There’s a huge difference between the overall coffee industry and the speciality coffee sector. On one hand, the overall coffee industry is mainly dominated by large multinational companies which supply cheap, basic products in supermarkets. On the other hand, speciality coffee roasters make up a very small percentage of the industry and are closely involved with the entire coffee cycle from farming to processing to roasting. At U-Roast, we are proud to sell a range of Rainforest Alliance Certified green coffee beans from 8 different countries across 4 different continents, ensuring our customers receive quality coffee beans that are ethically sourced.
Check out our coffee variety below!
El Botan Farm, Colombia
El Boton is a single state coffee farm from the Maragopipe variety since 1931. The farm was a very special ecosystem: this land is located at 1350 metres above sea level, has an annual precipitation of 2400mm, and has humidity and soil conditions for growing the best Maragogipe beans in the market.
In addition they have a farm shade growth production. The shade gives the beans the right humidity and temperature conditions to create the right cup characteristics. The beans are handpicked from the branch only when ripe and are carefully dried and selected.
In the northwest of Guatemala, on the border with Mexico, Huehuetenango is located at the foot of the Cuchumatanes, the highest non-volcanic mountain range in Central America; it is one of the best regions in Guatemala for coffee production.
Although primarily a mountainous region, with alitutudes ranging from 850 to 3700 metres, the region has an extraordinary variety of ecosystems (from subtropical forest to pine thickets). Coffee is practically a monoculture in Huehuetenango and the local economy depends on its export.
Bayukidul Farm, Java
The Bayukidul Estate is a 100 hectare coffee plantation located in the heart of East Java amongst small-hold clove and sugar cane farms. The coffee is grown at some 900-1200m around the village of Bondowoso, on the lower slopes of the two active volcanoes. This terrain is highly fertile and ideal for growing these speciality coffees.
During the 1600s, the Dutch introduced coffee to Southeast Asia. They brought coffee trees to places like Bali and Sumatra, where it’s grown today. Another island they began planting coffee on was Java, and it’s from this island that the name “java” arose.
PNG coffees are revered for their interesting acidity and high variety. Kenta A grade is grown in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea on the outskirts of the town of Goraka at an altitude of 1600m above sea level. Many New Guinea plantations are actually collections of traditional “coffee gardens”, small plots of as little as 20 plants grown alongside subsistence crops.
The labour in the processing operation is from the surrounding villages and ranges through the year from 20 up to 60 people in the peak season. The total community in the area who rely on the coffee exports is around 10,000 to 12,000 people.
Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union, Ethiopia
In the southwest Ethiopian region of Limu, the Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative is a union of 34 small cooperatives benefiting over 22,000 smallholder famer members. Oromia is the region where coffee first originated. Limu coffee is grown at about 1100-1800m above sea level.
OCFCU pays 70% of its net profit back to the cooperatives and the cooperatives also pay 70% of their profit to the member farmers. This shows that farmers are benefited by being paid three times in one coffee season. The life of farmers has improved and they now have social service in their village.
Bani Mattar Region, Yemen
Authentic Mocha coffee is from Yemen and Matari coffee is perhaps its best known. This is very high altitude of coffee, grown between 1980-2130m, results in small concentrated beans.
Not much has changed over the centuries as to how Yemen coffee is processed. In the manner of all natural coffees the fruit pulp and skin are left to dry while still attached to the beans. Once dried the husk is removed using a millstone. The varietals used in growing this coffee are ancient, heirloom species.
Roast it lightly and unevenly to accentuate the acidity and wild character. Dark roasts which often mask delicate flavours and floral notes in some coffees, can bring out hidden depth with this one.
Pambadampara Farm, India
Situated at an altitude of 1127m, the estate was first developed by JJ Murphy, often referred to as the pioneer of planters in India. It owns the reputation of being the first organised cardamom plantation of the country. Coffee was introduced here as early as 1965. Now spread over 1000 acres of prolific coffee plantation interspersed with forest trees.
Pambadampara Farm is the winner of the Regional Fine Cup Award, instituted by Indian Coffee Board, for washed Arabicas continuously for the last 8 years. It is now run by S.B Prabhakar, the 4th generation planter, who is steadily making valuable additions to enrich the estate.
Fazenda Rio Verde, Brazil
Rio Verde was founded in 1887 and is one of the oldest farms in Brazil. Located in the heart of the Mantiqueira de Minas Mountains, this 1500 hectares farm is a true natural sanctuary, where coffees are grown at elevations of up to 1300m above sea level, surrounded by virgin forests, waterfalls, springs and hiking trails.
The Rio Verde Institute was created in 2003 to organise and encourage our employees’ community integration activities by motivating, supporting and participating in social and educational initiatives, becoming a reference in environmental education and involvement within its area of operation.
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