Three New African Coffees / by Steve Willingham

If you're in the shop a lot, chances are you've noticed that our coffees change a lot. A lot a lot. We usually have two or three roasters per week, each one with multiple coffees on our bar. It keeps things interesting and keeps us on our toes. However, you may have also noticed that we feature a lot of Ethiopian and Colombian coffees. That comes with the territory in specialty coffee. First, because we try to focus on coffees that have just arrived in the US, so they're tasting as fresh as possible. Second, because Ethiopia and Colombia, along with a few others, dominate the specialty coffee market because they produce almost two and a half million pounds of coffee each year and really have their acts together when it comes to producing consistent, high quality coffee. There are about 70 different countries that grow coffee though, so we've got plenty of new origins to explore here at Clarity.

This week, we're going to focus on three of the smaller producers in Africa. Three origin countries that just came in season: Tanzania, Burundi, and Rwanda. Three neighbors, nestled just southwest of Kenya.

Right now we have a Rwanda from Ritual Coffee out of San Francisco. It's our first time working with them, and we're so excited about it. This Rwanda is grown by about 600 small producers in basically the perfect conditions: high elevation, volcanic soil, a nice cool breeze off of Lake Kivu. All the things you want for deliciously sweet coffees. 

Later this week, look for Heart's Tanzania from a wet mill called Tarime in the Mara District around Lake Victoria, an area known for producing low grade coffee, far away from the farms known for quality. This outstanding coffee shows how much potential that area of Tanzania has. It is the first Tanzania we've ever featured. Expect to see this on both espresso and pour over.

Toward the end of the week, we'll have a Burundi from Blueprint Coffee Roasters. Farmers in Rango, Kayanza teamed up to sell their coffees together as a cooperative they call Kinyovu, so they can demand higher prices for their coffee. This makes a huge impact on their community, and we're more than happy to pay a little extra for a coffee this good.

We're looking forward to sharing these coffees with you!  Come grab a cup or a bag, and let's talk coffee.