November 12, 2019

Handy Market

These coffees are currently on sale at Handy Market. Get to know the source of these coffees better and read tasting notes.

ETHIOPIA Halo Beriti

Halo Beriti Washing Station was established in 2014 and serves 750 smallholder producers, who deliver their coffee in cherry form. This particular lot is part of a special preparation in which hand-sorting was done repeatedly throughout the receiving and drying process, ensuring that only perfect coffees made it into the bags.

Coffees in Ethiopia are typically traceable to the washing station level, where smallholder farmers—many of whom own less than 1/2 hectare of land, and as little as 1/8 hectare on average—deliver cherry by weight to receive payment at market rate.

Cupping Notes: Sugary and sweet with tart fruit acidity, cocoa and berry flavors.


Okapa Roots Farmers Association is a cooperative founded in 2012 and includes about 1,590 smallholder producers from the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea. Most farmers here don’t have coffee “farms” but rather coffee “gardens,” small plots of land on which they grow the crops. Coffee is an important cash crop, and organizing into a group helps the farmers earn a higher price for their offerings at the mill. The co-op also focuses on encouraging women producers to participate.

Members pick their coffee ripe and depulp it the same day. It’s fermented dry for about 26–36 hours, depending on the temperature, and washed using channels after the fermentation is done. The coffee is dried on raised beds for 3–5 days depending on the weather.

Cupping Notes: Sweet and savory with tart acidity, praline, cocoa and citrus fruit flavors.

UGANDA Gorilla Summit

Gorilla Summit Coffee is a project founded with the express mission to allow farmers to earn better income on their coffee. By offering training in order to improve farming and harvesting techniques, as well as building a cherry receiving station and installing modern processing equipment, Gorilla Summit Coffee has helped farmers produce higher-quality coffee and has brought this region to the forefront of specialty coffee in the country.

These coffees are grown in an area near Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and forest, a protected primeval forest that reaches elevations up to 2,600 meters.

Cupping Notes: Sweet, clean, tart and fruity with cocoa, cranberry and praline flavor.