We are so excited to announce our next direct trade partnership! A few weeks ago, we had the pleasure to meet Nelson Raul Amador, founder and owner of De La Finca Coffee Importers. Nelson is a fifth generation coffee farmer who decided to found an importing company to help his family and other coffee farmers establish direct trade relationships with roasters.
Here's more about De La Finca and Nelson in their own words:
At De La Finca, we understand both the needs of the coffee farmer and coffee roaster. A fifth generation coffee farmer, Nelson Raul Amador started De La Finca Coffee Importers in 2013 with the intention of supporting his family and other small coffee producers from his home country of Honduras
Through direct trade partnerships, producers receive more money for their hard work producing coffee and roasters received ethically sourced, consistent, high quality coffee.
We proudly import fair trade and organically farmed coffees and also partner with women-owned and operated farms. Through this supply chain model, we not only are able to empower and connect both farmers and roasters but we are also able to reinvest in local coffee growing communities through long-term school projects and initiatives, realizing our long-term vision for sustainable and independent communities.
“When I came to the United States to learn English, I was surprised to see how coffee produced by families like mine served as a main point of connection and conversation in the daily lives of so many Americans.” Nelson Raul Amador, Founder
Upon quickly realizing coffee in the U.S. was sold at high prices through a complex import system leaving farmers with little profit, Nelson decided to initiate change. He started De La Finca Coffee Importers with the goal to eliminate the middlemen between producers and consumers.
“Instead of seeing coffee pass through as many as 6-8 hands between farmers and consumers (as is usual in the coffee industry), I make genuine, direct connections between coffee roasters, consumers, and coffee producers, like my family.”
Nelson's primary focus has been on Honduran coffee as that is his home country and where his family's farm is located, but he has been meeting farmers in other countries and slowly expanding the varieties and origins De La Finca provides. After trying several of Nelson's coffees, we knew which one we had to get first:
Honduras Finca Santa Lucia Organic: Finca Santa Lucia is owned by Nelson's grandfather, Raul Rodriguez. Raul is a third generation coffee farmer who inherited his farm from his father, Don Ermenegildo Rodriguez. This is coffee with pedigree and you can taste the history of family innovation in every sip! It's incredibly clean, balanced, full bodied and just utterly delicious! Look for notes of milk chocolate, caramel and orange with an almond finish. Also available roasted!
That's right folks, 4 new arrivals just in! The first two will be brand new to us and the last two are returning favorites with fresh crops. Let's get to it!
El Salvador Finca Hungria Organic: This coffee is easily the best El Salvadorian coffee we've gotten in several years! This single estate delight has surprisingly low acidity for a fully washed coffee along with excellent balance and gentle sweetness. We know you'll love the notes of brown sugar, milk chocolate, orange and red apple. Did we mention it's got every certification known to coffee?! Check it out, you won't be disappointed.
Sulawesi Toraja Sesean Sapan Organic: This amazing cup comes to us from the highest volcanic peaks of Indonesia. While it's got many characteristics of neighboring islands such as low acidity and syrupy body, this coffee carries a cleanness and refinement all it's own. If you like Sumatra but want something a little less...agresssive, this one's for you! Look for notes of baker's chocolate, cedar and vanilla.
Peru Las Damas de San Ignacio Organic: Back by popular demand! This year's crop of this Peruvian coffee is as good if not better than last years. We characterize this coffee, like most Peruvian coffees, as subtle and mild, yet anything but boring! Exceptional balance and a silky body give way to notes of dark chocolate, honey and tangerine followed by a clean, crisp finish.
Flores Bajawa Ngura Organic: Another returning fan favorite, this coffee always sells out quick! If Sulawesi is clean and refined while Sumatra is complex and aggressive, this coffee is smack in the middle. Low acidity with a rich and syrupy body followed by a lingering, spicy finish. Look for notes of black pepper, baker's chocolate, cedar and vanilla.
Hello friends! We just got a fresh shipment in and can't wait to share the new arrivals with you. Most of these coffees are returning favorites from past harvests and it's always a joy to see this year's crop be another resounding success. There's something for everyone here so don't miss your chance to try some of these amazing coffees.
Kenya AA Maywal Estate: How did we go so long with a premium Kenya AA in stock?! Well we were waiting for the right one and we are extremely proud of this one. This coffee is the definition of the classic Kenya AA profile: big, bold body, crisp and citrusy front end, excellent balance and of course, a dry tannic finish. If that red wine profile is what you're looking for, look no further!
Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Idido Natural: Back by popular demand, this year's crop of Idido natural did not disappoint! This coffee remains one of the most accessible Natural processed Yirgacheffes we've ever tried and is perfect for folks who may have been turned off by the intensity of natural processed coffees in the past. Surprisingly balanced and full bodied for a coffee of this variety, it features juicy blueberry and strawberry notes with a graham cracker finish.
Papua New Guinea Timuza A/X Organic: This organic coffee took 1st place in Papua New Guinea's 2016 national coffee competition and just continues to impress us year after year. It's complex, spicy and full bodied with a silky texture. We love the warm notes of brown sugar, tangerine, cherry and milk chocolate and so will you!
Here at The Captain's Coffee we believe that variety is the spice of life. One of the best things about coffee is there are so many different ones to try! Coffees from the neighboring farm can even be different. Half the fun of all this variety is the journey of discovering these subtle differences and we're excited to share this journey with you!
Costa Rica La Amistad Organic: Located in the Southern Highlands, right next to Panama, the La Amistad Estate is world renowned for producing high quality coffee. you'll be hard pressed to find a better coffee. Clean and perfectly balanced, it's the quintessential Costa Rica cup! A crisp front end leads to a silky body with notes of milk chocolate, lemon, orange and caramel. Try our Costa Rica Cumbres del Poas as well and see which one you like better!
Guatemala Huehuetenango Huixoc: This classic coffee has everything you're looking for in a coffee from the Huehuetenango region: Rich, buttery texture, big body and just enough complexity to keep you guessing every sip! Look for notes of milk chocolate, brown sugar, cherry and just a hint of savory oregano. It's grown right next to our Guatemala Huehuetenango el Injertal! Try them both and see if you can spot the differences
Well we've been promising it for a couple months now and it's finally here! That's right friends, we've just received a premium shipment of Organic Costa Rica as well as a fresh Organic Colombia!
Costa Rica Cumbres del Poas Organic: We absolutely loved this coffee last year and are so excited to have it back! It's a bit more crisp than last year, but still just as sweet and silky. Expect exceptional balance and medium to full body followed by a clean finish. We love the notes of caramel, ripe cherry and green apple. Perfect for an iced coffee on a hot summer day!
Colombia Tolima Organic: The previously often overlooked region of Tolima has really been shining the past few years and we're happy to feature it yet again. This organic coffee is full bodied and very well balanced with a lingering nutty finish. Look for notes of vanilla, caramel, cherry and almond.