I am proud to offer this outstanding microlot from a rarely-seen origin, the Dominican Republic. Possessed of a uniquely Caribbean character, this 100% organic microlot is one of the most distinctive and delicious coffees we’ve tried this year. It is sourced from a socially and environmentally responsible producer who strives to be a force for positive change in this economically troubled region.
This coffee comes from a certified organic single estate in the Jarabacoa region of the Dominican Republic. The Ramirez Estate employs over 400 people. 40 percent of the workers are female and many of them are Haitian migrant workers. Workers are paid roughly 300 percent higher wages than Fair Trade standard, and the Estate uses a sizable portion of their profits to create sustainable gas recycling (to reduce emissions), water filtration (to prevent river contamination), and to donate computers and books to many of the local schools. This estate is an example for how coffee businesses that become successful should operate in their community.
Cupping Notes: Nose of chocolate, boot leather and Earth with a hint of smoked Guajillo. Smooth and creamy body. Lots of cocoa powder and baking spice, notes of almonds with just a bit of sweet orange cream on the finish.
Origin: Dominican Republic
Elevation: 1,400 masl
Process: Washed, Rotating Dryers