Sumatra Sidikalang Tabu Jamu

Fratello Coffee is introducing a new Sumatran coffee to our clients.  The Sumatran Sidikalang Tabu Jamu will be available to everyone in early August.  We have been exploring the Lintong region this year and had recently been promoting a coffee from there.  We have been fine tuning our sourcing skills and are narrowing down the specific regions we want to work in.

We found that this natural processed Tabu Jamu had chocolate cinnamon and toffee aromas with a lingering syrupy body, followed by mild earthy and clean flavors of smoked red apples.   We gave this a cupping score of 88.

If you want to know where the arabica growing areas are in Sumatra, it is easy to find them on a map using Lake Toba and Lake Tawar as reference points. Both lakes are located in the volcanic highlands of Northern Sumatra.  Tabu Jamu was purchased by the private exporter Yudi Putra.  

Yudi Putra is in the town of Sidikalang which is situated on Lake Toba.  Lake Toba is the massive, doughnut shaped lake. A tremendous amount of coffee is grown around this lake, primarily along the Western side. In recent years full sun hybrid coffees have been introduced here.  

They take great care in the preparation of all coffee and this particular selection was processed with a Double Pick - Hand Selection (has passed through the grading process twice to ensure only the best beans pass through) creating a much cleaner, more acidic cup profile than the traditional heavy earth profile found in Mandhelings.    (more…)

Ethiopian Kembata - natural processed coffee

Fratello Coffee has another new region we are bring forward to our clients.  This natural processed coffee will be available early August.  We found that this Kembata had notable winey aromas of blueberry and strawberry's. The lemon/lime acidity finishes clean with lingering sweet flavors of black cherry and blueberries, and gave this a cupping score of 89.   You have to try this coffee as a single origin is truly unique.

The Kambata region Is located about 350 miles outside of Addis Ababa in south-western Ethiopia between the Bilate and Omo (Gibe) rivers north of Kenya.  "Kambataland" strectches far across the lip of the Rift Valley reaching 2000 meters in altitude.  The Kambata people are comprised of 100 different clans and groups that now all share the language of Kembatinga.   It is one of the most densely populated places in all of Africa and is currently in the midst of ecological crisis.  (more…)

Honduran Cup of Excellence 2008 - Las Amazonas

Yesterday was the online auction for the 2008 Honduras Cup of Excellence competition, and Fratello Coffee is happy to say, that we have won another Lot of coffee, and are the ONLY Canadian company to win one.   This is always an exciting process, and is particularly long, when you are also one of the 26 judges from around the world to actually participate in the competition at origin.

The judging process is a 4 day cupping extravaganza that allows you to taste the best coffees that country has to offer.  It starts out with the national cupping jury to taste all the entries and separate all the coffees that score an 84 or higher.

The next event bring the international jury into to rank all of these coffee to pick the final farms that qualify as a Cup of Excellence coffee (again anything over 84).  Every coffee gets tasted by each judge from 4 - 12 times and will be scored, and described each time.  Very tiring, but very rewarding.

When you walk away from the competition, you have experienced the best of this country as well as had the opprotunity to discover many different micro regions that had never been descovered until this time.  (more…)

Job Opportunity - Logistics Manager

Ok, Fratello is looking to fill a position within the company: Logistics Manager.

Here is what the position entails. If your interested, please email a resume to Jason Prefontaine: jason(at) We're looking to hire right away, so if you or someone you know needs to work here, we definitely want to hear from you and will fill you in on all the details.



Position:             Logistics Manager 

Basic Purpose:

Responsible to provide professional and positive leadership to the logistics department, managing the physical finished goods inventory warehouse, coordinating all inbound and outbound logistics, inventory management and team leadership, focusing on quality and excellence.