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  1. Papua New Guinea

    Papua New Guinea

    Papua New Guinea is often lumped in with Indonesian coffees. But it is distinct in nearly every way.

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  2. Flores


    Flores is small by island standards, just about 360 kilometers end to end. It is in the Indonesian archipelago, between Sumbawa and Timor islands.

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  3. Costa Rica

    Costa Rica

    If there is a problem with Costa Rica coffee, it's the fact that it can lack distinction; it is straightforward, clean, softly acidic, mild.

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  4. Dominican Republic

    Dominican Republic

    Good news, Sammy Sosa ...the Dominican produces more than mild cigars. It has a tradition of coffee production that dates back several centuries now.

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  5. Mexico


    Mexican coffee originates from South-central to Southern regions of the country.

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  6. Uganda


    he variety of wild Robusta coffee still growing today in Uganda's rain forests are thought to be some of the rarest examples of naturally occurring coffee trees anywhere in the world.

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  7. Nicaragua


    Nicaraguan coffees have a wide range of flavor attributes. Some cup like Mexican coffees from Oaxaca, others have a more pronounced acidity.

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  8. El Salvador

    El Salvador

    El Salvador coffee had a poor reputation for years, marred mostly by the inability to deliver coffee of high quality within an unstable social climate.

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  9. Panama


    Coffee from Panama was once overlooked and under-rated, but not any longer.

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  10. Ethiopia


    Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee: it is in the forests of the Kaffa region that Coffea Arabica grew wild.

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  11. Decaf


    Green coffee is decaffeinated before roasting. This process changes the color of the green coffee: it varies from light brown (Natural and CO-2) to green-brown (MC and Swiss Water Process -SWP- decafs).

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  12. Australia


    Okay, it is a continent and an island. But how do you classify Australian coffee?

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Saint Helena

Saint Helena

A long time back we had some unique wet-process coffee offerings from the small farms of Saint Helena. We keep this page up simply to remind people of the unique coffee history of the island. Saint Helena is a volcanic island in the South Atlantic Ocean. It is one of the most isolated islands in the world and is about 5 x 10 miles in size. It currently has a population of about 4,250. The island was uninhabited when discovered by the Portuguese in 1502. For centuries, it was an important stopover for ships sailing to Europe from Asia and South Africa. The British also used the island as a place of exile, most notably for Napoleon.


The isolation of the island and the early coffee plantings meant that these are old Bourbon or Typica plants, and are quite genetically pure. The altitude is better than most island coffees, and colder climates at this latitude and altitude mean the coffee ripens more slowly on the tree. There are many challenges though, and largest among them is a chronic labor shortage of willing workers.


The last time we cupped samples of Saint Helena coffee it was awful, baggy, damaged by time and humidity. It has potential; I remember a bright, sweet cup with floral hints. But this matters little when you can't process the coffee and transport it without damaging the flavors. At this point we don't have a lot of faith in their quality control. If they will ship us old baggy coffee and think we would accept it just to stock this limited coffee, they underestimate us. Cup quality comes first, the rest is incidental. The coffee is available online in the UK sometimes, but I will warn you away from this coffee as, even on a small scale, you are risking similar poor cup quality at very high prices.

In 2004, we weren't expecting much from this Saint Helena shipment.


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