Why Regions Matter
profiles change from region to region; coffees from different regions usually follow different taste profiles and different roasting profiles. Coffees in Africa drastically vary, Kenyan coffees are renowned for bright complex berry and fruit notes, while Tanzanian coffees can follow lively acidity and interesting flavours. Regions allow cultivators to create notable cups that vary intensely from cups found in other areas.
Additionally, since coffee grows in numerous regions around the world, the same variation in complexity on continental regions is relatively more notable on global regions. Regions like Indonesia and south China have created subtle notes that follow with complex spice and very little floral and fruit notes. The country of Papua New Guinea often sport buttery quality and sweetness, and typically export AA rated high cupping coffee.
The most notable country that has been producing coffee longer than any other Asian coffee producing country is Yemen. Yemen is a unique example of the coffee industry, with a strong demand for Yemeni coffee the trade for them never commoditized. For centuries the coffee have been blended into less intense cultivars. Yemeni coffee is known for its extremely pungent nature, and has been regarded as some of the strongest coffee in the world. Slightly fermented fruit notes incur either praise or scrutiny from the coffee world. With terraced farms accented by large mountains, its certainly a sight.
Coffee is changing, let's take a look at the facts!
We've always had a passion for doing it right
Bluebarn Coffee Roasters believes in ethical sourcing of our green coffee, through Direct Trade, or through partners who are committed to paying fair prices that are far above market average for the best quality green coffees. We are often asked if we are Fair Trade. We respect the Fair Trade movement for not only being committed to the economical and social welfare of coffee growing communities, but also for bringing awareness to issues of price fairness within the broader coffee-drinking community.
At Bluebarn, we strive to go beyond what has been established by the Fair Trade model and think we can make a bigger difference by adopting a Direct Trade model and by making transparency a priority. Direct Trade means that we are building long-term relationships with our green coffee producers by getting to know the farmers, visiting the farms, and coming to a mutual understanding of the values and ethics that are central to our respective businesses, in order to forge partnerships that are built on trust. We take great care to partner with producers who prioritize community building as well as sustainable and ethical farming practices, and in turn we offer them premium specialty prices greater than they would otherwise receive, even on the Fair Trade market.
We try our hardest to make a positive change.
Exports can help both coffee buyers and coffee growers determine which areas and which prices make the most sense for the profiles their trying to fill. Here at Bluebarn we're constantly trying coffees from around the globe. Trying coffees that have interesting profiles, interesting flavours and interesting stories. Much of the impact the modern coffee consuming world can have in these developing regions is making informed decisions when it comes to buying coffee. For us it's not just about selling, roasting and drinking coffee; it's about helping where we can. Helping with your morning cup and helping our friends who grow the delicious stuff, with fair prices and deals that are designed to empower the industry to change for the better.