around the world. We get to try incredible coffees, some of which we’re tragically unable to afford, but it is truly one of the most pleasurable parts of the job picking the amazing coffees that we sell to you.