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EXCLUSIVE BOLIVIA TOP SHELF COFFEES

The Melbourne International Coffee Expo is back for 2017 and we're is proud to present three exceptional coffees from Café Takesi, specifically sourced for this event. Only available to try in Australia at Seven Seeds Carlton, Hortus and Brother Baba Budan, available on Friday 31st March.                                                                                              
But only until stocks last... We only have a small allocation of each coffee available and we’re sure it won’t last long.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                               
CAFÉ TAKESI, JAVA YANACACHI, BOLIVIA
ONLY AVAILABLE AT HORTUS 
This Java originally travelled from Nicaragua as gift to Cafe Takesi. The farmland itself stretches alongside the river Takesi and up through the mountainous ranges that belong to the winding and mighty Andes. Altitudes range from 1700 masl right up to 3200 and because of the unique location, the cherries develop a flavor profile all of their own. Only select preferred sections are used for growing, with other parts being used for fruit and other organic products.                                                                                                           
CAFÉ TAKESI GEISHA, YANACACHI, BOLIVIA
ONLY AVAILABLE AT SEVEN SEEDS
This coffee is none other than the illustrious Geisha. We’ll go you one further - what if
it was grown at the highest recorded coffee farm in the world? Say hello to Cafe Takesi’s Bolivian Geisha. With fields as high as 2500masl, this shrub produces more fruit than what is usual. Because of its location and the studious approach of the Cafe Takesi Team, this was the one place the seeds, gifted from Hacienda La Esmeralda, were able to be germinated.                                                                                                                   
CAFÉ TAKESI, TYPICA PEABERRY, YANACACHI BOLIVIA
ONLY AVAILABLE AT BROTHER BABA BUDAN
One of the more well known coffee varietals, this particular Typica has been grown organically at higher altitudes than what it is probably used to. As a result the trees produce remarkably thicker leaves and impart more complexity to the flavour. The varietal itself was originally gifted to Takesi farm from friends of another growing region, Caranavi.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
We’ll also be running a social media competition for anyone who purchases one of the three coffees on Friday. Simply snap a photo of your coffee and sourcecard, tag @7seedscoffee and #7seedstopshelf and go in the chance to win a merch & kit pack. For three chances to win visit all three venues!

ON THE ROAD: KC VISITS KENYA

Coffee buyers flock to this region for the quality; always juicy, popping acidity and flavours of blackcurrant, green apple and cherry, making travelling to the other side of the world more than worth it.

Our trip started off with two days spent at Dormans - these guys are an institution that have been flying the flag for specialty coffee in Kenya for decades. They're known to test the most experienced cuppers, often staring down the barrel of tables full of coffee samples, with 30+ at a time, only to be eagerly replaced with another 30 samples as soon as you've finished.

After 2 days of intense lab evaluation, we jump in the car and head to the hills of Nyeri and Embu. It's here that you really get a feel for the place. Cool mornings that gradually heat up in the afternoon, the lush green regions are slowly drying out. Red dust fills your shoes and it's one of the many signs that the country is drying out.

Kenya is facing its worst drought in half a decade, they haven't seen rain since October and they don't expect rain for many more months. The coffee harvest is down with reports of around 30 - 50% because of the lack of rain, and coffee prices are up because of this, with some coffee co-ops and washing stations struggling to process their cherry.

The washing stations in Kenya irrigate water from the rivers to wash cherry pulp and skin off the beans. When the rivers are drying up, this makes this crucial process impossible. A lot of washing stations have had to get their farmers to travel many kilometres to other washing stations near flowing rivers. Yet, the coffee farmers, mill managers and coffee workers remain hopeful, and fortunately the quality of the coffee is up this year, which more than justifies the higher prices.

ON THE ROAD: MATTHEW & MARCUS VISIT ETHIOPIA

This year has seen many changes with regards to sourcing and purchasing coffees in Ethiopia, in particular. For Seven Seeds, this means adapting and growing along with these changes. For us, the most important element of green sourcing is to nurture strong relationships at every level where possible and strive to maintain transparency and honesty. 

Some of you may be aware that in the past we have purchased coffees from co-operatives which is facilitated through a union. This year has seen the founding of many new unions, with the drive being to represent specific co-ops in specific regions, this in turn creates an alternative to the existing larger unions that formerly would oversee many of these growing regions. 

You may also be aware that in previous years, Seven Seeds has had the pleasure of showcasing coffees grown in the Agaro region in Jimma. We have found the unique cup profile of these coffees to be exciting, refreshing and of a high quality. 

This year the regions in Jimma have formed their own unions. For us,  this means the potential for a more effective and transparent relationship at farm level. 

It is always a work in progress and there are always ways to improve upon the current system. This year we strive to do just that and can't wait for the opportunity to showcase Ethiopia's stunning offerings once again.