Ripe now offers a limited range including three single origins, one espresso origin of the month and one microlot of the month.
Check out the background information on these origins below...
Colombia Melky Chavez
Grower: Melky Chavez
Process: Dry anaerobic fermentation, washed
Cup notes: Fig, white peach, grape and vanilla
With this microlot, cherries were picked at the same level of ripeness. They are then exposed to dry anaerobic fermentation of 35 hours and later pulped and shade-dried on parabolic beds to ideal moisture content. Melky focuses on growing quality coffee to achieve great prices and support her family.
Colombia Popayan Decaf
Grower: Selected farms in the Popayan region
Process: Washed - Sugar Cane Decaf
Cup Notes: Honey, vanilla and chocolate milk
The decaf coffee is decaffeniated by the sugar cane method in the Popayan Region, whereby the green coffee is steamed to allow for caffeine extraction and placed in solution of water and Ethyl Acetate, which is a by-product gained from the huge surplus of sugar cane grown in Colombia. This is a gental and natural process of decaffenaiton.
Ethiopia Gedeb 1 Organic Natural
Grower: Tibebu Roba
Process: Full natural
Cup Notes: Mango, banana, peach, hint of caramel
Ethiopia Gedeb 1 Organic Natural is produced by Tibebu Roba and processed as a separate micro-lot by Tesfaye Roba. Tibebu's 20-acre farm is located near the community of Chelchele in the Gedeb district of the Gedeo Zone. Tesfaye and his brothers recently took over farm operations for their mother and began processing and exporting coffee for neighbors like Tibebu.
Tibebu has been cultivating coffee for 21 years but this is the first year, with the help of Tesfaye, that he has been able to sell his coffee as a microlot.
Mexico Chiapas Bella Vista Mayan Harvest
Grower: 38 coffee producers associated with Rosalba Cifuentes
Process: Fully washed
Cup Notes: Passionfruit, grapefruit rind, honey suckle, candied caramel
Mexico Chiapas Bella Vista Mayan Harvest is sourced from 38 family-owned farms located within the municipality of Bella Vista in the state of Chiapas, Mexico. Rosalba Cifuentes Tovia, who was raised in the Bella Vista coffee community, has dedicated herself to helping producers with small plots of land earn a better price for their coffee. Rosalba ensures traceability for her community coffee by personally exporting the coffee directly to the Bay Area.
Rosalba also concerns herself with the small details like being sure to pull samples without piercing the producers bags, which has eliminated the cost for replacing damaged bags. These efforts allow producers to earn higher prices and reinvest in better agricultural practices and improve the livelihoods for their families.
Tanzania RFA Edelweiss Estate
Grower: The Vorhora Family, Edelweiss, Ascona and Helgoland Estates
Process: Fully washed
Cup Notes: Orange rind, dark chocolate and malteesers
Tanzania RFA Edelweiss Estate is sourced from a family owned estate located in Oldeani, Tanzania. The 600 acre estate is perched on the slopes of the Ngorogoro Caldera, a protected wildlife refuge for the endangered black rhino and UNESCO World Heritage site.
In recent years the Vohora family has made significant farm renovation including intercropping macadamia trees for shade and income diversity. Mill innovations have also vastly improved water management and quality control from picking to export.