We love artfully roasting & brewing coffees to bring out the best flavor profiles from our farmers’ beans. But before it ever gets to us, the way that coffee is processed at origin can dramatically change the way that it tastes. Understanding the differences between two popular methods —“washed” and “natural” process — can help you discover more coffees that you love.
You can modify it how you roast it. But for me, it's the sweetness and for Setapoung in Laos it's the cleanliness. It's the cleanest cup every year. They pick the best, they dry the best. They put more attention into their coffee than any of the other villages. I commonly say their coffees are as sweet as their community, because they are the sweetest people.
Like many other Costa Rican coffee farms, Enrique’s farm relies on seasonal migrant workers from Panama—often the indigenous Ngäbe-Buglé people who make a demanding journey that leaves the population in a state of mixed documentation, limited resources, and host to human rights abuses. Migrant farm workers can stay in warehouse-type buildings—40-60 people to each structure—with usually no sanitation, plumbing, mattresses, or privacy.
Enrique gives us a tour of his family's coffee farm in Costa Rica and shares how he is working to improve the conditions for his workers.
100% of your purchases on Saturday, June 6 will be donated to organizations fighting racial injustice including Northwest Community Bailout Fund, Black Lives Matter King County, and Equal Justice Initiative.