Alaska Coffee Roasting Co.

"Celebrating coffee, the wine of the tropics"

Est. 1993

FEATURED MICROLOT

Ethiopia Yirgacheffe 1 Idido Gersi Kebele

Flavor Profile: Notes of peach, rose, jasmine, and Muscat grape

Grower: 600-900 coffee producers organized around the Sengage Agro Industry PLC

Variety: Indigenous heirloom cultivars

Region: Gedeo Zone, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region, Ethiopia

Harvest: October – December

Altitude: 2,050 – 2,200 meters

Soil: Vertisol

Process: Fully washed and dried on raised beds

Certifications: Conventional

COFFEE OF THE WEEK

KENYA NYERI RUKIRA AB

GrowerSmallholder farmers organized around the Rukira Factory

VarietySL28, SL34, and Ruiru 11

RegionNyeri County, Kenya

HarvestApril - June/October - December

Altitude1,220 - 2,300 meters

SoilVolcanic loam

Process: Fully washed and on raised beds

FEATURED MICROLOT

YEMEN MOCCA SANANI

Grower: Ali Hiba Muslot & Sons

VarietyTrees are original rootstock that crossed the Red Sea from Ethiopia. (Some argue that Coffee Arabica may be indigenous to Yemen.)

RegionArea surrounding Sana’a; the mountains running parallel to the Red Sea between Ta’izz in the south and Sa’dah in the north, Yemen

HarvestNovember - February

Altitude2,000 – 2,500 meters

SoilSedimentary, rich in natural fertilizers

ProcessFull sun-dried natural

Yemen is a country rich in coffee tradition which began over 2,000 years ago, as well as home to the world’s first commercially grown coffee. Today, production is much the same as in the 15th century. The coffee is mostly grown on very small plots. The dried cherry husk, once removed from the coffee, is more valuable in Yemen than the bean is. The husks are infused and mixed with spices to brew a very popular tea. The Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation was established in 1962 and is well equipped with several Departments, one of which is the ''General Department of Plant Production,” also known as the Coffee Division. Qualified, experienced agronomists who studied and graduated abroad work in this division. The agronomists visit the farmers and give them lectures with projected pictures, movies, posters, etc. They maintain search stations for controlling and combating any pests or plant diseases.

 

 

NATURAL

In contrast to a "washed" coffee (the process in which the cherry is mechanically removed from the bean) "natural" refers to beans that have been laid out to dry while the cherry still surrounds them. The result is a unique, full bodied, berry flavor.

ETHIOPIA SIDAMO 1 NATURAL GUJI

Flavor Profile:     Notes of apricot, cherry, and peach

Grower:               Grima Edema

Variety:                Indigenous heirloom

Region:               Guji Zone, Oromia Region, Ethiopia

Harvest:              October – December

Altitude:              1,800 – 2,200 meters

Soil                   Vertisol

Process:              Full natural and dried on raised beds

Certifications:     Conventional