The specialty arabica coffees of Africa are considered to be some of the world's finest. The high elevations and soil conditions are optimal for coffee production.
There are significant differences from one country to another, but in general, washed African arabica coffees are bright, balanced and contain a citrus, berry or floral essence.
Brazil essentially dominates the continent in terms of its size and overall production, where as Colombia dominates from a cupping standpoint. We purchase primarily from Colombia, Brazil and Peru, but at times will get involved with Bolivia and Ecuador for the right coffees.
Brazilian coffees for the most part are unwashed, with some of the better qualities being produced in Cerrado and Minas Gerias and perhaps other lesser know areas such as Mogiana. Colombia, in our opinion, produces some of the finer balanced washed coffees in the world and we have access to all growing areas with our focus generally in Huila, Medellin, and Bucaramanga. We do a fair amount of Perus, which we normally find light in body, but for the most part we are involved with the organic varietals.
Mexico and Central America
Central America, in general, produces a very nice consistent washed Arabica coffee. There are distinct differences from country to country as you move south from Mexico to Panama. There are also very defined and unique micro-climates in each country that produces distinctly different coffees and profiles.
We, have a particular fondness for Guatemalan, Costa Rican and Panamanian coffees, but you can find exceptional coffees in most all of these countries.