Adventure Variety Box

$25.00

Whether you're having a hard time choosing just one coffee or you're new to Rothrock Coffee, this variety box will give you a great overview of our approach to coffee sourcing and roasting our limited release offerings. 

Use our Brew Guides or learn more about the coffees in your box with coffee stories below.

 

Single Origin Adventure

Adventure through three different coffee origins:

Kenya: Kalua AA

In the past, Kenyan coffees were traded exclusively through an auction system, where green buyers from all over the world had the opportunity to bid on lots from individual producers, factories (coffee mils), and/or cooperatives.

Many have accredited this system for the consistency and quality that Kenyan coffees are known for; however, over the last 15 years a growing number of producers, exporters, and importers have abandoned the auction format in favor of a new purchasing system.

Widespread corruption had led to many famers being cheated out of a large portion of the auction price of their coffees, so much so that in 2006 a law was passed that allowed private export companies to trade coffee directly with producers.

Known as “the Second Window” this practice has now become the preferred way that specialty grade coffee is traded. It helps to ensure that farmers and/or cooperative unions receive a high percentage of sale price for their coffee and it allows more direct relationships to be formed between producers and roasters; simplifying the supply chain.

This lot in particular was produced by a number of smallholder producers, all of whom are members of the Mitaboni Farmers’ Cooperative Society. These farmers live in the hills to the southeast of Nairobi and deliver their coffee to the Kalua Coffee Factory for post-harvest processing.

The area is not as well-known as the nearby Kiambu and Embu regions, however its high altitude and rolling hills are well suited for the production of high quality coffee.

Brazil: Fortaleza

Sebastião Ribeiro and Lucia Vilela come from humble backgrounds and have leveraged their experience in farming coffee to provide a prosperous life for their family. The pair began their careers working on a farm near the small town of Patrocino in the micro-region of Chapadão de Ferro (a sub-region of Cerrado Miniero). After years of hard work, Sebastião and Lucia were able to acquire a four hectare parcel of land nearby, which is now Fazenda Fortaleza.

The couple enjoys managing all aspects of production. As Sebastião puts it, ”We are proud to participate in the entire process from harvest to consumption and it is great pride for us. Our biggest challenge and focus is to produce quality and introduce everyone to the unique quality of coffees from the Chapadão de Ferro region to which we belong.”

Chapadão de Ferro is located near the city of Patrocínio. This micro-region lies in the vicinity of an extinct volcano, so the unique cup profiles of coffees produced here are attributed to the nutrient-rich volcanic soil and above-average altitude.

Colombia: El Puente

The El Puente processing facility is owned and operated by Rodrigo Sanchez and his wife Claudia Samboni, under the umbrella of their company Aromas del Sur; which includes several farms, cupping labs, and a state-of-the-art dry mill, in the Palestina region of southern Huila.

Although there are small wet-mills on Rodrigo’s farms, he made the decision to construct El Puente so that he could increase overall production capacity. Having a centralized mill that can process large amounts of coffee cherries from several farms allows him to grow more coffee without overwhelming the staff at his existing mills, giving them the time they need to carefully process high quality micro-lots.

That’s not to say that the larger lots coming from El Puente are of lesser quality. The facility itself was specifically designed to process large amounts of coffee cherries and it is outfitted with the necessary equipment to do just that. Additionally, the staff running El Puente are some of the most skilled coffee professionals in all of Huila.