January 23, 2020

Single Origin Release: Kenya Kasinga Peaberry

This coffee comes to us from the rolling hills of the Machakos district about 40 miles southwest of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. The coffee in this lot was produced by many smallholder farmers who all belong to the Kasinga Farmers Cooperative Society. The average smallholder farm has about half an acre of farmland planted in coffee, roughly 250 coffee trees. Farmers handpick...
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November 01, 2019

Single Origin Release: Guatemala Santa Isabel

Santa Isabel is situated on 300 acres of high, fertile land in the cool, rainy area of Cobán. The farm is owned and operated by the Valdés family. Luis is the general manager and his son, Luis Jr. (“Wicho”), whose background is in agronomy, acts as the agricultural manager. When the farm was originally planted with Bourbon, Caturra and Catuai varietals, the Cobán region wasn...
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October 11, 2019

Single Origin Release: Colombia Familia Gomez

Metropolis has been purchasing coffee from the Gomez family every year since 2016. Finca La Argentina is owned and managed by Isuara Martinez, her four grown children, and their families. Each of the siblings and Isuara tend to a plot, live in their own houses around the property, and manage the farm collectively. At 2000 meters above sea level, the 6-hectares of farmland is...
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June 18, 2019

Single Origin Release: Costa Rica Perla Negra 2019

Coffees from Las Lajas have been a staple in our annual single-origin lineup for almost 7 years. Las Lajas is located outside the town of Sabanilla in central Costa Rica. The owners, Francisca and Oscar Chacón, are third generation coffee producers known for their attention to detail in every step of production, most notably, their processing procedures. The 38 hectares of l...
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April 25, 2019

Meet Wicho: A Great Coffee Story

As part of our 15th year celebrations, we are highlighting some of our longstanding producer relationships. Check out this short video that tells the story of Guatemala’s Wicho Valdés, and his farms Finca Santa Isabel and Finca San Lorenzo. Wicho’s family has been producing coffee on these farms since 1962, and we were introduced to him in 2015 by our importers Mercanta Cof...
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April 11, 2019
Brew Diligence Day One

Mocha Java: Not Goodbye, Just Goodbye for Now

Due to the seasonality of the unique coffees it contains, we will be transitioning Mocha Java to a seasonal, wintertime offering effective immediately. Over the years, we’ve struggled with how to maintain a fresh inventory of these very specific, irreplaceable components: a naturally processed Ethiopia and a Sumatra. Because fresh crops of these coffees typically come our wa...
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