Plantec Coffee Estate (P) Ltd., the supplier of our Nepal Mount Everest Supreme beans, was one of many businesses affected by the recent earthquake disaster in Nepal. Fortunately, no lives were lost, but material damage has been significant. We are striving to sell as many of their beans as possible, as new orders for supply will help their business going forward. To support Plantec with a direct donation, please contact them at email@example.com.
About the bean:
These 100% Arabica beans come from not just the only plantation in Nepal and the Himalayas, but also the northernmost coffee plantation in the entire northern hemisphere. All the beans are organically grown using natural fertilizers on completely reforested land. The plantation owners are strong advocates of environmental initiatives, contributing to such programs as reforestation, soil conservation and preservation of natural habitats. The beans are shade-grown, wet-processed washed in cold Himalayan river water from the Ganesh Himal Mountain Range, sun-dried, and hand-sorted. The beans are then stored in hand-stitched jute bags with screen print.
Growing high-quality, organic coffee in an environmentally-sound manner is just one aspect of this plantation. Because it's in a economically isolated and under-developed region, the plantation has helped create new jobs and bring in much-needed foreign currency for residents. This international trade has helped support a Primary and Secondary school in the plantation's vicinity. It has also contributed to establishing a vibrant local economy, as the plantation buys compost from small farmers during their off-season.
This coffee has an excellent flavor and a light body.
Medium to Full roast.
"The Nepalese is like a perfect friendship - no wrong notes, everything in deep concord. It is a full and complex flavour, embellished with light notes of honey and caramel, extraordinarily well balanced all across the tongue, lightly astringent, with just enough acidity to make it interesting."
About the bean:
Unlike most of our coffees, which are named after the region in which they're grown, Santos is named after the port from which Brazil's famous coffees are shipped -- the beans are a blend of beans from many regions. These beans have been decaffeinated using the Swiss Water Process and are well regarded if unremarkable. The Santos Decaf Swiss Water Process yields a light bodied, low acid brew with a pleasant aroma and a mild, smooth flavor. Many will blend their Santos with pricier, more distinctive beans that retain their intense flavor even when cut with Santos.
Roast this one light.
Even though nearly 75% of Brazil's coffee farms are considered small farm plantations (less than 10 acres each), Brazil has one of the coffee industry's best, most advanced coffee processing systems. It's no wonder Brazil is the world's leading coffee producer.
Brazil Santos gourmet coffee beans are processed using a natural dry method, which dries the coffee bean inside the cherry. This process ensures some of the fruit's sweetness remains.
Santos is the port much of Brazil's coffee passes through, it is not a coffee region.
Strictly Soft (SS-top grade): Grown at a lower altitude, this bean is less acidic than denser beans. The medium-toned brightness it does possess is somewhat reminiscent of tobacco/spice at first taste, but caramel is the longer note. This is a sweet bean, and makes a good base for espresso.
Species: Coffee Arabica
Appearance: 17-18 Screen
Flavour: Good for espresso (lots of crema and body)
Roast: City to Full City (soft bean, will roast quickly)