Foglifter's Current Single Origin Offerings

We work closely with our coffee importers to carry the coffees we love produced by farmers and co-operatives who care. After decades in the business and on the ground around the world, Emeryville-based Royal Coffee and Vancouver-based West Coast Coffee Traders have cultivated these relationships and are pleased to pass along the knowledge they've earned. We are delighted to share these details with you.


 

Ricardo Zelaya Santa Clara Honey

PRODUCER DIRECT COFFEE - SANTA CLARA SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
CHERRY - DUTCHED CHOCOLATE - MARZIPAN
Medium Roast

We first came across Ricardo's coffee way back in 2007 through our previous shop, Bean Around The World - Main & 20th. It is a privilege to delve deeper into this relationship today. This particular coffee was selected with Katia Zelaya's assistance during our trip to Antigua and Finca Carrizal this spring. Read more about our visit and your contributions to their Santa Clara Scholarship Program - an ambitious, evolving program that is creating transformative opportunities for the people who produce this coffee.

This coffee is sourced from Finca Santa Clara, the Zelaya estate farm established in 1930 in Antigua where meticulous rows of shade-grown coffee plants work their way up the mountainside to an altitude of 1800 masl., offering pristine growing conditions for a range of varieties as well as breathtaking views of the city and its surrounding volcanos.

The honey process of allowing the washed coffee to ferment and dry with its sticky, sugary mucilage intact imbues the beans with warmth and deep sweetness while maintaining a pleasant acidity and clean mouthfeel. In the cup you will find all the hallmarks of a classic Antigua coffee. We are tasting bright cherry, mellow, earthy chocolate and the aromatic sweetness of marzipan.

It is a thrill to share this coffee with you. We give way to let the Zelaya family tell their story here... 

"It all started in Antigua Valley in 1908, when Ricardo’s great grandfather had the vision of getting involved in the coffee industry. Immediately, he started acquiring properties in different parts of Guatemala, which became the beautiful coffee farms we have today. Family members of the generations that followed him grew up surrounded by coffee plantations and devoted their lives to the quality and production of coffee, becoming some of the first coffee exporters from Guatemala.

Management of the farms was passed on from generation to generation. It was until 1989 when Ricardo Zelaya, the fourth generation of coffee growers, completed his degree in agribusiness from Zamorano and the University of Florida, and eagerly started transforming the farms into what they are today. This moment marked the beginning of our company, with a small but passionate crew excited to work hard and produce the highest quality coffee in the world. 

Over 25 years later, we are now a strong team under Ricardo’s wings. A team who is committed and in love with the gallant beverage they produce and their social and environmental responsibilities. Ricardo’s laugh, philosophy, and passion are the key factors in the success of our happy business culture and our internationally recognized coffees."

  • Growers: Ricardo Zelaya Coffee

  • Region: Antigua, Guatemela

  • Altitude: 1,550 - 1,890 meters

  • Variety: Borboncito

  • Harvest: February 2018

  • Soil: Volcanic soil

  • Process: Honey Process - depulped, dried on raised African drying beds.


Sumatra Mandheling Organic Coffee

Sumatra Mandheling Gayo Organic

ORGANIC
MEDJOOL DATES - WHISKEY - EARTH
Dark Roast

On the mountainous island of Sumatra, volcanic, rich soil is ideal for growing coffee and the coffee trees here were originally brought to Indonesia in the early 19th century by the Dutch, who sought to break the world-wide Arabic monopoly on the cultivation of coffee. This coffee came from small holder farmers ( 0,25 Ha - 1 Ha /farmer) whose main income comes from coffee. Every farm uses shade trees and harvests carefully by hand picking and drying by sunshine. “Mandailing”, spelled here correctly, is technically an ethnic group in Indonesia, not a region, as is Batak. The unique method used in its production results in a very full body with a concentrated flavour, garnished with herbal nuances and a spicy finish.

  • Growers: Smallholder farmers.

  • Region: Batak Region of Aceh in West-Central Sumatra.

  • Altitude: 1,110 - 1,600 meters

  • Variety: Catimor, Typica, Tim Tim and Ateng

  • Process: Triple-picked before traditional Giling basah wet-hulling and sun-drying.

  • Certifications: Organic, Rainforest Alliance, UTZ

Sumatra Mandheling Organic

Honduras Comsa

HAZELNUT - COCOA - DRIED FIG
Medium Roast

Honduras Comsa is sourced from Café Organico Marcala, S.A. (COMSA), an association with 641 coffee farmers in the Marcala region, a protected designation of origin (DENOMINACION DE ORIGEN CAFE DE MARCALA) within the department of La Paz, Honduras. It is an inspiring story of having a strong vision and improving with every step.

Formed in 2001 to combat a history of poor wages stemming from predatory pricing and underwhelming quality, the newly formed COMSA members made the massive, destabilizing decision to slash yields for the long view of sustainable, organic farming methods and an ethos that improves the whole community not just the coffee and the land. Even as disillusioned farmers dropped out, COMSA pressed on with their innovative practices to transform their lands into integrated organic farms – promoting soil and water conservation, and the preservation of local plant and wildlife. Before long, members began to see improvements in coffee yields, better family relationships and then a rapid growth in membership.

In 2016, COMSA launched the Diplomado Organico, a week-long intensive training program that not only teaches innovative organic farming techniques, but also helps broaden perspectives for small-scale farmers on the relationship between their work, the ecosystem and the health of communities on both sides of the supply chain. COMSA has also significantly increased the participation of women within the organization, which has resulted in a successful women’s group that has established their own farmers' market to sell home-grown organic produce.

  • Grower: Café Organico Marcala, S.A. (COMSA)

  • Region: Marcala, La Paz, Honduras

  • Altitude: 1,372 - 1,700 meters

  • Variety: Bourbon, Catuai, Caturra, Lempira, Pacas, and Typica

  • Harvest: November - February

  • Soil: Clay minerals

  • Process: Fully washed and dried in the sun and mechanical driers


Brazil Seven Falls RFA Sul de Minas

RAINFOREST ALLIANCE - UTZ CERTIFIED
PECAN - CHOCOLATE - RIPE RED FRUITS
Medium Roast

We are proud to share that our latest coffee from Brazil is both Rainforest Alliance and UTZ-certified - designations that ensure the coffee in your cup is entirely traceable and has been produced with strict adherence to rigorous sustainable, environmental and social standards. Grown on the Sete Cocheries farm in the Sul de Minas region, this coffee delivers the full-bodied, rich and snappy sweetness that is reliably delicious season after season.

  • Grower: Sete Cocheries

  • Region: Sul de Minas, Brazil

  • Altitude: 850 - 1,030 meters

  • Variety: Acaia and Catuai

  • Process: Semi-washed and patio-dried.

  • Certifications: Rainforest Alliance, UTZ

Coffee farm in Brazil Sul de Minas

Costa Rica El Poeta

COLA - BING CHERRY - NOUGAT
Medium Roast

Costa Rica El Poeta SHB EP is sourced from family-owned farms located near San Rafael de San Ramón within the province of Alajuela, Costa Rica. Producers collaborate with an export company called Café de Altura de San Ramón Especial S.A. to gain access to technical support for best agricultural practices. The partnership has helped to improve quality, increase earnings from coffee sales, and strengthen family livelihoods.

  • Grower: Julia Vega Rodríguez, Olman Cruz Vega, Ricardo Chávez Garita, and Juan Bautista Mejia Rojas

  • Region: San Rafael de San Ramón, Alajuela, Costa Rica

  • Altitude: 1,100 meters

  • Variety: Catuai and Caturra

  • Harvest: November - February

  • Soil: Volcanic loam

  • Process: Fully washed and dried in the sun and mechanical driers.


Guatemala Atitlan Renacimieto Cerro Pecul

FAIR TRADE - ORGANIC
MALTED SEMI-SWEET CHOCOLATE
Medium Roast

This fair trade, organic coffee is sourced from family-owned farms organized around the Cooperativa Renacimiento R.L., which operates in the Quicé Mayan communities located in the municipality of Nahualá within the department of Solola, which encircles Lake Atitlan. Cooperativa Renacimiento was founded in 1987 and has 97 members (32 women) with farms that average 1.5 acres in size. Cooperativa Renacimiento provides technical assistance and has a facility to produce organic fertilizer to ensure the production of high quality coffee. Members of Cooperativa Renacimiento are currently participating in the microloan program and income diversification projects to produce and sell honey.

  • Grower: Family-owned farms within Cooperativa Renacimiento.

  • Region: Nahualá, Solola, Guatemala

  • Altitude: 900 - 1,300 meters

  • Variety: Bourbon, Catuai, and Caturra

  • Harvest: October - February

  • Soil: Clay minerals

  • Process: Fully washed and dried in the sun.

  • Certifications: Fair trade, Organic


Rwanda Lake Kivu Bourbon INGOBOKA Cooperative

EIGHT MAN ESPRESSO COMPONENT

Rwanda Kivu Lake Bourbon is sourced from family-owned farms organized around the INGOBOKA Cooperative located near the shores of Kivu Lake, one of the African Great Lakes, in the Rutsiro district of Rwanda. INGOBOKA was established in 2004 and currently has 135 members, 47 of whom are women. INGOBOKA maintains a children’s school fund to assist members with education expenses, and a health insurance program to improve access to medical care.

  • Grower: INGOBOKA Cooperative

  • Region: Rutsiro District, Rwanda

  • Altitude: 1600 – 2000 meters

  • Variety: Bourbon

  • Harvest: March - June

  • Soil: Volcanic loam

  • Process: Fully washed and dried in the sun.