Where Does Our Subscription Coffee Come From?
We source speciality coffees from all around the world.
We’re regularly asked, ‘Where does our subscription coffee come from?’ Well, dependant on the time of year and the coffee harvests at a localised level, we source from many different countries, including Brazil, Colombia, Rwanda and Ethiopia, to name a few. Keep reading to find out more, such as how we source our coffee and what we do when a harvest has finished.
Single Origin Subscription Coffee
When sourcing our coffees, we only source single-origin coffees, from a single farm, estate or washing station. By sourcing from such an accurate source allows us to trace our coffees back to the farm they came from, and to learn a little about the farm and its workers. In turn, we get to share the farm’s story with you.
On every coffee bag that leaves us from Two Chimps HQ, you will find the country of origin, along with the farm or estate where the coffee was grown. You will also find a little about the farm or area on the back of the label, followed by an abundance of information on our website too.
To give you an idea of the stories we love to share, and to showcase where our coffee comes from, we have included some information about one of our current coffees below.
Box of Frogs – El Salvador – Finca San Jose
The Finca San Jose farm has been in the Moreno family for three generations. It is currently run by Rolando.
Before Rolando took over the farm, it had been abandoned for many years. Unfortunately, this happened to a lot of farms in the area due to the price of coffee being so unpredictable as well as reports of coffee leaf rust in the area. Despite these implications, Rolando started getting the farm back on the right track.
Rolando started working on the farm in 2005 and since then has renovated 50 hectares of the farm’s land. There are now over 100 staff who work incredibly hard to ensure everything runs smoothly.
The farm also takes the environment into consideration. All the coffee is shade-grown, which means local birds aren’t disturbed during the harvest season. Rolando and his team also work hard to conserve water as much as possible.
Rolando aims to renovate 10% of the farm each year and replant high quality, rust-resistant varietals.
As mentioned, we only source and roast speciality coffee. Not only do we source from single farms or estates, but the coffee has to be top-notch too.
Speciality coffee has to receive a quality score of 80 points out of 100 or higher. The coffee is scored on several factors, including the number of defects, taste, mouthfeel and aroma, to name a few.
Speciality coffees are bursting at the seams with natural sweetness and flavours. Because of this, we do not have to roast our coffee so dark that it becomes bitter or burnt. Instead, we roast to bring out the individual flavours locked within the green coffee bean.
Our Supply Chain
We work with various coffee trade houses or importers from the UK who give us access to some amazing coffees. Every so often, we receive an offer list from them, packed full of new, tasty coffees from around the world. Tasting notes of the coffee are included too, which helps us choose samples. Once we’ve found a coffee which we love, we will place an order.
We try to keep the supply chain as short as possible. The importer has a direct relationship with the farmer, and we have a direct relationship with the importer. This short supply chain means more revenue is paid to the farmer who will then, in turn, have the opportunity to improve living conditions and the productivity of their farm to have an even better harvest the following year.
Ever Changing Coffees
Because we source our coffees from smaller farms and estates, once a particular coffee has been harvested, roasted and drunk, it is gone. Think of it like picking strawberries from a particular farm, here in the UK. Sure, other strawberries might still be available for picking somewhere else, but when that particular farm has been cleaned out, no more strawberries until next year. Coffee is the same.
When we are coming to the end of a coffee, we will have another ready to replace it with. Although it won’t be exactly the same, this new coffee will have very similar flavours and tastes. Additionally, the country of origin may be different too, depending on when we look to change a coffee and the harvest seasons as mentioned previously.
We don’t see our coffees changing as a bad thing. In fact, we see it as the complete opposite. For instance, this allows you to try lots of different coffees from around the world, over a period of time.
Typically our coffees change every 8-12 months. However, our limited edition range will change more frequently, around 3-4 months.
Limited Edition Coffee
If you’re someone who constantly likes to try new things, our limited edition coffee subscription could be just what you’re after!
Our limited edition coffees will have exciting and unique flavours and may not necessarily follow a particular pattern as our other coffees do.
Depending on the coffee subscription you choose will depend on where the coffee comes from. Currently, we have coffee subscriptions available with coffees from Ethiopia, Colombia, Rwanda, Brazil, El Salvador and Nicaragua. We currently have a decaffeinated coffee from Ethiopia too.
If you were looking to try them all, choose our mystery subscription. We will send you a different coffee from our range of freshly roasted coffees every time your subscription is due. How cool is that?!?
Now you know a bit more about where our subscription coffees come from, why not start one today?
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