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Green Beanery has a mission, one that extends beyond the commercial (not that we aren’t proud to have become Canada's largest online retailer of coffee and coffee equipment, offering more varieties of coffee beans than any other retailer in the world and selling more coffee paraphernalia than any other Canadian retailer).
Green Beanery aims to reinvent the coffee shop of old. Until the 1920s, when big business began to take over the coffee industry, all coffee shops roasted their own. Green Beanery is helping to spur a renaissance in local roasting by supplying hundreds of micro-roasters and restaurants, and leading by example by roasting all of our own coffee, too, at our cafe-roastery at 565 Bloor St West in Toronto’s Annex district.
The renaissance includes returning coffee shops to the service of the community, providing a place to sip small luxuries in an atmosphere large with comforts for both mind and palate. You won’t find Wi-Fi in our cafe - our patrons place a premium on conversations and conviviality.
The renaissance also includes reviving the coffee shop as change agent. Coffee shops of old were known for great innovations and passionate discourse - this is where Lloyd’s of London launched the insurance industry, and where social revolutions were born. In that spirit, Green Beanery hosts Grounds for Thought for those who relish having their intellect provoked and entertained. Fittingly, Green Beanery is owned by Probe International, a Canadian charity known for out-of-the-box thinking, whose directors have included many of Canada’s most celebrated minds, among them Jane Jacobs, David Suzuki, Margaret Laurence and Thomas Berger.
About the bean
We have long wanted to try coffee from Bolivia and, finally, our ship(ment) has come in.
Referred to as the Tibet of the Americas, Bolivia is the most isolated of the Andean nations. Its diverse landscape ranges from high-altitude mountains to jungles teeming with wildlife. Visitors treasure Bolivia for its lively culture steeped in tradition, as well as its numerous attractions ranging from Inca trails to fossilized dinosaur footprints (the world's largest collection). Of special interest is the spectacular Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flat (10,582 sq km) on earth, with a surface resembling mirrored glass when wet. Other "attractions" include the notorious Death Road - a 64km route, with a 3,500m descent, that draws thrill-seekers at their peril.
Bolivia isn't as well known for its coffee, yet; although the country certainly has what it takes to become a producer of note thanks to that magic bean combination of elevation, fertile soil and consistent rainfall. Driving the industry's momentum is a growing cooperative movement (and the broad benefits of more money in the hands of growers), and the country's move into specialty labelling (Fair Trade, organic and shade grown).
Discover this rare treat.
Source: Asociación Integral de Productores Ecológicos de Pumiri (AIPEP)
Process: Washed Arabica
Varieties: 30% Typica, 25% Caturra, 20% Catuai, 15% Castillo, 10% Mundo Novo
Altitude: 1300-1550 masl.
Certifications: Fair Trade and Organic - IMO Control since 2002
SHG: Strictly High Grown; same as Strictly Hard Bean/SHB. High grown, usually denser and higher quality than a Hard Bean (HB) or High Grown (HG). These beans are grown above 1,200 masl. (metres above sea level).
EP: (European Prep) Indicates the coffee has undergone rigorous sorting - usually by hand to ensure defective beans and foreign material have been removed.
At a light roast (American brewed in a V60 pour over), the Bolivia offers a pronounced sweetness. A smooth mouthfeel with a medium-light body, the cup delivers a range of chocolate flavour from milk to salty caramel.
At a darker roast just shy of Full City (brewed in a French press), the bean's chocolate character really hit the mark; light in the mouth but richly flavorful. This gave us our best impression - a very nuanced cup, strong in personality; an excellent combination.
As a latte at a Full City profile, the Bolivia produced a standout specialty brew - bold and tasty.
When we roasted darker (Vienna brewed as a pour over), the Bolivia's character changed quite a bit: a hard-to-miss licorice underlay that carried to a burnt finish.
Roast recommendation: Light for nuance and medium-dark for chocolate gold. Clearly, we were sold on the Full City profile. Home roasters tell us they really enjoyed a "velvety" result at a City roast. For an explanation of our different roasts, see here: http://greenbeanery.ca/pages/roasting-chart.
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About the bean
From the introduction of the first arabica tree in the 1930s to the present time, coffee production in this small landlocked east-central African country has weathered a great deal of political strife, as well as the effects of turmoil in neighbouring Congo.
Currently free and liberalized, Burundi's specialty coffee community is taking root. Consider Burundi one to watch.
Coffee here grows on mountainside fincas (farms) at high altitudes. Typically fully washed and dried on raised beds, the primary coffee plant varietal is Bourbon. Coffees are often organic by default due to the cost of pesticides and chemical fertilizers.
The Burundi Kayanza Gahahe Honey is an entirely new coffee to our selection. Sourced from the Gahahe washing station in the northern province of Kayanza, this is an area acclaimed for its coffee (and tea) production thanks to rich volcanic soils, high altitudes and hard-working coffee growers.
The Gahahe washing station is supplied by more than 1700 coffee producers farming the station's surrounding hillsides that rise 1800 meters above sea level. Coffee cherries are processed naturally and dried on raised beds for around three weeks to reach a moisture content of 12%. The coffee is then hand sorted once more at the station's dry mill to ensure quality - a post-harvest care that translates to the cup.
A delicate, floral offering, typical of coffees from Burundi. Delightfully rich with a lovely brightness. Stay light to preserve the joy here. One to savour.
SUB REGION: Hills of Bubezi, Karinzi, & Mihogo; Gahahe Washing Station
VARIETAL: Red Bourbon
SOIL: Volcanic loam
DRYING METHOD: Sun-dried
CUPPING NOTES: Floral, sweet grape, caramel, medium body
Roast recommendation: Try light/er. For an explanation of our different roasts, see here: http://greenbeanery.ca/pages/roasting-chart.View full product details
About the bean
Do you like a medium to dark roast? Do you like espresso? Do you like a brew rich in flavour and bold in body? Yes? Then our new batch of Colombian Supremo SC 17/18 is for you! These beans are sourced from the central northwest of Colombia in the Antioquia region, the country's largest coffee producing region. Coffee here is mountain-grown by small farmers and large estates. The high altitude slows the pace of ripening and the result is a classic Colombian - rich, full bodied, and a toasted chocolate taste that cools to a cold brew perfection.
No surprises and that's OK because this coffee is super good. And the crema! Go espresso, go cold brew and get happy.
City roast, medium-fine grind, brewed in a Hario V60 pour over (30g of coffee to 500ml of water)
This combination produced a silky body and a sweet taste with a light acidity. Pleasant indeed with a smoky finish.
Vienna roast, medium grind, brewed in a French press (40g of coffee to 500ml of water)
Oh, yeah! We upped the ratio of coffee to enhance the body, which at this level was syrupy strong with a potent chocolate, almost brownie flavour. When the cup cooled, the flavour balance evened out, making this one a great pick for cold brew.
Our only regret? We didn't pull an espresso shot. And that's where this bean shines.
Roast recommendation: Medium to dark. Oh, Vienna! You were nice. For an explanation of our different roasts, see here: http://greenbeanery.ca/pages/roasting-chart.
About the bean
When we're asked for recommendations for a good, classic coffee or a morning brew or a coffee that will suit most tastes, Costa Rica is the first suggestion out of our mouths. Why? Just like the consistent temperature of the country's climate (which only varies about ten degrees throughout the year), coffee from Costa Rica is reliably good: grown in ideal conditions at high altitude, hand-picked and processed with care - a law passed in 1989 actually prohibits the planting of low-quality beans in Costa Rica, making it illegal to produce any other type of coffee than Arabica. Although, some growing regions around the globe have been making great strides in Robusta coffee quality (but that's another bean story).
As per the name, this Costa Rican Tarrazu is from the country's oh-so-famous Tarrazu region, considered the best of the best from this sandy, sun-soaked coffee paradise. Expect a very well-balanced cup with a smooth body and just the right amount of sweetness.
Paradise in a cup.
Category: Single Origin
Process: Washed and sun dried
Altitude: 1,500-1,800 masl.
Region: San Marcos de Tarrazu
Brand: La Pastora
Botanical variety: Caturra and Catuai
Mill: Coope Tarrazú R.L.
We went from light to dark because we're relentlessly curious. An American roast brewed in a Hario V60 pour over gave us a coffee to wake up with: great balance, nice body and notes of apricot and peanut for an aromatic, tasty cup. A Full City roast brewed using the same method produced a flavorful mix of cocoa and nut for a classic Costa Rican (aromatically intense and sweet) - another morning hit. A City roast profile brewed in a French press gave us chocolate notes, good body and sweetness. To finish, we tried the Full City roast as a latte and the result was most enjoyable - a nutty cocoa with a caramel finish. Something about the approach of fall has turned us into latte lovers lately.
Consider this bean for cold brews (while there's still time to chill). The aftertaste should rock. Experiment by adding the cold brew to Perrier (or similar) over ice with a splash of milk (a refreshing and yum combination). This bean should also delight for baking and recipes that call for a teaspoon or two of coffee. Use for caffeinated syrups drizzled over desserts.
Roast recommendation: Lighter for complexity. Darker for a more intense coffee hit. For an explanation of our different roasts, see here: http://greenbeanery.ca/pages/roasting-chart.View full product details
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This batch of washed El Salvador SHG EP comes to us from the Mapache Estate located in western El Salvador's Apaneca Ilamatepec mountain range - an area that affords the six farms under its care some pretty fantastic office views.
Mapache is dedicated to the well-being of its employees (150 year-round and up to 600 at harvest time) and to the forest canopies that protect the coffee plants on each farm under its wing. A state-of-the-art wet mill ensures water usage is kept to a minimum, and recycled water is reused. Leftover pulp from the mill is returned to the soil to nourish future crops.
The scale and efficiency of the Mapache operation is impressive. Be sure to follow them on Instagram: @mapachecoffee. A feast for the eye and a delight in the cup.
What to expect
Cupping notes: Strawberry cheesecake, raspberry, pineapple, fresh herbs, clean & sweet.
COUNTRY: El Salvador
REGION: Apaneca Ilamatepec
FARM: El Naranjito
ALTITUDE: 1200-1400 masl.
Roasting recommendation: Light-medium to medium-dark. For an explanation of our different roasts, see here: http://greenbeanery.ca/pages/
SHG: Strictly High Grown. Usually denser and higher quality than a Hard Bean (HB) or High Grown (HG). These beans are grown above 1,200 masl. (metres above sea level).
EP: European Prep. Indicates the coffee has undergone rigorous sorting - usually by hand to ensure defective beans and foreign material have been removed.View full product details
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A number of the major coffee-growing countries we source from may not know how great their product is. When the "good stuff" is exported elsewhere, local coffee can be a sub-par experience, roasted dark to hide defects and mixed with filler to increase volume. Happily, that isn't the case with Ethiopia, which consumes half of its annual coffee production and boasts a thriving domestic coffee culture (Google for examples of an Ethiopian coffee ceremony). The birthplace of coffee according to legend, Ethiopia is where Coffea arabica originated, which is said to be the first species of coffee ever cultivated; it remains the dominant species and accounts for more than 60 percent of the world's commercial coffee production. Given its genetic wealth and history, Ethiopia is a coffee region like none other and an unparalleled paradise of coffee flavour.
A delicious flavour combination and a must-try Yirgacheffe.
This wonderful batch of Yirgacheffe is from the Wonago district in Ethiopia's Gedeo zone, a region known for its Yirgacheffe production from farms run by local smallholder families.
Coffee cherries are sorted, depulped and then the beans, still covered in mucilage, are fermented for 36 to 48 hours before washing. The wet beans in parchment are placed on raised beds in thin layers and turned every 2 to 3 hours during the first few days of the drying process. Depending on the weather, the beans continue drying for 10 to 12 days until the moisture content reduces to 11.5 percent. The beans are then transported to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's capital, to be milled and bagged prior to export.
PROCESS: Fully Washed
FERMENTATION: 36 to 48 hours
DRYING METHOD: Raised African beds
ALTITUDE: 1700 – 2200 masl.
SCREEN SIZE: 14+
DIRECT TRADE: Yes (bought directly from the farmer)
GRAIN PRO: Yes
CUPPING NOTES: Caramel, sweet, floral with citric acidity and a clean finish
SPECIAL NOTE: This batch of Yirgacheffe is an entirely NEW entry to our inventory (a different supplier from our usual).
Roast recommendation: Typically, light to medium. For an explanation of our different roasts, see here: http://greenbeanery.ca/pages/roasting-chart.
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The Huehuetenango growing region is not a volcanic terrain although it is rich in limestone and lies in close proximity to the mighty Cuchumatanes, Central America's largest non-volcanic peak stretching from the Mexican border to the highlands of north central Guatemala. The Huehuetenango climate is subtropical and the land runs high with altitudes of more than 2,000 metres; warm winds from Mexico's Tehuantepec Plains prevent frost from spoiling the goods grown here. Due to its rough terrain and remoteness, farmers process and dry their own coffee.
These particular beans are from the AAPICAFE Cooperative in the heart of Huehue, two hours from the main city (accessible only by truck). Rough roads? That's an understatement! The average farm size here is around 1 hectare. Each farmer processes their coffee individually and sun dries in small batches. Every available flat space is utilized for drying coffee, even rooftops.
A nice and simple Guat from Huehuetenango with a lemon buzz. This one works across all roasting profiles.
FARM: AAPICAFE Cooperative
ALTITUDE: 1500 – 1800 masl.
VARIETALS: Bourbon, caturra and pache
PROCESS: Washed and fermented for up to 48 hours
GRAIN PRO: Yes
CUPPING NOTES: A lovely deep honey with a lemongrass aroma. Caramel sweet and juicy. Medium acidity.
Roast recommendation: Choose to preference. For an explanation of our different roasts, see here: http://greenbeanery.ca/pages/roasting-chartView full product details
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Let's get this out of the way first, our new batch of mighty Mex is from that most beloved of Mexican coffee regions, Chiapas state in southern Mexico, next door to another coffee favourite: Guatemala. Chiapas is known for its mountainous highlands, gob-smacking scenery, humid climate and the rains that ensure its volcanic soil stays optimal for coffee cultivation. Chiapas is also famous for extraordinary Mayan ruins nestled in lush jungles, colonial architecture and picturesque towns, diverse bird life and wildlife, and as a refuge for indigenous culture and tradition that lives on in the region's excellent cuisine. And the coffee ...
Coffee was originally introduced to this part of Mexico by border neighbour Guatemala, which may explain why Chiapas offerings are so often compared to the best of Guatemala: medium body, medium brightness, a dash of spice and a sweet complexity with a lovely chocolate finish.
Region: Chiapas, Finca Custepec
Variety: Typica and Catuai
Altitude: 1,100 masl.
Process: Washed with fermentation
HG: High grown - typically, the inherent consistency and taste attributes of beans grown at higher altitudes makes them more desirable, and generally more expensive than coffees grown at lower elevations.
EP: European Prep indicates the coffee has undergone rigorous sorting - usually by hand to ensure defective beans and foreign material have been removed.
This batch of Mexican Chiapas offers a light to medium body with little acidity. Expect a well-balanced coffee with delicate fruit notes and some spice overtones. Serve to preference and enjoy. We opted for a darker roast profile for body.
Roast Recommendation: City to Full City. For an explanation of our different roasts, see here: http://greenbeanery.ca/pages/roasting-chart.
About the bean
We don't enjoy lots from Rwanda that often these days but we sure do love the rich Rwandan flavour - typically, a more refined version of neighbouring Kenya and their signature bolder character.
We have never enjoyed a Rwandan bean with these flavour notes before and a cupping score so high: 87! Our supplier has given us top marks indeed for this new offering. Relish it!
In the cup
A very special bright blueberry, honey, citric acidity, silky, clean.
Roast recommendation: Light to medium-dark. For an explanation of our different roasts, see: http://greenbeanery.ca/pages/roasting-chart.
WASHING STATION: Nyamyumba Washing Station
PRODUCERS: Smallholder farmers
FARM SIZE: 400 trees on average
REGION: Western Province
SUB-REGION: Rubacu, Nyamyumba
ALTITUDE: 1500 to 2000 masl.
SCREEN SIZE: 15 up
GRAIN PRO: Yes
DIRECT TRADE: Yes
BAG SIZE: 60kg
Beyond the Bean
Built in 2006, the Nyamyumba washing station can process up to 496 tons of cherry annually. Farmers who deliver cherry to this station manage 400 trees on average.
The coffee processed here is grown in nutrient-rich volcanic clay soils along the high-altitude hills of the Congo Nile Trail, stretching 227 kilometres.