We are proud to serve you,
NOTES: Pecan, caramel corn, aromatic pipe tobacco mild, easy drinking, very creamy
ORIGIN: Anse-à-Foleur, La Croix St. Joseph, Île de la Tortue Guichard, Jean Claire
DEPARTMENT: Nord Oest
ALTITUDE: 800 M.A.S.L.
LATITUDE: 19° 93'N
VARIETY: Heirloom Typica
PROCESS: Pulped Natural
This exceptional coffee is the result of seven years of tireless work on behalf of our esteemed producing partners in Port-de-Paix. Cafèière et Cacaoyère du Nord-Ouest (COCANO) is a coffee cooperative run by president Semilfort, five regional zone representatives and over 300 producer families. Arabica Typica coffee seeds were brought directly to Haiti from Ethiopia in the 1700’s. Heirloom Typica now grows everywhere here. It is common for a family to maintain a coffee garden. The coffee grown here is most often sold on the local market or to speculators.
The obstacles to coffee production in the northwest of Haiti are immense. Natural disasters including earthquakes and hurricanes have affected many promising harvests. Basic infrastructure such as roads and access to water and electricity are limited at best and often undependable. After the devastating earthquake in 2010, international aid inadvertantly introduced cholera to Haiti.
Semilfort and each zone rep play a vital role in the pursuit of quality. Farmers bring their coffee cherries to their zone’s collection center. Zone reps evaluate and buy the cherries at a significant premium over the local market price. From there, they begin the work of processing and drying the coffee.
We’ve travelled to the northwest regularly since 2011; visiting farms, building raised beds and in 2020 we participated in the inauguration of Cocano’s very own storage depot. We have worked together to identify and eliminate defect. We have evaluated each lot of coffee produced since 2011. We have seen this project come a long way and are beyond excited and optimistic for the future. This years harvest is exceptional and gratifying for all of us. This coffee has an incredibly heavy mouthfeel, great sweetness and a beautifully clean finish and aftertaste. We’ve seen this project come a long way... Please enjoy!