We source our coffee directly and through Royal Coffee. We prefer coffee grown in volcanic loam soil and look for unique flavors and origins. For 2018 some of our favorites are the Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Malawi. Roasting coffee is an exciting venture, leading to travel in parts of the world new to us. In November 2017 we visited Nicaragua and saw the labor involved in producing coffee. Even when a green bean spills on the floor while filling the roaster, we think about how that stray bean was picked by hand. We hope to honor that labor by roasting small batches at a time and giving them our own love and attention.
Cooperativa Regional de Cafeicultores em Guaxupé Ltda.
The Mogiana region, Brazil
Altitude 800-1,200 meters
Soil Volcanic loam
One the most beautiful green coffees to work with this Brazil has wonderful flavors. Notes include chocolate and vanilla with a bit of bright spice. This coffee is roasted into light/medium to keep some of the subtle notes in the final cup. It is great alone and in any preparation. We also use it in our espresso blend.
Brazil Mogiana 17/18 FC SS is sourced from family owned farms organized around the Cooperativa Regional de Cafeicultores em Guaxupé located in the Mogiana growing region, which is split between the states of São Paulo and Minas Gerais, Brazil. The Mogiana region is the most renowned of three major Brazilian growing regions. This region has rolling hills and uneven terrain lending to farms that are small to medium in size. As the world's largest coffee producer, Brazilian producers often use highly mechanized processing strategies to manage larger volumes. Our current offering is Fine Cup (FC) and Strictly Soft (SS), the highest cup category in the Brazilian coffee grading. - Royal Coffee
Edgar Amador, Matagalpa Nicaragua
Altitude 1,300 meters
Varieties Yellow Catauai, Red Caturra
Natural & washed
The coffee from Edgar's farm is wonderful to work with. Roasted as a medium, the brightness of the beans come out with spice and an apricot finish. It pairs well with milk and sugar and makes for a great morning or afternoon coffee. We use this is in our winter espresso blend.
Edgar Amador is a small coffee producer in Jinotega, Nicaragua. His coffee is offered for sale by Gold Mountain Growers, a social enterprise that, in addition to its own farm, works directly with coffee producers to connect them with roasters outside of Nicaragua. Gold Mountain Growers also supports education, social outreach and economic growth in the country.
Central Fronteriza del Norte de Cafetaleros (CENFROCAFE)
San Ignacio, Cajamarca, Peru
Altitude 1250 – 1800 meters
Soil Volcanic loam
Process Fully washed and dried in the sun
This Peru is one of our favorites to work with. The beans have both a butter and fruit notes. This is the lightest roast we do; roasting just past the first crack.
PERU ORGANIC NORTE SHB EP is sourced from family owned farms organized around the Central Fronteriza del Norte de Cafetaleros, which is an umbrella cooperative established in 1999 that supports 80 organizations and 2,000 coffee producers in the region of Cajamarca, Peru. CENFROCAFE provides training and financing aimed at improving coffee quality and yields to increase farmer earnings. - Royal Coffee
* SPRING 2018
Casa Ruiz Estate
Boquete, Chiriquí, Panama
Altitude 1,400 – 1,700 meters
Soil Sandy loam
Process Fully washed and dried in the sun and mechanical driers
Keeping this roast on the lighter side the Panama has a fruity finish tasting of apricots and figs. It is a fantastic single origin coffee.
Panama Boquete Classico is sourced from the Casa Ruiz Estate, a family owned estate located near the town of Boquete between Volcan Buru National Park and La Amistad International Park within the province of Chiriquí, Panama. The Ruiz family has worked in the Boquete coffee industry for three generations. The Ruiz family is also one of the founding donors of the Ngabere literacy program named for the indigenous population called the Ngabe, who work on the estate during the harvest. - Royal Coffee
Mzuzu Coffee Planters Cooperative Union
Chitipa & Mzimba District, Northern Region, Malawi
Altitude 1,300 – 2,000 meters
Soil clay minerals
Process Fully and dried in the sun
Full of aroma and flavor this well-balanced roast has vibrant tasting notes ; chocolate, caramel, fig, lemon. Roasted just into the second crack, the Malawi is one of the beans we use in our fall espresso blends. Small beautiful robust beans - lots of flavor in the cup.
This coffee is sourced from family-owned farms organized around the Mzuzu Coffee Planters Cooperative Union, which is an umbrella organization operating in the North Region, Malawi. The Northern Region shares a border with Lake Malawi, one of the African Great Lakes known for its rich diversity of wildlife. The Mzuzu cooperative provides support to 3000 members in six regional cooperatives where the average producer cultivates .5 hectares of land. The Mzuzu cooperative emphasizes gender equity and supports community improvement projects, including the construction of a hospital with the help of coffee premiums. - Royal Coffee
Berlin, Costa Rica
Altitude 900 - 1,000 meters
Shade grown, wet-processed
The area around Berlin, Costa Rica, has a long history of producing some of the best coffee in Costa Rica. At 3000 feet elevation, the area produces shade-grown hard Arabica beans, prized over the world for their distinctive aroma and flavor. Much of the Berlin crop is purchased by European importers from the many small third-generation farmers who manage neighboring farms.
From the initial hand picking of the red coffee berries to the final roasting, the coffee beans are carefully wet-processed through seven specific, time-honored steps to preserve the distinctive taste and aroma of the beans from this unique microclimate. - Clay & Coffee
This coffee comes direct to us from the farm. One of the owners of the farm, Elena, was a good friend to Mercedes' father. Before his passing in 2016 he connected the two of them to discuss coffee. Mercedes and Elena have become friends resulting in the first direct trade relationship for Queen Anne Roasters. The coffee is all chocolate in the cup, with a hint of warm spice and earth.
Smallholder farmers from the Mbinga District
Mbinga District, Ruvuma Region, Tanzania
Altitude 1200 – 1800 meters
Soil Volcanic loam
Process Fully washed and dried in raised beds
The peaberry is a unique coffee. The fruit of coffee plants normally contain two seeds - "beans" - that grow in the same pod. The peaberry is only one "bean" - or a single seed. It grows round and looks more like a nut. We roast our peaberry coffee into a nice medium. It is a personal favorite with distinct flavors of salt, earth and soy. A delicious and smooth drip coffee with all of those earthy flavors.
Tanzania Ruvuma Peaberry is sourced from family-owned farms organized around Soochak Bush and Tropex, two companies that began collaborating in 1999 to improve coffee production in the Mbinga district of Tanzania. The Mbinga district is located in the southwestern corner of the Ruvuma region and shares a border with Mozambique and Lake Nyasa (also called Lake Malawi), one of the African Great Lakes known for its rich diversity of wildlife. Soochak Bush and Tropex provide critical support to the small producers, including the operation of a dry mill and logistics to transport and export coffee from the port city of Dar es Salaam, which is more than 1000 kilometers from the Mbinga district. To ensure improved post-harvest processing, Soochak Bush and Tropex have rehabilitated 8 existing wet mills, built 13 new centralized wet mills, and another 8 micro-wet mills. Cherries are hand sorted, soaked so floaters can be removed, depulped, fermented for 2 to 3 days, washed in channels, dried on raised beds, and then sorted again at the dry mill. Farmers are paid for parchment during the harvest and paid a share of profits after export. - Royal Coffee
PAPAU NEW GUINEA
* January 2018
Coffee producers organized around the Kuta mill
Tambul-Nebilyer District, Papua New Guinea
Altitude 1350 meters
Soil Volcanic loam
We are very excited to pick up this coffee in the early part of January. The tasting notes include herbal, tropical fruit and chocolate. We shall see after we roast it - we plan to take in just past a medium. Papua New Guinea Nebilyer Valley A 16+ is sourced from family owned farms located in the Nebilyer Valley within Tambul-Nebilyer District, Papua New Guinea. Each producer cultivates coffee on 1 to 2 hectares of land. The coffee is fully washed and sun dried at the Kuta mill, which has been in operation for over 40 years. - Royal Coffee
Pedamaran Farm & PT Toarco Jaya
Bokin, Rantebua, North Toraja Regency, South Sulawesi, Indonesia
Altitude 1400 - 2000 meters
Soil Volcanic loam
Tasting notes of orange, caramel, chocolate and pepper. We roast this bean into the second crack producing a very large bean with a unique sweetness. It has a bit of spice and acid, in citrus notes. It is a favorite. We also use this bean when making whiskey aged coffee. We age the green bean for a month inside of Woodinville Whiskey casket, producing an incredible cold brew for the spring and summer months.
Sulawesi Toarco Jaya AA Fully Washed GrainPro is sourced from the Toraja people, an indigenous group from the central mountain region on the southern part of Sulawesi Island (formerly known as Celebes), Indonesia. The coffee is processed at the PT Toarco Jaya Estate, a joint Japanese and Indonesian coffee venture established in 1976. PT Toarco Jaya Estate is one of just a handful of Indonesian producers that utilizes a fully-washed process. PT Toarco Jaya Estate also has a long history of contributing to the region's economic development and social improvement programs. - Royal Coffee