André carries parchment at Gatare Washing Station, Nyamasheke, Rwanda - June 2016
BNT Dry Mill on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - February 2016
As quality-focused coffee roasters, the challenge lies in choosing which coffees will feature in our range with the intention to showcase the best possible year on year.
For us, showcasing the best coffee possible means working closely with the right coffee farmers, producers, exporters and co-operatives; those that are willing to develop, evolve and adapt as together we target ever-improving quality in the cup. Working with the same people each year helps both parties develop quality, however we will always look to foster new relationships with those who are producing great coffee. The search for better coffees is never ending and is a journey we relish.
We focus our travel and purchasing on Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda in Africa, the Central American countries of El Salvador, Costa Rica and Guatemala with Colombia and Brazil being our focus in South America. We are spending more and more time in these countries, travelling and learning from the people who grow our coffee. We do also make smaller, occasional purchases from other producing countries such as Burundi and Ecuador if the right coffees come along.
To understand the challenges and opportunities in each of these places, and to locate the specific lots we want to purchase, we make around five trips to producing countries, travelling for around 50 or 60 days of the year.
We make no bold claims about having all the answers, nor about being unique or pioneering in this approach. What we do claim, however, is a genuine and sincere commitment to developing on-going relationships with producers, that facilitate their objectives of better financial reward for their handiwork, and our desire to serve for the best coffee possible.