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 has cultivated these relationships and is pleased to pass along the knowledge they've earned. We are delighted to share these details with you.

 

Sumatra Mandheling Coffee

Sumatra Mandheling Gayo Organic

ORGANIC
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

Colombia Cauca El Águila

CHERRY - TOFFEE - GREEN APPLE
Medium Roast

Colombia Cauca El Águila is sourced from family-owned farms located in the communities of El Águila, El Carmen, El Condor, and Vialchi in the municipality of Santander de Quilichao within the department of Cauca, Colombia. The producers collaborate with an export company called Banexport to gain access to technical support for best agricultural practices. Banexport has matched these regional producers (Isabel Ulcue Mensa, Milton Fernandez, Maria Crucita Mensa, Julio Cesar Gómez, Maria Estella Mensa, Saturdino Peña, Nestor Fredy Ulcue, and Saulo Antonio Palacios) because of their shared commitment to exquisite coffee processing and loving care for their farms (El Nogal, Bella Vista, El Guadual, La Esperanza, Piedra grande, Aguacatal, Primavera, and Buena Vista), which produce complementary profiles.  

  • Growers:  Isabel Ulcue Mensa, Milton Fernandez, Maria Crucita Mensa, Julio Cesar Gómez, Maria Estella Mensa, Saturdino Peña, Nestor Fredy Ulcue, and Saulo Antonio Palacios
  • Region:  El Águila, El Carmen, El Condor, and Vialchi, Santander de Quilichao, Cauca, Colombia
  • Altitude:  1,650 - 1,700 meters
  • Variety:  Castillo, Colombia
  • Harvest:  May - July
  • Soil:  Clay minerals
  • Process:  Fully washed and dried inside solar dryers that provide protection from the rain

Rwanda Dukunde Kawa Musasa Ruli Lot 40

FAIR TRADE
NECTARINE - MILK CHOCOLATE - VANILLA
Medium Roast

Rwanda FT Dukunde Kawa Musasa Ruli is sourced from family owned farms organized around the Musasa mill located near a gorilla habitat in the Gakenke district of Rwanda. Farmer plots are so small that measurements are based on the numbers of trees, not area of land. Farmers who process their coffee at the Musasa mill are members of the Dukunde Kawa Cooperative, which started in 2000 with enough funds to build one wet mill. In the following years, the Dukunde Kawa Cooperative has built three more wet mills and completed construction of their own dry mill.

More than 80 percent of the cooperative workforce is women, and producer-members have used earnings to improve their standards of living with investments in livestock, access to healthcare, and programs to protect the environment, which won the SCAA 2012 Sustainability Award. The quality of the coffee is also internationally recognized, consistently placing as one of the best in the Cup of the Excellence annual auction.

  • Grower:  Smallholder farmers organized around the Dukunde Kawa Cooperative's Musasa Washing Station
  • Region:  Musasa town, Gakenke District, Northern Province, Rwanda
  • Altitude:  1,500 – 2,000 meters
  • Varietal:  Local Bourbon subvarieties
  • Harvest:  January - April
  • Soil:  Volcanic loam
  • Process:  Cherries floated prior to pulping and fermenting, then fully washed, soaked overnight in clean water, and dried in the sun on raised beds with plastic tarps to protect from seasonal rains.
  • Certifications:  Fair trade, Organic

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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. COMSA boasts a newly renovated wet mill and a demonstration farm where innovations in organic farming are being perfected and then taught to farmers. 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 coffee

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 you expect from these high altitude small acreages.

  • 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 coffee

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 Coffee

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

Ethiopia Guji Natural Shakiso

BLUEBERRY - ALMOND - VANILLA
Medium Roast

Ethiopia Guji Natural Shakiso is sourced from 700 family owned farms living in the Shakiso woreda of the Guji Zone within the Oromia region, Ethiopia. 700 coffee farmers deliver ripe cherries to the Abyot Boru mill. Ripe cherries are carefully selected and immediately placed on raised beds carefully constructed to ensure proper air circulation and temperature control for an optimal drying process. Cherries are also turned regularly on the beds to prevent damage during the drying process. The cherries are stored in a local warehouse after the moisture is reduced to between 11.5 and 12 percent, and then transported to Addis Ababa where the coffee is milled and exported.

  • Grower:  700 Smallholder coffee producers organized around Abyot Boru
  • Region:  Shakiso, Guji Zone, Oromia Region, Ethiopia
  • Altitude:  1650 - 1800 meters
  • Variety:  Indigenous heirloom
  • Harvest:  October - January
  • Soil:  Vertisol
  • Process:  Full natural and dried on raised beds