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Brazil

Fazenda Vila Boa, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Brazilian coffee farmers are bold and innovative, making this our strongest origin. Algrano focuses on Estritamente Mole (Strictly soft) which accounts for specialty 85+ lots, Mole (Soft) for high commercials ranging from 80 to 84 points, and Apenas Mole (Just soft) for commercials from 75 to 79 points and main characteristics being a clean cup and sweetness but no complexity. Samples of the 2021 crop are expected to arrive in June.

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Colombia

The third-largest arabica producer in the world, Colombia exports most of its coffee. The exportable grades are Supremo (screen 17), Excelso (screen 15), UGQ (screen 14) and Caracol (screen 12). Algrano is proud to partner with organic producers in Santander and Santa Marta plus transparent cooperatives in the Eje Cafetero. Together, they can offer a wide variety of lots from this country. Samples of regional blends are available all year round.

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Finca Buena Vista, Santander, Colombia

Costa Rica

F.C.J. Volcan Azul, Costa Rica

This Central American country is highly regarded in the specialty coffee industry due to the high altitude of many farms, the upfront acidity present in the cup and their 50 shades of honey processed micro-lots. Though most farmers don’t own processing facilities, some of the single estates Algrano works with have their own micro-mills, making them able to control the whole production process and manage quality.

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El Salvador

Famous for the production of the Bourbon variety, El Salvador is regarded as a high-end coffee producing country. The profiles are sweet and mild, with a heavier body than neighbouring Guatemala and more elegance than what is typically found in Honduras. Women account for 35% of the workforce in the coffee sector and the gender is well represented in Algrano’s network, formed mainly by family businesses with strong female presence and ties with the International Women’s Coffee Alliance.

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Benefício Vivagua, San Salvador, El Salvador

Ethiopia

Wochama Cooperative (YCFCU), Gedeb, Ethiopia

Ethiopian coffee is produced in a garden-like system with most farms averaging 1 hectare or less. Farmers are renowned for their husbandry practices yet the lack of resources to access inputs means yields are low and production is mainly organic by default. Algrano partners with both unions and exporters who offer coffees from regions such as Yirgacheffe, Sidamo and Limu. Samples in January and February.

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Guatemala

From grower organizations producing certified coffees from single estates crafting high-end micro-lots, Guatemala has a huge potential yet to be explored by European roasters. These coffees are dense and tend to take their time to fully open-up on the cup - but when they do they express very elegant profiles, super clean and complex.

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Ciudad Vieja, Guatemala

Honduras

Cocafelol, Las Capucas, Honduras

Honduras is the largest coffee producer in Central America and the main local source of certified Organic and Fairtrade lots at competitive prices. There are 3 grades of green coffee in Honduras: Strictly High Grown (SHG, above 1350m), High Grown (HG, from 1200m to 1350m) and Central Standard (up to 1200m). Honduran organizations on Algrano offer mainly on SHG and HG on the platform.

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Mexico

Mexico’s “coffee belt” covers 11 states, the most important being Chiapas, Veracruz, Oaxaca (place of birth of Fair Trade!), Puebla and Guerrero. Algrano has partnered with producer organizations and exporters in Chiapas, Veracruz and Oaxaca, known for higher quality coffees. Coffee in Mexico is grown mainly by smallholders with farms averaging up to 3 hectares.

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Union Regional, Mexico

Peru

Dep. Comunicación y Marketing Coop. Aprocassi, Peru

The 5th largest producer of Arabica in the world, this South American country is also the biggest exporter of organic coffee. The steep hillsides and tree coverage of the jungle area require handpicking, soaring the labour costs of the production and often offset by familiar labour. Algrano first partnered with producers in the regions of Amazonas and Cajamarca and expanded to Junin and Pasco in 2020.

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Rwanda

Known as “The Land of a Thousand Hills”, this tiny landlocked country is home to incredible producers and has immense potential for quality. Buyers might feel reticent to purchase coffees from this origin due to the existence of the “potato defect”, found in coffees of the East and Central African Great Lakes region. The best way to avoid it is to partner with producers who invest heavily in coffee sorting, repeating the process multiple times, and in farmer training.

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Rey Photographer, Gasharu Washing Station, Nyamasheke, Rwanda

Tanzania

Edelweiss and Finagro Plantations, Arusha, Tanzania

Neighbouring Kenya and Congo, this East-African country is distressed by political instability that can affect the regulations for buying and selling coffee. Currently, most coffee is bought via an auction system. Algrano started a partnership with 2 estates in Arusha region in the North of the country in 2019 offering small volumes of fully washed Kent and also experimental micro-lots.

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