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New Single Origin Coffee: The Coffees of Central & South America

Written By Suhaimie Sukiman 29 Jan 2021
New Single Origin Coffee: The Coffees of Central & South America

We love our Americas beans; source, roast and supply abundance of it every year. The Americas supply the majority of then world's coffee beans and while the likes of the Brazilian harvest(which by the way makes anywhere from 50% to 70% of our award winning Dutch blend) providing one-third of the international coffee market, there are also increasing interest in exotic varieties from small growers, like the Pink Bourbons of Colombia or the Gesha in Panama. Over all these years, we are glad to have introduced many of these coffees to Singapore and to you, our loyal patrons with discerning palates.

This January, we introduce (and re-introduced) three new single origins from Brazil and Guatemala; The Brazil Bravinhos Danilo Barbosa, Guatemala Finca El Regalito and Guatemala Finca Santa Isabel.

With this coffee, there are two ‘1st’. Our first buying an Aerobic Natural Brazilian and also our first purchasing coffee from the innovative Danilo Barbosa. Danilo is the owner and manager. His first harvest was in year 1979-1980 crops and the success led him to develop the activity and growth of the explored area, acquirement of new farms and introduction of new harvest technologies. Nowadays the producer counts with 490 hectares of coffee plantation, which are carefully assisted by him, his son and the quality control team. The producer is associated with cooperatives which, in many ways provide information on the coffee market, quality, and courses.

We were informed that there are less than 100 bags of this specially processed coffee that was produced in the Bravinhos farm and boy are we glad to be able to snag up 30 out of this 100 bag lots this harvest. Truly a Brazilian to savour.

Coffee from the farm of Santa Isabel is no stranger to Dutch Colony and to some of you, having bought them each time that they are made available to us. Roasting this coffee in the Singapore inaugural roasting competition in October 2019, placed our roasting team 4th position against other exotic and smaller lots coffee that was used in the same competition.

Don Luis and his son - also named Luis (nicknamed ‘Wicho’), manage the farm as general and agricultural manager, respectively. Now Luis IV (5 years old), Wicho’s son and Luis’ grandchild, spends his school holidays at the farm, much as his father did when he was young.

We are happy to again work with the father & son Luis duo and their crop this 2020, featuring it as 1/3 part of our Nutcracker blend launched as part of our festive coffees and now introducing it as a tasty single origin filter. Hurry as we don't see this coffee being available past first quarter of 2021!

Arturo Villatoro’s family has produced coffee for generations. From a young age Arturo watched and worked alongside his grandfather (Pedro), and then his father (Jacinto), on their farm in La Libertad Huehuetenango. This deep exposure to the full growing process provided Arturo with insight into the art of coffee production, and fuelled the enthusiasm that still drives his desire to produce the ingredients of a fantastic cup today.

Having discovered his love for plantations and passion for growing great coffee at an early age, Arturo has since dedicated his life to producing quality beans. Arturo first acquired his own estate, El Regalito, with his wife and family 20 years ago. The farm lies in Aldea Hoja Blanca, 80km west of Huehuetenango, one of the key coffee-growing regions in Guatemala. Coffee is the only crop grown, with the other 120+ hectares remaining as forest. Arturo sees El Regalito as a blessing and believes that without God’s help he never would have been able to acquire the farm; hence the name El Regalito which translates as ‘The little gift’ in English.
Enjoy this brand new month of January along with all the new coffees that we have to offer. There are even more exciting line ups this February, so keep a lookout for them. To better coffees this 2021!