By the turn of the 18th Century, virtually the entire global supply of coffee came out of Yemen’s port of Mocha (yes, same as the drink). Even today, it is not uncommon to see multi-generational operations going back 400-500 years. However, as demand for coffee increased, so did the potential for exploitation.
This article is part of our return to origin series. The history of coffee is long, full of intrigue, and a cause of global power struggles. Yet, all that began with the simple relationship between the plant and the farmer. Coffee was first discovered by a goatherd named Kaldi in Ethiopia in the ninth century. Whether this origin story is legend or truth (which, worry not, will be explored another time) is not the task at hand. What is important, is that coffee went from a locally used food additive, to a widely consumed beverage all over the known world. This expansion...
2020 has been quite the clusterf**k. As the pandemic has forced many of us to spend more and more time at home, us coffee aficionados were still able to stay properly caffeinated via—a now booming—home delivery economy. But as exhausting as 2020 has been, a new opportunity for societal change has been born. We are currently witnessing a watershed moment for civil rights occurring globally. As resistance to police violence in the United States, broader calls for racial, economic, and societal justice have sprung up around the world. We feel that this is a valuable opportunity for the specialty coffee...
If you have been following us for a while, you are use to us releasing crazy coffees. But if you are new in the rabbit hole, let us say this: we created this company to work mostly with emerging and less known origins. Papua New Guinea (PNG) fits the bill perfectly. PNG is a small island nation of the Pacific. There are more then 850 indigenous languages, and it feels like the coffee grown there is even richer in tasting notes then in dialects.