Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Evergreen Coffee Beans (340g) | Blend

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The Story
This year’s Evergreen is a blend of coffees from two long-standing producer partners: the Nano Challa Cooperative in Ethiopia, and Luis Pedro Zelaya of Bella Vista in Guatemala.

Located just outside Guatemala’s old capital of Antigua, Bella Vista is both a meticulously planted coffee farm and an expansive processing facility that has been the center of the Zelaya family operation for over 100 years. Luis Pedro Zelaya, a fourth generation coffee producer and passionate agronomist, runs the family business with a deep respect for its history and an eye towards innovation.

In the Jimma Zone of western Ethiopia, near the birthplace of coffee, members of the Nano Challa cooperative cultivate heirloom varieties and process their coffee collectively. In 2010, Nano Challa was selected by the Technoserve Coffee Initiative to receive technical assistance and begin processing fully washed coffees. The transition marked a turning point in quality for the cooperative, and their success continues to draw area farmers.

Tasting Notes: a classic cup combining crisp, clean citrus flavours from Ethiopia Nano Challa with notes of creamy chocolate and vanilla sweetness from Guatemala Bella Vista.

Stumptown Coffee Roasters

Since their beginnings, Stumptown has searched the world for the best coffee out there. That coffee grows in mountainous regions of the tropics — farms perched at high elevations with warm days, cool nights, and distinct rainy and dry seasons. Microclimates, soil composition, coffee cultivars, and post-harvest processing methods can each contribute distinct dimensions to the cup.

The Stumptown coffee team spends about half the year in producing countries, meeting directly with their producer partners on their farms, at their mills, and in their cupping labs.

The effort is worth it. Stumptown is not doing it the easy way by buying bulk, mid-quality beans anonymously from a trading house. Instead, they go right to the source of the best coffee — that farm atop a hill in Ethiopia, for example. They hike through fields, stand among coffee drying decks, and sit down to share a meal and talk about the crop with producers they’ve met many times.

Stumptown routinely pay producers well in excess of what they could receive on the commodity market, but they understand that their coffee demands more work — hand-picking each cherry at ideal ripeness and processing it with great attention to detail.