Monday, September 1, 2008

Rainforest Alliance- Ethiopia Sidamo Koratie

From the Rainforest Alliance website

Rainforest Alliance Certified means:

Less water pollution as all sources of contamination (pesticides and fertilizers, sediment, wastewaters, garbage, fuels and so on) are controlled.Less soil erosion as farms implement soil conservation practices such as planting on contours and maintaining ground cover.

Reduced threats to the environment and human health as the most dangerous pesticides are prohibited, all agrochemical use is strictly regulated, farmers must use mechanical and biological pest controls where possible and strive to reduce both the toxicity and quantity of chemicals used.

Wildlife habitat is protected as deforestation is stopped, the banks of rivers are protected with buffer zones, critical ecosystems such as wetlands are protected and forest patches on farms are preserved.

Less waste as farm by-products such as banana stems, coffee pulp, orange peels and un-marketable foliage are composted and returned to the fields as natural fertilizer. Other wastes, such as plastics, glass and metals are recycled where possible.

Less water used as water conservation measures are applied in washing and packing stations, housing areas and irrigation.

More efficient farm management as the certification program helps farmers organize, plan, schedule improvements, implement better practices, identify problems and monitor progress.

Improved conditions for farm workers -- who are getting fair wages, decent housing, clean drinking water, sanitary facilities and a safe and wholesome work area. Workers and their families have access to schools, health care, transportation and training.

Improved profitability and competitiveness for farmers who have increased production, improved quality, reduced worker complaints and increased worker efficiency. The Rainforest Alliance Certified seal of approval gives the farmers more leverage at the time of sale, product differentiation, premium prices and improved access to credit.

Ethiopia Washed Organic Sidamo Koratie-New Offering!

Sidamo is often wild and winey. It adds a spicy addition to many of my favorite blends. This Sidamo is as smooth and clean as any Central American that I have cupped. This is lighter than the Mexico Chiapas- a bit closer to a Kuaia coffee. Certifications include Certified Organic and Rainforest Alliance.

What does "Washed" mean? In this method, the fruit covering the beans is removed before they are dried. It is called wet processed or washed coffee. The green coffee is sorted by immersion in water- unripe fruit floats and good ripe fruit sinks. After the pulp is removed by various methods, what is left is the bean surrounded by two additional layers, the silver skin and the parchment. The beans must be dried to a water content of about 10% before they are stable. Coffee beans can be dried in the sun or by machine but in most cases it is dried in the sun to 12-13% moisture and brought down to 10% by machine. Drying entirely by machine is normally only done where space is at a premium or the humidity is too high for the beans to dry before mildewing.
When dried in the sun coffee is most often spread out in rows on large patios where it needs to be raked every six hours to promote even drying and prevent the growth of mildew. Some coffee is dried on large raised tables where the coffee is turned by hand. Drying coffee this way has the advantage of allowing air to circulate better around the beans promoting more even drying but increases cost and labor significantly.

After the drying process (in the sun and/or through machines), the parchment skin or pergamino is thoroughly dry and crumbly, and easily removed in the Hulling process. Coffee occasionally is sold and shipped in parchment or en pergamino, but most often a machine called a huller is used to crunch off the parchment skin before the beans are shipped.

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Mexico Chiapas Fair Trade Organic

I have just cupped and roasted my first batch of Mexico Chiapas. When I enter a cafe that roasts their own coffee, I order the Mexico Chiapas, if available. For me, this is an easy test to determine whether their coffee is fresh and the artistry, or lack thereof, in roasting. In my preliminary roasts of this coffee, I taste an extremely smooth and full-bodied coffee with some berry aromatics and nutty and chocolately notes.
Chiapas is the southernmost state of Mexico, near Guatemala. It contains only 3% of Mexico's population. Chiapas is an economically underdeveloped state. For these reasons, I am happy to carry this Fair Trade coffee so that the coffee farmers can receive a decent price for their green coffee beans.

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Chazzano Carefree Coffee Club- Coming Soon!

We are introducing a new service- the Chazzano Carefree Coffee Club. Every month, we will automatically ship fresh, delicious, Chazzano coffee to your door. Just tell us how many pounds, and if you prefer a specific coffee or would rather we surprise you, you will always have delicious Chazzano coffee on hand. Never again will you face that moment when you realize that you have just scooped out the last bit of coffee in the bag and may settle for someone else's coffee. With the Chazzano Carefree Coffee Club, there will always be more of your favorite, "singing good" coffee. Good Coffee Makes You Sing.