Our Beans

The Story Behind Our Beans

What do you get when you combine the unique flavor profiles of four differently roasted beans, sourced from four different geographical origins? Kaffeina Coffee has the answer: it’s our signature ‘Full City Espresso’ blend that hails from our supplier, Middle Fork Roasters, in Seattle, Washington. Whereas Florida gets tourism, vacationing, beaches, and many other things right, Seattle’s coffee can’t be rivaled.

 

Although, while we ship our blend of roasted beans from Seattle for all of our coffee-loving patrons’ enjoyment here in Florida, the beans have a much more rich and interesting story than solely that of transcontinental travel — from Seattle to Florida is merely a chapter in our beans’ book. From all over the world, our beans are grown in varying climates, soils, altitudes, and seasons to provide a unique experience for our consumers.

 

From South America to Indonesia, we sought out only the most ethically grown coffee beans; ethically grown java that doesn’t depend upon child-labor or indentured servitude allows for greater oversight and accountability for growth and harvest practices. These more scrutinized practices allow the beans to be processed more effectively, contributing to a tastier and satisfying bean. Not to mention, ethically-sourced coffee beans are often grown by familial generations of farmers who not only have decades of experience but receive greater compensation for their efforts than large-scale operations.

 

Our first bean belonging to our ‘Full City Espresso’ blend is our espresso’s backbone: our organic Brazilian grown bean. It’s roasted to a medium profile and offers the espresso it’s nutty and chocolate notes while providing low acidity to the blend.

 

The bean is grown in the Cerrado Mineiro region of Southern Brazil in Minas Gerais. Sourced by the organic grow operation of Santa Cristina, Ricardo Aguiar Rezende has provided Middle Fork Roasters with beans for the last ten years since taking over the estate in 2010. Since his onboarding, he’s personally overseen the conversion of the 600-acre estate to comply with organic practices. His operation has additionally dedicated 250 acres of forest for wildlife conservation and watershed protection. From June to August, these beans are harvested, sun-dried, and shipped to Seattle to be roasted.

 

Our second bean of note is that of the Sumatra Bener Meriah Mandheling Grade 1. These beans are from small scale-producers belonging to a co-op of 517 members. The Sara Ate Cooperative was founded in 2011 in Bener, Meriah. These members provide a unique approach to cultivating and processing; their handcrafted machines, called “Luwak,” remove the outer skin on the coffee cherries and are left to ferment for a day. The coffee bean is washed the following day to remove the rest of the cherry and then dried to a moisture content of 30-35%. This process results in the characteristic bluish-green sheen.

 

Seattle, as well as the rest of the coffee-loving world, hold this bean to high esteem. The beans offer a special earthy profile that has buttery notes and hints of crema within our espresso blend. These flavors are best brought out in a medium roast.

 

The third bean to our blend is the ‘La Sierra”. Another 100% organically produced bean, the Sierra, hails from Hacienda Napoles, within the foothills of the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta. The coffee bean grows under the native trees’ shade, drawing upon the surrounding natural water sources. The allure of this Colombian bean is in its balanced acidity and floral, sweet notes. These profiles are accredited to the abundance of natural water in the region and Caribbean winds.

 

Once in the States, Middle Fork Roasters convert this sweet floral bean to strong dark chocolate flavors and spice through a dark roast. This dark roasting emboldens the bean by adding body and richness. All of which help strengthen the “Full City Espresso” blend.

 

Last but not least, is the Ethiopian grown Sidamo bean. Known as the birthplace of coffee, beans from here have always been highly sought after by coffee roasters. This bean we’ve selected for our blend is family-farmed and organized under another Co-op. This co-op has seen to the sustainable practices of coffee in the Oromia region. Premiums from coffee exports are returned directly to the farmers.

 

This bean finalizes the “Full City Espresso” blend with a lightly roasted bean. This light roast allows the bean to express it’s unique blueberry notes not seen in many other bean varieties.

 

We feel so grateful to be able to share this special blend of espresso with you. From all over the world to our home in Florida, taste a world of coffee with Kaffeina.