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A Coffee For Every Season
The growing, harvesting, drying, and shipping season for coffee varies considerably by country and by estate. Lucky for us, that means it's always coffee season somewhere, the selection of what's available for us to purchase just changes depending on the time of year. This rotating schedule of what coffee is freshest keeps things interesting for us, and always gives us something new for you to try here!
Essentially, the whole process goes as follows. Most countries only have one major harvesting period of coffee per year, although some have a second, smaller harvest in addition to that. Once these coffee cherries are collected, the coffee beans themselves (which are actually seeds) then have to be removed from the cherries using either a 'dry process,' 'wet process,' or somewhere in between, and then dried enough to be hulled. The length of time these processes take can vary based on how lucky a farm is with the weather, but typically it takes at least a few weeks. With all that done, the coffee must then go through the final stages of being cleaned, sorted, and prepared for shipment. The months during which all of this occurs differs significantly from country to country.
So, if your favorite coffee isn't in stock here in green (unroasted) bean form, sometimes that's due to availability or other factors, but more often than not, it's simply not the right time of year for us to receive further shipments of it. Although it's difficult to pin down an exact schedule since there are so many different factors involved, this image from Cafe Imports can give you an idea of what this looks like:
And speaking of coffee we haven't seen on our shelves for a little while...
Haitian Blue is back!
For those of you who have been asking for it, yes, we have Haitian Blue in-house again, direct from the awesome people over at Cafe Kreyol! Light bodied, light roasted, and smooth, with a delightfully clean, sweet finish, this organic, direct trade coffee is perfect for fans of Jamaica Blue Mountain and any of our other island coffees.
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