Creamy Full Body, sweet with notes of dried fruit, chocolate and nuts.
Altitude: 1100 m
Sierra Nevada, Colombia
Imported Directly by Mamá Chena Coffee Co.
Although not certified organic, O-JOE partnered with Mamá Chena Coffee Co. because they are directly related to the finca that produces this unique coffee. The Sierra Nevada Region is not widely known for Colombian coffee in Canada, but this unique location allows its farmers to grow foods organically, without the use of harsh synthetic fertilizers. What's more fascinating is the story behind Finca El Recreo - Alberto Sepulveda Explains:
"In 1917 my great-grandparents Papa Fin and Mama Lina traveled north to the Caribbean coast region of Colombia to Santa Marta with the intention of emigrating to Cuba to work in the sugar cane plantations. Whether it was fate, luck, or both, they missed the steamboat and had to then find temporary work in Santa Marta and wait for the next sailing.
Destiny took them to work in the coffee farms, located in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Working there Papa Fin had the opportunity to explore the landscape and discovered a dream that, within a few decades, would become a reality.
Papa Fin and Mama Lina had 9 children who helped them with the plot of land he was given. Among those children was Mama Chena. The family grew the land into a farm, and were able to become independent. In 1947, they acquired several more hectares in the region. Some of these lands are still in possession of Papa Fin's grandchildren. These farms are where Mama Chena's coffee comes from.
In 2007 at the age of 17, I traveled north to Canada on my own. Almost a year later I was joined by my family and we have been plowing away in London, Ontario planting roots in this place we now call home.
I grew up hearing stories about my great-grandfather Papa Fin and his farm. Since arriving, we have wondered how we could bridge the stories of our past and our present via coffee from our family farms. A coffee with a story to tell; a coffee that has seen just about everything.
In 2017, named after my grandmother Argenida, Mama Chena Coffee Co. was born. 100 years after my great-grandparents migrated to Santa Marta. Whether it was fate, luck, or both, we have to yet find out.
1917, 1947, 2007, 2017… Let's see what the next 100 years bring."
VIP 20 Peru • Medium Roast
The story of Café Femenino began in 2004 when women farmers from northern Peru began talking with their cooperative leaders about their desire to separate their coffee from the men’s. These female members of CECANOR felt they put more care into their production, creating a superior product and wanted to know if there might be a market for women’s coffee. CECANOR, having already established a partnership with OPTCO over the previous 10 years, collaborated with us to see how we might organize a women’s only coffee for the international marketplace. Together we developed a full social program with the goal to empower female farmers using the production and sale of their own product as the vehicle to create social change. Today the Café Femenino Program continues to have a huge impact in the daily lives of women around the world and creates greater gender equality in families, cooperatives, and communities. To find out more information about this extraordinary program, click here.
EVERY PURCHASE of Café Femenino contributes to women's initiatives in two ways:
VIP 20 Mastro Giuseppe's Espresso Blend • complex medium roast
After 6 years of roast profile study, O-JOE has decided to produce an exclusive blend of coffee that provides the right combination of nuts, fruit, crema and a silky body for espresso extraction.
With a Brazilian coffee from Cachoeira da Grama in Mogiana as it's base, O-JOE strategically roasts each bean separately to bring out their best characteristics, then blends them with origins from Africa, Indonesia & Latin America to create a coffee with the aromas of nuts, fruit and an incredible créma. The current blend is made up of coffees from:
If you want to know more about each origin, simply scroll through our single origin blends from these regions and you can dive in further into each origin's processing, elevation, certifications and more!
VIP20 Roaster Roulette Dark
Sometimes you want someone else to "pull the trigger"! The Roaster Roulette Dark option for coffee allows you to purchase O-JOE coffee, but have the region and/or blend, and a random Dark roast profile decided by our roaster. It's like Russian Roulette without the risk because each batch is ultra-fresh, ethically sourced and delivered within days of the roast- it's a bullet worth taking!
VIP20 Mexico Chiapas Organic
COUNTRY:Mexico REGION: Chiapas SUB REGION: Sierra Madre, Soconusco PRODUCER: Federation of Cooperative Societies Agroecológica y Cafetalera de Chiapas (FEDCAFE) PROCESS:Washed ALTITUDE:1100+ masl DRYING METHOD:Sun-dried CERTIFICATION: Organic Varietals: 1. Catimor 2. Sarchimor 3. Bourbon 4. Caturra
FEDCAFE is a producer organization located in the regions of Soconusco and Sierra Madre in Chiapas. It was founded in February 2014 and includes two organizations: the Coordinator of Organizations and Communities of the Sierra (COCOSI, est. 2002), and Sumando esfuerzos SC (SESCO, est. 2005). FEDCAFE now has 680 members in the southern zone of the state of Chiapas. It supports producers in a context where "coffee rust" has affected many coffee trees: it is a disease caused by a fungus that causes significant yield losses. Producers are then trained in the practices of fights against this fungal disease through agro-ecological treatments. A replanting program for new coffee trees has also been put in place.
VIP20 Colombia • Organic • Medium Roast
This is another amazing coffee produced by the COSURCA producer group of men & women in Cauca region, Colombia.
The location of the coop is in the heart of the growing areas in Huehue. From the City of Huehue it takes about 2 hours to get to the down and requires a 4x4 truck. Using the word rough to describe the road is an understatement.
The average farm size in the region is about 1 hectare.
All the coffee processed individually by each farmer and therefore sun dried in small batches one each farm. You can see in one of the pictures that every bit of flat spaces is used to dry the coffee, even the roof tops.
As the coop is on a slightly north facing side of the range the cool nights mean that the coffee is fermented for longer periods of time ranging up to 48 hours.
COUNTRY: Guatemala FARM: AAPICAFE REGION: Huehuetenango ALTITUDE: 1500 MASL to 1,800 MASL VARIETALS: Bourbon, Caturra and Pache. PROCESS: Washed and fermented up to 48 hours CERTIFICATION: Organic
CUPPING NOTES: Ripe Fruits with roasted nuts. Light body with a crisp and clean finish.