August Coffee Box 2021

August 2021 Buenos Beans specialty coffee box

This month, we’re joining together the forces of a well-known crowd favourite, and one of our undercover local gems – we’re happy to bring you Five Elephant from Berlin, and Roastains from Cracow.

Here you will find more information on the roasters, coffees, plantations and farmers. Check it out while sipping on your brew. We hope you enjoy these coffees as much as we do!

Five Elephant

Wojtek Bialczak Five Elephant

We got to know Wojtek, the head roaster of Five Elephant, at Milan’s 2019 Coffee Festival, and we quickly got carried away with geeky coffee talk fuelled by a few filter coffees and espressos.

We ended up bringing some beans home, which was the start of a regular love for their coffees!

Five Elephant was founded in 2010 in Berlin, and is now one of Europe’s powerhouse coffee roasters, with an ever changing selection of always fresh coffees. In many cases, they’re heavily involved with the actual production of the coffees at origin – the Brazil Sítio Canaã, which we’re sharing this month, is a perfect example of this.

Brazil, Sítio Novo Canaã

Sitio Canaa / Novo Canaa
Photo credit: Five Elephant

(all boxes – espresso)

Country: Brazil
Region: Caconde, São Paulo
Plantation: João Hamilton, Sítio Novo Canaã
Growing altitude: 1,200 – 1,350 masl
Process: Natural
Variety: Obata
Aroma and taste: Orange, grape, red apple.

Brazil, Sítio Canaã Obata

(all boxes – filter)

Country: Brazil
Region: Caconde, São Paulo
Plantation: João Hamilton, Sítio Canaã
Growing altitude: 1,200 – 1,350 masl
Process: Natural
Variety: Obata
Aroma and taste: Wild strawberry, cantaloupe, sugarcane.

Obatã is a hybrid variety, and it is estimated that there are some Robusta roots in its lineage. Partly because of this, after the first lots were picked in the farm a few years ago, the coffee was not prioritised, and treated as second grade.

During blind cupping of all the farm’s lots, one coffee really blew the cupper’s minds, and scored the highest any coffee has ever scored at Sitio Canaã. This was the “lower grade” Obatã variety. This was over five years ago, and this happy accident allows us to enjoy this special coffee today!

The filter and espresso coffees from this month’s Sitio Canaã and Novo Canaã are almost from the exact same place – Sitio Canaã is the original farm where João was settled, and Sitio Novo Canaã is the neighbouring farm which he started taking care of after the original owner moved to the city and decided to abandon the plantation.

Colombia, Finca Pensilvania

Finca Pensilvania
Photo credit: Five Elephant

(medium and large boxes – espresso)

Country: Colombia
Region: El Mirador, Palermouila
Plantation: Diomed Montano Tovar, Finca Pensilvania
Growing altitude: 1,800 masl
Process: Washed
Variety: Castillo, Colombia
Aroma and taste: Lime, toffee, cacao nibs.

At 1,800 masl on the side of a remarkable mountain range in Palermo, Colombia, lays Diomed Montano Tovers’ beloved coffee farm Pensilvania.

Diomed is a calm and joyful family man who lives and works on Pensilvania together with his wife, Nilsa. Together they raised three children, built their own house, and produce outstanding coffees.

Processing is also done at the farm by Diomed, though his main focus is what he calls “the harder work”, the non-harvest tasks of fertilizing, weeding, pruning and stumping the coffee trees.

Colombia, La Cocha

Finca La Cocha
Photo credit: Five Elephant

(medium and large boxes – filter)

Country: Colombia
Region: Chachagüí, Nariño
Plantation: Dionicio Gómez, Finca La Cocha
Growing altitude: 1,950 masl
Process: Washed
Variety: Castillo, Colombia, Typica, Maragogipe
Aroma and taste: Cranberry jam, green grape, vanilla.

Don Dionicio Gomez is the owner of two coffee farms, separated by a dirt road – El Guayabo, and La Cocha. Cocha is the Quechua word for “body of water”, which is fitting as the farm is indeed located on the banks of the short Bermudez river.

The different varieties grown in these farms are processed on site as well, with most of the coffees being washed as per the more traditional Colombian styles. Don Dionicio takes pride in his work, and has never had any coffees rejected by the local cooperative – we hope you are able to taste all this effort going to your cup!

Roastains

Lukasz Roastains
Photo courtesy of Roastains

Roastains is one of our local gems, and from initial discovery, we’ve been always delighted by their coffees and roast style.

Their name is inspired from leaving a mark through their coffees, a mark of their long term actions on the coffee world, paying good prices for their coffees and promoting a culture of sustainability. Roastains started not with in-house roasting, but as explorers, seeking the best coffees they could find, and having those roasted by some of the best roasters in Poland.

This had them travel to different origins, like Ethiopia and Brazil, where they got to know first-hand the experiences of growing and exporting coffees in those countries.

Meanwhile, as they were growing and finding more interesting coffees, they were also learning to roast in house by taking courses, and as always, lots of trial and error with their own sample roaster!

Burundi, Hero Shrew

Burundi Hero Shrew
Photo courtesy of Roastains. Photo credit: Long Miles Coffee Project

(all boxes – espresso)

Country: Burundi
Region: Kibira, Kayanza
Producer: Local smallholders
Washing station: Heza, Long Miles
Growing altitude: 2,000 masl
Process: Natural
Variety: Bourbon
Aroma and taste: Gooseberry, currant, grapefruit.

Nkonge, Gitwe and Mutana are the hills that deliver cherries to the Long Miles Heza Station, with over 2,000 smallholder farmers bringing their cherries in.

The station is located at an altitude of 1960m above sea level, and the altitude offers impressive views of the Kibira rainforest. “Heza” means “beautiful place” in the Rundi or Kirundi language of Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania and Uganda.

The station was built in January 2014 and currently serves nearly 2,000 individual farmers. In addition to helping farmers and increasing available jobs, an additional goal of the Long Miles Coffee Project is to reforest land that has been devastated by the war in Burundi.

Indonesia, Rainmaker

Indonesia Rainmaker
Photo courtesy of Roastains

(all boxes – filter)

Country: Indonesia
Region: Kerinci Regency, Sumatra
Plantation: Koerintji Barokah Bersama Cooperative
Growing altitude: 1,200 – 1,700 masl
Process: Natural
Variety: Andung Sari, S. 795, P-88, Sigararutang, Gayo 2, Ateng Super
Aroma and taste: Rhubarb, red fruit, and tobacco.

This coffee comes from Sumatra – the Indonesian island with the heaviest rainfall and the highest volcano in the country – Kerinci at 3800 masl.

Fertile volcanic soils and high altitudes around the Kerinci Seblat National Park make it a great place to grow coffee.

The people behind the beans you hold in your hands are members of Koerintji Barokah Bersama Cooperative – 320 coffee growers in the region.

The cooperative is managed by Triyono, how used to sell vegetables and chickens to maintain himself, but then developed coffee knowledge thanks to a local project and created a very prolific coffee cooperative.

Colombia, Flying Buddy

Colombia Flying Buddy
Photo courtesy of Roastains

 (large box only – espresso)

Country: Colombia
Region: Los Monos, Ciudad Bolívar, Antioquia
Plantation: Hernan & Eugenio Prieto Soto, Finca Villa Clabelina
Growing altitude: 1,500-1,800 masl
Process: Washed
Variety: Castillo, Caturra, Colombia
Aroma and taste: Chocolate, almonds, yellow greengage plums.

Hernan and Eugenio Prieto Soto are brothers who run the Villa Clabelina plantation that is handed down in the family from generation to generation.

The farm is located at an altitude of 1500-1800 m above sea level, and was planted with Caturra and Colombia coffee varieties more than fifty years ago.

The Prieto Soto brothers are a part of the Coffee Growers Association, a group of farmers working in producing high standard quality coffee with fair prices and economic, social and environmentally sustainable work.

Brazil, Funky Pot

Brazil Funky Pot
Photo courtesy of Roastains

(large box only – filter)

Country: Brazil
Region: Serra do Cabral, Minas Gerais
Plantation: Flanzer Family, Fazenda Ecoagricola
Growing altitude: 1,100 masl
Process: Dry Fermentation
Variety: Yellow Catucai
Aroma and taste: Gean, cherry, amaretto.

If you’ve been with us for a while, you know that Brazil doesn’t have to mean classical chocolatey, nutty flavours. Coffees from this South American country can be super fruity and this is one of them.

It comes from the EcoAgricola plantation in Serra do Cabral, which is dedicated to cultivate great quality beans in a highly sustainable way.

The farm owners started to make forestry projects in the 1970s, while preserving large portions of the lands in the region. In the 2000s, they introduced the coffee culture, due to its great fit for the region.

Their coffees are cultivated and processed with great attention to detail, which is confirmed by multiple awards they received on regional and national level.

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