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June 2018: Climpson & Sons — Café Granja La Esperanza Las Margaritas Pacamara

June 07, 2018

June 2018: Climpson & Sons — Café Granja La Esperanza Las Margaritas Pacamara

This month we head to the United Kingdom, with Climpson & Sons. Based in London, they’ve roasted a tasty Pacamara natural from Café Granja La Esperanza in Colombia. This is all pineapple, raspberry, and cacao, an incredibly delicious version of this amazing bean. 

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May 2018 — Genovese Specialty Division: Brazil Jhone Milanez Lacerda Lot #03

May 04, 2018

May 2018 — Genovese Specialty Division: Brazil Jhone Milanez Lacerda Lot #03

This month we stay in Melbourne with Genovese Specialty Coffee Division, and Australia's 2018 ASCA Roasting Champion #benovese Ben Toovey, heading over to Brazil with a unique controlled fermentation Red Cataui AND a taster of the same bean — naturally fermented. One of the fastest ways to learn about coffee is side by side cupping — and Ben and his team have delivered a super cool experience for you to try just that. 

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April 2018 — Small Batch & Raquel Lasso Colombia Geisha

April 09, 2018

April 2018 — Small Batch & Raquel Lasso Colombia Geisha

This month we head to Colombia, by way of Small Batch here in Melbourne, Australia. They’ve got a stunning Geisha (only our second Geisha throughout Superlatives!) produced by Raquel Lasso, a pioneering leader within her community. This coffee is all syrupy body, jammy bakers spice, rosehip, apple, grape, and mandarin, with super aromatics of white flowers, citrus peel, mandarin, and perfume. It’s pretty superlative really ; )

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March 2018 — Cafe Lomi & Daterra 'Méthode Beaujolais'

March 08, 2018

March 2018 — Cafe Lomi & Daterra 'Méthode Beaujolais'

This month we head to Brazil and Daterra Farms, by way of Paris with Cafe Lomi, with a coffee fermented using carbonic maceration — or as the French like to call it, Méthode Beaujolais — before being naturally processed. They’ve helped produce a coffee bursting with tons of cherry, layers of chocolate, dried fig, and pineapple, with a wine-like, creamy, and clean finish.

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January 2018 — Ethiopian Duromina by George Howell

January 12, 2018

January 2018 — Ethiopian Duromina by George Howell

This month we head to Ethiopia with a glorious Duromina sourced and roasted by George Howell Coffee Company. This is all juicy black tea, candied ginger, lemon, and nectarine, silky and full of clarity.  

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December 2017 — Mzungu Project by Gardelli Specialty Coffees

December 05, 2017

December 2017 — Mzungu Project by Gardelli Specialty Coffees

This month we head to Uganda for a stunning coffee from the Mzungu Project, headed up by Rubens Gardelli from Gardelli Specialty Coffees. It's a uniquely processed coffee, bursting with sweetness, dark chocolate, and cherry. It's a great coffee to end the year on!

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How We Ship Our Superlatives Subscription

December 01, 2017

How We Ship Our Superlatives Subscription

A quick and simple inside look at how we ship our Superlatives subscription. 

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November 2017 — Guatemala Finca Isnul by Onyx Coffee Lab

November 08, 2017

November 2017 — Guatemala Finca Isnul by Onyx Coffee Lab

This month we head to Guatemala to Finca Isnul in the Huehuetenango region, via the fantastic peeps at Onyx Coffee Lab in Arkansas, US. This Pacamara is all silky milk chocolate, nougat, pineapple, and orange, with a bunch of hazelnut in there too. It's superb 😙👌🏼

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Superlatives: Colonna

October 10, 2017

Superlatives: Colonna

We were lucky enough to share some emails back and forth with Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood, the guest roaster for this month's October Superlatives (you can read more about the "Elephant Bean" here!) He shared some really cool insights on the origins of Colonna, art and business, and the general worldview of Colonna.WeI’ve edited lightly for clarity but left most intact. 

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October 2017 — Panama Hartmann Maragogype by Colonna

October 10, 2017

October 2017 — Panama Hartmann Maragogype by Colonna

This month we head to the fabled Panama region, not for a Geisha though, but a rare variety known as Maragogype. Naturally processed at Finca Harmann, then roasted by Colonna in Bath (UK) this is a big, complex coffee bursting with bubblegum and pineapple. You can read more about Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood and Colonna here.

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Superlatives: Francesco Sanapo and Ditta Artigianale

September 08, 2017

Superlatives: Francesco Sanapo and Ditta Artigianale

Meet Francesco Sanepo, Coffee-in-Chief of Ditta Artigianale in Florence, Italy, and the roaster for our September Superlatives. Francesco was kind enough to sit down for a quick chat with us, talking artisanship, customer interactions, and Matt Perger's WBC score. You can read a little more about the coffee they roasted for us here.

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September 2017 — Costa Rica “El Diamante” by Ditta Artigianale

September 08, 2017

September 2017 — Costa Rica “El Diamante” by Ditta Artigianale

This month we stuck around in Costa Rica, but moved the roasting to Italy. Francesco Sanepo from Ditta Artigianale is roasting this month, taking care of “El Diamante”, a uniquely anaerobic processed coffee from Carlos Fernandez Morera, in the West Valley of Costa Rica. This is a super-cool and very exciting coffee, full of spice, sweetness, and apple pie. 

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August 2017 — Sonara Estate “La Olivia” from Sensory Lab

August 08, 2017

August 2017 — Sonara Estate “La Olivia” from Sensory Lab

This month we head to Sonora Estate in Costa Rica, with a fantastic naturally processed Catuaí roasted here in Melbourne by Sensory Lab. Fruity and elegant, it's a beautiful example of what naturals can offer. 

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Superlatives: Round Hill Roastery

June 29, 2017

Superlatives: Round Hill Roastery

Meet Tim, Eddie, Oli, and Ben — not an alternate version of the Beatles, but you’d be forgiven for thinking that. There's definitely something ‘Yellow Submarine-like’ about their branding and social media presence. And they’re just so English. They’re also the team behind Round Hill Roastery located in Bath, England, and the guest roaster for this month's Superlatives. You can read a little more about the coffee they roasted for us here.  

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June 2017 — Kirinyaga "Kii" Kenyan AA+, from Manhattan Coffee Roasters

June 09, 2017

June 2017 — Kirinyaga "Kii" Kenyan AA+, from Manhattan Coffee Roasters

This month we're back to Kenya with an exciting SL28 & 34 from the Kii Factory in Kirinyaga County, roasted by the team behind Manhattan Coffee Roasters, Esther Maasdam and Ben Morrow. 

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Superlatives: Manhattan Coffee Roasters

June 09, 2017

Superlatives: Manhattan Coffee Roasters

June’s Superlatives is brought to you by Manhattan Coffee Roasters, from Rotterdam in the Netherlands — a fresh-crop Kenyan from Kirinyaga. Esther Maasdam and Ben Morrow, the team behind Manhattan Coffee Roasters, have repeatedly shown their skills on the competition circuit. They’re now placing that same competitive spirit and drive for excellence into their new roasting venture. We had an opportunity to sit down for a chat and find out a little more about them.

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September 2016 — Kenya "Kiriani" from Gardelli Specialty Coffee

May 08, 2017

September 2016 — Kenya "Kiriani" from Gardelli Specialty Coffee

This month we travel to Kenya by way of Italy, with the legendary Rubens Gardelli roasting for us. Packed full of flavour this is a delicious way to truly savour what Kenyan coffee is all about.

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November 2016 — El Zafario "Wush Wush" from Flight Coffee

May 08, 2017

November 2016 — El Zafario "Wush Wush" from Flight Coffee

This month we head to Wellington, New Zealand, with a Colombian rare varietal often referred to as the "Everyman's Geisha". Roasted with love and care by the team at Flight Coffee. 

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Superlatives: Five Elephant

May 05, 2017

Superlatives: Five Elephant

Five Elephant is a specialty coffee micro roastery, bakery and cafe in Berlin, Germany. Passionate about quality, their goal is to source the best coffees in the world in a way that is both socially and environmentally responsible. We sat down for a chat with co-owner and founder Kris Schackman earlier this month.

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May 2017 — Novo Canaã "Obatã" from Five Elephant

May 05, 2017

May 2017 — Novo Canaã "Obatã" from Five Elephant

This month's Superlatives is a Brasilian that you might find very different from most others — full of fruit and sugar cane sweetness, Obatã is another hybrid varietal that is distinctly unique, roasted by Five Elephant in Berlin.

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April 2017 — Gesha Village "Illubabor" from Talor & Jørgen

March 29, 2017

April 2017 — Gesha Village "Illubabor" from Talor & Jørgen

This month's coffee is an exciting Heirloom varietal from Ethiopia, progressively farmed in Gesha Village, roasted by Talor Browne and Jørgen Hansrud from Talor & Jørgen in Oslo, Norway.

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Superlatives: Talor & Jørgen

March 27, 2017

Superlatives: Talor & Jørgen

A brief chat with Talor Browne and Jørgen Hansrud, bringing you April's Superlative, "Illubabor" from Gesha Village, Ethiopia.

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March 2017 — Victor Barrera "Tabi" from Koppi

March 07, 2017

March 2017 — Victor Barrera "Tabi" from Koppi

This month's coffee is a taste of what the future holds: a hybrid varietal Tabi, roasted by Anne and Charles from Koppi in Helsingborg, Sweden.

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February 2017 — Buf Coffee "Remera" by April Coffee

February 15, 2017

February 2017 — Buf Coffee "Remera" by April Coffee

This month’s coffee is an award winning from April Coffee in Copenhagen.

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