Available now - Colombian Huila Pitalito

Its that time again.......time to introduce Fratello's newest Single Origin coffee.  This time it is a very impressive Colombian, one that is going to make Colombian coffee "Specialty Coffee" again.  You have to try this as it is truly an amazing cup.

Fratello's NEW Crop arrival, is the Colombian Huila (wheel-a) Pitalito (pit-a-lee-toe).  It is a notably clean cup with sweet orange and butter vanilla aromas.  The flavor notes of maple and caramel linger along with a bright green apple acidity.  This coffee gave a cupping score of 88.5 !!

Pitalito is a small micro climate with in Huila, and is situated in the center of a rich plateau at 1,350 meters above sea level, and coffee is grown as high as 1,500 meters.  This particular coffee was purchased through the ASOPROCAPI Cooperative.

The ASOPROCAPI cooperative works with 196 families and 205 coffee farms.  They are very well known as a specialized cooperative who only works with select coffee growers, and is very particular with their cleaning, sorting and grading methods.

We have been trying to find a specific farm/Estate to work with, but Colombia is known for its very small producers, and large cooperatives (similar to Ethiopia and Kenya).    (more…)

Brazil Sete Cachoeiras Estate wins first place at SCAA 2008

I wanted to let you all know that the Brazil Sete Cachoeiras Estate - Rainforest Alliance coffee was given an award at the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) this year to recognize their quality among all the Rainforest Alliance Coffee produced.

When I went out for dinner with Renato Farhat Brito and his father Marcel Renato Brito, the owners of this estate, they had mentioned that when they entered this contest, they entered the exact same Lot of coffee we chose to import.