Eco Cafe Station, Haiti

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Eco Cafe Station, Haiti

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Region: Le Nord
Processing: Wet, drying on raised beds
Altitude: 800-1200 meters
Varietals: Heirloom Typica
Certifications: None, but directly sourced and EcoCafe is doing amazing things in Haiti.

Our Tasting Notes:

As a lower grown, washed, island coffee the acidity is mellow and softly citric. The fragrance is mild, nutty, with quaffs of wheat. The taste of EcoCafe's coffee, however, is definitively smooth and chocolatey. The body is medium and finish clean, short, and sweet. For those who like a dark roast without burnt flavors or a clean, smooth, easy drinking coffee, this is it.

SOLD OUT! Fresh crop is due to arrive in March. Follow us on instagram to stay tuned!

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Discussions of Fair Trade and sustainability should begin and end with EcoCafe. EcoCafe is a washing station in Ranquitte, a small village in the north of Haiti. Begun as a partnership between a missionary organization and a US businessman, the company is now run fully in Haiti by Haitians. When last we visited, Frantz Rosner, the lead Haitian agronomist, and Tom Durant, the US businessman, had accomplished their initial goals: prevent crop devastating mudslides by terracing the surrounding mountains and hillsides and replanting trees, training families to grow their own vegetable gardens to end malnutrition, and build a coffee processing center that could export specialty grade coffee. Since then, USAID representatives have said EcoCafe is the only viable, hopeful, long term coffee operation on the island, and Digicel has named Eco Cafe the Entrepreneur of the Year. In addition to the 4 full time and 15 part time employees, Eco Cafe teaches farmers how to prune, fertilize, and pick to maximize yields on their 50+ year old, heirloom Typica trees. Most of these farmers are truly gardeners who have small plots. So, the lots we get represent the entire lot of perfectly ripe cherry from many different tiny family plots on the mountains surrounding Ranquitte.