Descriptions by Sterling Coffee of our current offerings:
Notes: Chocolate and caramel.
The George Washington of coffee. Composed of top quality Central and South American beans, the Stupendo is sourced and roasted to taste like the coffee our country grew up drinking. With classic flavors like rich chocolate, caramel, and a hint of toasted nuts, Stupendo will get you across the Delaware (or at least it’ll get you to work). Medium roasted for every preparation.
HALO HARTUME ETHIOPIA
Notes: Strawberries and flowers.
The Ethiopia Gedeb 1 Halo Hartume GrainPro is sourced from 400 farmers who cultivate coffee on small plots and deliver their cherry to the Halo Hartume washing station. On arrival, cherries are carefully hand sorted and floated to separate out less dense beans, then depulped, fermented for 48 hours, and washed and classified again in channels. The parchment is placed on raised beds where it is hand sorted again and dried over a period of 12 to 15 days. The parchment is also covered during the afternoons to prevent harsh drying in the intense sun. The result is a master class in taste sensation, like a mouthful of Jolly Rancher candy!
HALO BARITI ETHIOPIA
Notes: Bergamot and red clover honey.
Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Halo Bariti is sourced from a subset of 255 farmers within the Halo Bariti Cooperative, one of the newer cooperatives in Ethiopia having been founded in 2012. The existing members all used to be part of a larger neighboring cooperative. The area where these producers are operating is in some of the highest cultivation altitudes in the entire country of Ethiopia. This coffee is the perfect example of a classic Yirgacheffe: Bergamont up front and honeyed orange on the backside.
LAGO DE ATITLAN GUATEMALA
Notes: Stone fruit and cocoa.
Asproguate is an NGO comprised of farmers and agronomists who have partnered to improve the quality and market access of smallholder producers in several regions of Guatemala.
Asproguate has 15 "inspectors" who are trained by a head agronomist to work with farmers in three different regions of Guatemala: Coban, San Martin, and Acatenango. The inspectors conduct trainings for farmers 14-16 times per year, mostly supporting their FTO certification but also supporting them to start small side businesses, like shampoo and clothing lines, using resources available on their parcelas. These inspectors also deliver fertilizers to produers and collect cherries. After Asproguate collects cherries they depulp them and ferment them at their own wet mills before delivering them to their partner Dinamica for dry milling and export. The Lago de Atitlan is super smooth and chocolatey with notes of deep plum and toffee. We're so fond of this coffee we use it as the primary component of our flagship Blendo Stupendo!
Notes: Chocolate and cherries.
In 2014 Edgar and Karen Carillo founded Pacayal Coffee, which has since grown to 134 members, 54 of whom are women. The motto of the organization is “quality does not suffer crisis,” speaking to the dedication of Pacayal Coffee to produce exceptional coffee and improve the livelihoods of farmers. We love this brew for it's velvety smooth drinkability and chocolatety sweetness. It's the perfect cup to start your day off right!