We classify our coffees into 4 categories:

Regional Lot

Regional Lots are from a certain region (city/state) and there would not be traceability of the farms where those coffees were produced. They can be coffees of the same or different varietal and were mixed at a cooperative where farmers store their coffee. If you are looking for the greatest cost-benefit, you should try a regional lot, these coffees’ profiles are very uniform, they have balanced acidity and body, and are usually very suitable for blends.

Single Origin

Single Origins are coffees from a single farm. There is full traceability, and you can find out the price each farmer received for their coffee at our Price Breakdown on the Order page. These coffees can be specialty or not (check if there is a cupping score), we advertise the cupping score and quality reports for specialty coffees. We usually offer from 70 to 100 bags of Single Origins.

Specialty Coffee

Specialty Coffees are generally available in smaller amounts, around 30/60 bags. These coffees come from smaller farms or from a small specialty plot of a big farm, which the producers gave special treatments/processes and added more expensive investments in order to get better results. Those farmers have a love for quality. These coffees tend to be more expensive to the whole chain once it requires more work and more people involved in each step. These magnificent coffees are for those who are seeking more nuanced coffees with striking flavors and aromas.

Micro Lot

Micro Lots are specialty coffees offered at a maximum of 20 bags (30 kg each) they are hand-picked, and they tend to be more expensive because the farmers had to hire extra manpower for picking. But they do not necessarily have a higher cupping score than a non-micro lot specialty coffee, because the quality depends on the soil conditions, weather, altitude, and correct management of the after-harvest drying process.

We mainly buy micro lots to support the small farmers because sometimes they live in poor conditions and we want to contribute with them by allowing them to invest more in their plantations by paying a better price for their crop, also they can have better life conditions. Even we can still support just a little, we plan time by time to contribute a little bit more. We also advertise their farms, photos, and stories on page Photo Gallery.

Below you can find the quality reports for Specialty Coffees

Do you know Brazil / New York method for coffee classification?

For this classification 300 grams of coffee is checked. The number of coffee beans equivalent to 1 defect is given in Chart 1. For example, a set of 5 broken beans counts as 1 defect. On the other hand, 1 large rock counts as 5 defects. After counting all defects the coffee is classified according to Chart 2.

Chart 1.

Intrinsic Defect
Intrinsic Defect Number of occurrences Number of Defects
Black bean 1 1
Sour
(Including stinker beans)
1 1
Shells 3 1
Green 5 1
Broken 5 1
Insect Damage 5 1
Mal-formed 5 1
Foreign Defect
Foreign Defect Number of occurrences Number of Defects
Dried Cherry 1 1
Floater 2 1
Large Rock or Stick 1 5
Medium Rock or Stick 1 2
Small Rock or Stick 1 1
Large Skin or husk 1 1
Medium Skin or husk 3 1
Small Skin or husk 5 1

Chart 2.

Foreign Defect
Type Number Maximum Allowable number of defects per 300 g sample
NY 2 6
NY 2/3 9
NY 3 13
NY 3/4 21
NY 4 30
NY 4/5 45
NY 5 60
NY 5/6 90
NY 6 120
NY 6/7 180
NY 7 240
NY 8 450