DIRECT TRADE

Farmers from whom we buy coffee

We prefer to trade our coffee directly because the personal contact with our partners is important to us. 
For all our coffess we pay more than the Fairtrade price to ensure, that the farmers can continue to do their dediated work with so much care and commitmen to quality.
When we cant trade our coffees directly we also source our coffee through Nordic Approach, as they share the same values as we do.

PANAMA

Hacienda La Esmeralda

The world famous Hacienda La Esmeralda has been owned by the Peterson family for generations and is located in the highlands of Boquete in the southwest of the Republic of Panama. Since 2004, their coffees have been known to fetch record-breaking prices at auction, winning the Best of Panama Award several times. Grown at about 1,850 meters above sea level, their coffees have extremely complex aromas and flavors such as jasmine, peach, mango and stone fruit. Since 2019, we have been sourcing their coffees directly and exclusively from Geishas at the highest possible quality level: the Esmeralda “Specials”. Exceptional geishas throughout, which have the most optimal conditions to ripen due to the particularly nutrient-rich volcanic soil in Boquete and the special climatic location between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Part of the income from the sales of these exceptional coffees goes to the infrastructure of the villages of the farm workers, primarily the pickers, who have to do an exceptional job. Your children will be provided with hot meals during the harvest, schools will be renovated and you will receive an annual profit share of at least 30%.

PANAMA

Lamastus Elida Estate

At the 2019 Best of Panama, an Elida Geisha Natural ASD by Wilford Lamastus scored the highest score awarded to date of 95.25 points! The Lamastus family has been producing coffee in the so-called “Elida Estate” for four generations since 1918. Wilford Lamastus’ multi-award winning coffees are produced in ecological conditions that are unique in the world: it is grown in shade, among other things, and the farm is also located at a very high altitude (up to 2100m above sea level) in a microclimate with very low temperatures at night, which benefits the growth and intensity of the coffee cherries. The coffee plants grow on and in the Vulcan Baru National Park – an untouched cloudy rainforest surrounded and can ripen perfectly under the unique microclimate. Since 2019, we have been sourcing coffees (exclusively geisha) directly from Wilford.

PANAMA

Finca Deborah

Finca Deborah is located at an altitude of over 1900 meters and is deeply embedded in the mountains of the Baru volcano. Most of the year the finca is shrouded in a dense cloud cover. The beautiful plantation is nestled in a natural environment where rare plant and animal species are abundant and where primarily Geisha can mature to its full potential under the protection of the rainforest. Finca Deborah’s mission is to grow, process and distribute only the highest quality coffee available in the world. Of particular note are Jamison Savage’s innovative and modern preparation methods, which have resulted in his geishas taking first place at the WBC (World Barista Championships) for years. Since 2020, we have been sourcing his coffees directly.

PANAMA

Lerida Estate

The direct neighbors of Lamastus Elida Estate Farm is the picturesque Finca Lérida. The farm and its coffee plantations also benefit from the unique microclimate around the Boquete region. Finca Lérida was the first coffee plantation in Panama to export coffee to Germany for the first time in 1925. We are very proud and happy about this direct relationship with the farm of the Amoruso family, of which we are the only roastery exclusively for Germany to distribute their wonderful coffees since 2020. 

El SALVADOR

Los Pirineos

In 2018, we added coffees from multiple Cup of Excellence winner Gilberto Baraona to our menu. In fact, two bags of green coffee from Gilberto were part of our first ever green coffee purchase. Since then, the green coffee to our filter “feeder” and the varietal espresso “captain” comes constantly from the farm Los Pirineos.
In early 2020, shortly after we coordinated logistics with him for the new crop at the beginning of the corona epidemic, Gilberto passed away as a result of a corona infection. To this day, this loss is very painful, as he was one of the most experimental coffee producers there was in the industry and, moreover, a wonderful person. His children, respectively his son Diego and his daughter Fabiola, continue to run the farm and bring it to the next generation.

HONDURAS

Caballero

The couple Herrera & Caballero run the approximately 200 hectare farm, from which our green coffee comes, in the second and third family generation respectively. Highest quality and innovative processing techniques are the focus of the farm operators, as a result of which they took third place in the “Coffee of the year” award in 2010, among other things, as well as achieving very good placements in the “Cup of Excellence” in subsequent years. We are proud to say that since 2019 we have been sourcing the green coffee for our single-origin espresso Boje128 consistently from Marysabel and Moises.

COSTA RICA

Don Eli Micro Mill / Carlos Montero

Carlo’s incredible passion, professionalism and dedication to coffee is evident everywhere and no step of the process is left to chance. The coffees we offer come from El Anfiteatro in La Pastora, without a doubt Carlo’s most prestigious and sought after lots year after year. This plantation is located on the top of a famous mountain in Tarrazu called “La Pastora” and offers extremely high altitudes of at least 1900 meters. The microclimate is fantastic for growing coffee plants: The soil is fertile, the air is fresh and cool, on the one hand it rains a lot, but on the other hand the crescent-shaped plot gets the necessary hours of sunshine per day for optimal growth, and the altitude allows the cherries to ripen long and late. Carlos tends this plantation like his baby. To get there, we had to drive up the steep mountainous dirt roads for over 30 minutes. He fertilizes La Pastora’s trees thoughtfully, using various methods to prevent any kind of disease on the coffee plants. We believe that due to the unique position  of thewpml_nbspplantation and the extreme care Carlos gives it, this hillside produces some of the best coffee Costa Rica has to offer crop after crop.
Carlo’s son Jacob does all the processing of the coffees. After Carlos makes the hour-plus drive to sort the extremely ripe cherries that his pickers purposefully select from La Pastora, he takes them to their Don Eli micro “wet mill.” The cherries are placed in fermentation tanks for 48 hours. The 48-hour fermentation in the fruit is what is called “Reposado”, which means letting the coffee rest in the fruit. After 48 hours, Jacob turns on her pulping machine, which ends up with a mechanical demucil bearing. Jacob watches intently as all the cherries are moved through the machine with recycled water. The cherries are mechanically depulped, removing almost all their pulp. Jacob chooses to process coffee from La Pastora in this way because the high quality of the characteristics contained in the seeds does not require additional manipulations during processing and is more environmentally friendly than using a washed process.
Since 2020, we have been sourcing Costa Rican coffees directly from Carlos.

INDIA

Mysore Plantation / Rao Family

The green coffee for our strong espresso blends the “Waseberg”, the “Bergziege” & the varietal Robusta “Anker” we source since 2018 from our partner farm, the Mysore Plantation in Karnataka/India. In addition to Arabica and Robusta coffee, tea is also planted here, which is why the plantation extends over several hundred hectares. Unfortunately, due to the Corona pandemic, we were unable to visit the farm in 2020 and 2021. However, we plan to catch up on this for the next harvest in 2022.

NORWAY

Nordic Approach

We have been working closely with Nordic Approach from Oslo / Norway without interruption since the end of 2017. “Nordic” is our green coffee supplier especially for our African coffees, in particular for our Kenyan filter coffee, the “Möwe” but also for our washed and natural prepared filter coffees the “Funkelfeuer” or the “Nordlicht”.
Both the constant first-class green coffee quality from these countries of origin for us since 2017, but also the sustainable, direct and transparent trade relationship into the origins makes Nordic Approach our most important green coffee supplier for Specialty Coffee.
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