Where Do Our Gift Subscriptions Coffees Come From?
Here at Two Chimps Coffee, we source coffee from all over the world.
Depending on the time of year, and, in turn, the coffee harvests, we source coffees from countries like Brazil, Rwanda, Papua New Guinea, Ethiopia, Colombia, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, to name a few!
Today, we are going to show you where our gift subscription coffees come from, and how we source them.
Our gift subscription contains the same freshly roasted speciality coffees as our regular subscriptions. The main difference between the two types is that with a regular subscription, you pay for the coffee as and when your subscription is due. With a gift subscription, payment is taken upfront for a set amount of deliveries.
Let’s Start With The Coffee Itself
We only source and roast speciality coffees. Speciality coffee is a very high grade of Arabica coffee and in turn, produces high-quality coffees. Throughout its life, speciality coffee is cared and nurtured to ensure the best possible harvest. The better the quality of the harvest, the more chance of a coffee becoming speciality and therefore, demanding a higher price.
For a coffee to be given the speciality title, it must first receive a quality score of 80 or above. Anything below 80, and the coffee will be classed as commodity-grade coffee instead. Coffee is scored on factors such as aroma, taste, mouthfeel along with the number of defects found per 100 beans too.
Our page on Coffee Scoring is well worth a read for more information if you have a minute to spare.
Not only are all the coffees we source speciality coffees, but they are all single-origin too. Single-origin usually means that coffee has come from a single country. In the case of our coffees, it means they have come from one single farm, estate or washing station within the country. By knowing exactly where our coffees come from allows us firstly, complete traceability, and secondly, to share the stories of the farmers, their families and the workers with you.
You will find the country of origin, along with the farm or the estate that the coffee was grown on the front of the label. You will also find more information about the farm on the back of the label too. For even more information, look for the ‘nuts and bolts’ on each coffee when browsing our shop.
Origins of Our Coffees
Our coffees change from time to time, but currently, the origins of our current coffees are:
Welcome To Another Day – Halaka Hambella – Ethiopia
Organised Chaos – San Lorenzo – Colombia
Round Hole, Square Peg – Fazenda Recreio – Brazil
88 Minutes Past 3 – La Cascada – Honduras
Isle of View – Limu – Ethiopia
The Kittens Onesie – Paraiso – Nicaragua
Flip Flops In The Rain – La Bolsa – Guatemala
How We Source Our Coffees
As mentioned, we source our coffees from all over the world. With the help of an importer, we have a closer relationship with the coffee farmers. We make sure that our supply chain is as short as possible too. With less in the chain, more makes it back to the farm and its workers. This revenue can be used to pay staff, invest in new equipment or techniques, or work toward an even better harvest next season.
When choosing a new coffee, we start the process by ordering samples. To taste the samples, we will use a process known as coffee cupping.
When cupping, everything is compiled in the same way. The coffees are ground the same, have the same amount of water poured over them and will be given the same amount of time to brew. Keeping everything the same allows the individual characteristics of the coffee to shine, rather than the brew method or the brew time interfering with the results.
Before we pour the water, we conduct a smell test of the aromas. As a team, we discuss and make notes. Next, the water is poured. After a short time, a crust will form on top of the coffee which is broken by stirring. The crust is removed and we smell again.
After a set time, we taste the coffee. However, rather than gulping the coffee like we all do first thing in the morning, we slurp the coffee from a cupping spoon. Doing this allows the coffee to coat our mouths so we can decide on its mouthfeel. It also allows the coffee to touch each part of our tongues so we can taste all the coffee has to offer. We will continue to taste each coffee discussing as we go. As the coffees begin to cool, we will conduct our final slurps before we stop and discuss. As a team, we will discuss our favourites before coming together to decide on a favourite.
Ever Changing Coffees
As a result of the harvesting seasons, our coffees change from time to time. Once a coffee has been picked, harvested, processed, roasted and drunk, it is gone for good. Even though the coffee will grow again next year, factors such as a climate will have a huge impact on the flavours and characteristics of the coffee, meaning the coffee will never taste the same, even though it grows on the same farm.
The time of year we are looking for new coffee will decipher what coffee is available to us. Different countries have different harvest seasons, and, as we are always looking for great, fresh coffee we always choose new over old.
When we start to run low on a particular coffee, we already have another coffee ready in the wings. The new coffee won’t be identical to the one it is replacing; however, we will get as close as we can in regards to roast style and tasting notes. For instance, if the coffee being replaced had an apple-like acidity, we would look for a similar acidity in its replacement.
Our gift subscriptions are a fantastic gift for the coffee lover in your life. Now you know where our gift subscription coffees come from, let’s go shopping!
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