GIVING BACK TO HELP END ALS | $1 FOR EVERY BAG
ROAST | LIGHT MEDIUM
ORIGIN | YIRGACHEFFE, ETHIOPIA & CALDAS, COLOMBIA
NOTES | BLUEBERRY, RASPBERRY CANDY, MILK CHOCOLATE
One of our three core values as Black & White is community. Community extends from our producing partners all the way to Black & White Cafes and wholesale Cafes who create spaces for communities in their own neighborhoods. Our local coffee community in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina truly would not be the same without Jeanne Luther and Sola Coffee Café.
Three years ago, Jeanne Luther was diagnosed with ALS. She has been a core part of the Raleigh Community through the local cafe, Sola Coffee, and a great friend to several of our own Black & White Employees who got their start in coffee at Sola. The Luthers are a special part of our immediate community here at Black & White. That is why we decided this month through the end of October to join their fight to help raise money to #ENDALS.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease, is a progressive degenerative disease that destroys the neurons that control voluntary and involuntary muscles. Each day Jeanne’s body weakens to the point where she now spends her days in a wheelchair. ALS is taking her ability to breathe and swallow the more it progresses. She is in pain daily as the muscles in her body continually disappear and her limbs grow weaker every day. ALS is not an incurable disease, it is an underfunded one.
This is why we lovingly nicknamed this blend "We Believe in Jeanne." We believe in the power of community to raise awareness and help in the fight against underfunded research. For every bag sold, we are donating $1 to help fight against ALS. Money will be donated to Duke Hospital ALS Clinic, ALSTDI, Project ALS, and the ALS Association.
Jeanne has long been a huge fan of big and fruity naturally processed coffee. In fact, natural coffee from Idido was one of the first naturally processed coffees she ever had. This blend combines two naturals from across the globe for one fruity experience. The flavors of blueberries, raspberry candy, and milk chocolate connect us to what Jeanne loves about coffee and her community by extension. Thank you for helping us support ALS research, and if you feel motivated to donate further you can do so through the Duke ALS Clinic or the ASL Association!
Farm | Idido Natural | Juan Restrepo Natural
Variety | Various Heirlooms | Castillo, Caturra
Process | Natural
Elevation | 1450 - 2000 masl
The Birthday Blend 2021
ROAST | LIGHT MEDIUM
ORIGINS | ETHIOPIA, UGANDA, KENYA
NOTES | VIBRANT, JUICY, TROPICAL, FRUIT SNACKS
It's been a crazy 4 years of Black & White and while we may still be in the middle of a pandemic, we want to celebrate our amazing customers - thank you for sticking with us!
We've put together a vibrant and complex blend of some of the best coffees we have available. We are also sharing this coffee at a much lower price then we probably “should” but we want to share a little of that birthday spirit with you all, our community (no matter where you live).
Each of the three coffees of this blend represent an exciting development within the world of specialty coffee. We want to amplify these developments, as they are key aspects of what we are trying to as B&W: exceptional coffee, kept simple.
Worka Chelbesa CM Washed represents our commitment to a single washing station in a developing region of Ethiopia coffee production. Our significant investment in this washing station and the dedication of our importing partner Atlantic Specialty Coffee have allowed us to request specific processing adaptations. We have always been willing to jump at innovative processing techniques and we believe this coffee will get better each year.
We have purchased coffee from the Gamatui Community for three consecutive years. This year, we were able to commission 10 bags of high-impact fermentation coffee from the washing station. Gamatui Anaerobic Natural is one superb result from this experiment. This was such a fun coffee to brew side by side with the standard natural lot and the Hydro Washed lot.
Coffee from the Mchana Estate gives a glimpse of what specialty coffee in Kenya could look like in a few years time. We hope to be at the forefront of bringing non-washed coffees from Kenya to the table as a way of investing in direct relationships with growing estates in the country.
Blending these coffees together offers a crazy, vibrant sensory experience that highlights different aspects of coffee production and processing that really excite us. Each coffee has an innovative approach to fermentation and flavor development, making all three a standalone within the respective producing country. This coffee has such a juicy mouthfeel with tropical vibes and it tastes like sweet fruit snacks!
Enjoy this amazing and fun coffee; thank you again for being on this journey with us. Share the love, be safe, tip your service pros!
Components | Worka Chelbesa CM Washed, Ethiopia | Gamatui Anaerobic Natural, Uganda | Mchana Natural, Kenya
Process | Carbonic Macerated Washed | Anaerobic Natural | Natural
Elevation | 1600 - 1900 masl
Efrain Naranjo - Double Washed
ROAST | LIGHT MEDIUM
ORIGIN | SANTA ROSA DE LEON CORTES, TARRAZU, COSTA RICA
NOTES | VIBRANT CITRUS, CANDIED APRICOT, DARK HONEY
Efrain Naranjo has been in and around the coffee-producing industry in Costa Rica since 1964. In 2010, he started the Santa Rosa 1900 wet mill with his son, Gelbert. At Santa Rosa 1900, Efrain and his family process an expanding list of coffee varieties and are working on perfecting multiple processing techniques.
This particular lot from the Santa Rosa 1900 is from a farm Efrain purchased in 2004 called Finca Macho. Finca Macho is located in a remote area of Leon Cortes and is between 1900 and 1950 meters above sea level. The microclimate in this area is ideal for high-quality coffee production.
The wet processing operation is overseen by another of Efrain's sons, Kevin. Ripe coffee cherries are rested for 24 hours in a receiving tank before being de-pulped and washed completely. Once washed, the coffee is moved to a separate tank where freshwater is added where a 24-hour fermentation takes place. Finally, the coffee is dried on raised beds (this happens fairly quickly at the Santa Rosa 1900 mill because it is quite windy).
This coffee boasts an exciting flavor profile with vibrant citrus notes and fruited sweetness we describe as candied apricot. A smooth, dark honey finish balances the brightness of the citrus. This is a coffee from Costa Rica you do not want to miss!
Producer | Efrain Naranjo
Wet Mill | Santa Rosa 1900
Variety | Red Catuai
Process | Double Washed
Elevation | 1900 - 1950 masl
Juan Restrepo - Natural
ROAST | MEDIUM
ORIGIN | CHINCHINA, CALDAS, COLOMBIA
NOTES | RED FRUITS, CANDIED ORANGE, MILK CHOCOLATE
Producer | Juan Felipe Restrepo
Farm | Finca Chambaku
Variety | Castillo, Caturra
Process | Natural
Elevation | 1410 - 1490 masl
ROAST | LIGHT
ORIGIN | RUIRU, KIAMBU COUNTY, KENYA
NOTES | VIBRANT CITRUS, TROPICAL FRUITS, WHITE WINE, SUBTLE SPICE
The Mchana Estate represents 906 hectares of land and 459 hectares of land under coffee in Kiambu County, Kenya. It is one of the nation's largest coffee-producing estates. Coffee Management Systems took over the farm from Socifaf in 2017 and placed Wambungo Kamoni in charge of the operations. He knows that Mchana has the capacity to be a large producing state, but he wants to see the quality standards of the coffee improve.
In Kenya, naturally processed coffees are referred to as M'buni and are typically associated with the lowest quality production. High-quality naturally processed coffee in Kenya can only be manufactured at estates large enough to sell directly to specialty importers; so we are fortunate to have gotten our hands on this lot. We are super excited to bring this coffee to you.
The flavors of naturally processed coffees develop as the cherries are dried in the sun on raised beds. This particular coffee was float-separated to use only the ripest cherries and whole-cherry fermented for 18 hours before drying for 3-4 weeks. During drying, sugars present in the cherry break down, leaving amazing flavors in the coffee bean. This natural is particularly clean and vibrant with notes of citrus and tropical fruits. The minimal fermentation impact brings out the sweet, bright acidity of white wine; subtle spices linger, rounding out the experience. Please enjoy this unique coffee from Kenya!
Farm | Mchana Estate
Process | Natural
Variety | SL-28
Elevation | 1600 - 1766 masl
Ivan Solis - Candy Natural
ROAST | LIGHT MEDIUM
ORIGIN | SANTA MARIA DE DOTA, TARRAZU, COSTA RICA
NOTES | TART MANGO, MIXED RED CANDIES, RED SANGRIA
Ivan Solis is an innovative and adventurous coffee processor in the Santa Maria de Dota subregion of Tarrazu, Costa Rica. When we learned about the processing innovations he is perfecting, we jumped at the opportunity to bring you this "Candy Natural." This is a coffee you are not going to want to miss!
Ivan comes from a long line of agricultural workers in Costa Rica. He has worked in the food and coffee production sector for almost his entire life. His experiences at two of the largest milling operations in Costa Rica have given him a unique perspective on coffee production and allowed him to meet hundreds of farmers in the Tarrazu region. He became a certified Q Grader in 2009 and has been operating his own wet mill (Santa Fe) since 2017. He is an expert producer and processor and is willing to try new things to produce some truly amazing coffees.
This "Candy Natural" is a bag-held anaerobic fermentation technique with an added twist. Mosto is essentially a bacteria "mother" left after fermenting coffee cherries. This sweet, funky juice contains microorganisms that kick-start the bag held fermentation. Each Mosto is different and will produce different flavor profiles in the coffee produced. Ivan must skillfully match the freshly picked coffee cherries of different varieties that come from nearby farms to the right Mosto profile. After 4 days of fermentation, the coffee cherries are placed on raised beds to dry in the sun. Keeping the cherries in a thicker layer on the raised beds slows the drying time. A slower drying time can increase the complexity and fruitiness of the resulting coffee, but careful attention is required to ensure there are no off-flavors produced.
Out of 3 Mosto fermented lots sent to us by Ivan, this "Candy Natural" profile stood out - it is incredibly complex and sweet. Initially, there is the tropical flavor of tart mangos. This initial brightness gives way to some wild flavors we can only describe as mixed red candies - lots of berries, lots of sweetness, lots of fun. There is some lingering booziness from the extended drying process of this coffee. If you've enjoyed our anaerobic naturals in the past, this will be an even more intense experience.
Farmers | Ronald Madregal Monge and Joaquin Solis
Washing Station | Santa Fe Wet Mill, owned and operated by Ivan Solis
Process | Candy Natural
Variety | Catuai
Elevation | 1500 - 1900 masl
Esteban Zamora - Anaerobic
ROAST | LIGHT MEDIUM
ORIGIN | EL RODEO, SAN MARCOS, TARRAZU, COSTA RICA
NOTES | CINNAMON, LEMON SHORTBREAD, CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
Something we have begun to look forward to every year is the release of a Cinnamon Anaerobic coffee from Costa Rica. Esteban Zamora is a mechanical engineer by training who comes from a family of coffee producers. He and his brothers, Felipe and Jacob, grow and process coffee together at their 5-hectare plantation and wet mill in addition to processing coffees for nearby families. We commissioned this coffee from Esteban, promising to pay for the coffee he fermented with cinnamon. We hope this begins a long-term relationship of commissioned coffees with increasingly ambitious experimentation.
Historically, coffees from the El Cedro farm (managed by Esteban and Felipe) have been washed or honey process and received respectable cupping scores, but have not brought quite a high enough selling price. Working with us to produce this cinnamon coffee has brought a more sustainable price point to Esteban and the families he works with. Esteban was even willing to share his technique with us!
Fresh coffee cherries are brought to La Cruz wet mill where the fruit is pulped but mucilage is not washed off of the seed. Everything other than the cascara (coffee cherry skin) is added to grainpro bags and combined with 1 kilo of cinnamon powder for every 46 kilos of coffee cherry. This mixture ferments in an anaerobic environment for 6 days before being moved to concrete patios to begin drying. The drying process is finished in stationary mechanical dryers at the mill. Reactions between the cinnamon powder and the mucilage form a seal around the coffee seed, making it harder to dry and requiring the use of mechanical dryers.
On the cupping table, this coffee has a super creamy body and pastry-like complexity. Cinnamon is the pronounced first note, as it should be. But there is also a nice, sweet acidity we're describing as lemon shortbread. We are grateful to have been a part of bringing this exceptional coffee into the world and we are excited for you to try it.
Producer | Esteban Zamora, owner and operator of La Cruz wet mill
Farm | El Cedro, El Rodeo
Process | Cinnamon Anaerobic
Variety | Caturra, Catuai
Elevation | 1600 - 2000 masl
ROAST | LIGHT
ORIGIN | NENSEBO, WEST ARSI, OROMIA, ETHIOPIA
NOTES | SWEET CITRUS, FRESH CHERRY, FLORAL HONEY
Our coffees with a bright, yellow label resemble one of our year-round blends - The Original. These washed process coffees are a representation of some of the best coffee from Ethiopia. Refisa Washed is our newest Yellow Label coffee. It shines on the cupping table with bright floral and citrus notes and it stands out from past Yellow Label coffees for its distinct fruity characteristic, uncommon in washed process coffees.
Ethiopia is one of the only places in the world where the amount of land used to cultivate coffee is growing annually, rather than shrinking. This growth is driven primarily by specialty coffee interest in and demand for coffee from Ethiopia. As a result, entirely new coffee-growing regions are being established. Coffee grown in these new regions continues to surprise and excite us. The Refisa Washing Station represents 588 smallholder coffee farms and is located in the heart of the Nensebo district in the region of West Arsi. Coffee from the West Arsi region has only been cultivated and sold within the last 5-7 years. The Refisa Washing Station is already helping this region make a name for itself in the world of specialty coffee (1/3 of the 2020 Cup of Excellence winners in Ethiopia came from the Nensebo district).
This particular lot of Refisa Washed was set aside especially for us to try. The producing team thought we would appreciate the notable fruitiness of this coffee, and we're all about it! Ripe coffee cherries were picked and floated to remove defects, then washed and soaked for 5 hours. The washed coffee was fermented for 72 hours before being dried on raised beds for 9-11 days.
Sweet citrus flavors are the first thing you will notice about this coffee. Sugars developed in the roasting process nicely complement the inherent brightness of this washed coffee. What distinguishes this coffee from West Arsi from other regions is the fruit flavors we identify as fresh cherries. The cup profile is rounded out with even more honey sweetness and florality. Please enjoy this exciting new coffee from a developing region of coffee growers!
Producer: Neguesse Debela (owner of SNAP) working with farmers in the communities of Refisa, Roricho, Bulga, and Solena
Exporters and Washing Station: SNAP Coffee | Refisa Washing Station
Variety: Wolisho and Kurume
Elevation: 1900 - 2070 masl
Idido - Natural
ROAST | LIGHT MEDIUM
ORIGIN | YIRGACHEFFE, ETHIOPIA
NOTES | FLORAL, WHITE PEACH, RED FRUIT, JUICY
Our first release of Idido Anaerobic Natural was a hit and sold faster than expected! Our cafes are just now brewing it up either as a filtered coffee or espresso. So we decided to release the standard natural process lot from the Idido community a little early. This is a delicate natural coffee with a juicy mouthfeel, processed with great attention to detail.
Growers | Farmers of the Idido community and surrounding areas
Producer | Abiyot Ageze, owner of Boledu Trading
Process | Natural
Variety | Various
Elevation | 1950 - 2300
ROAST | LIGHT MEDIUM
ORIGIN | KAPCHORWA, SIPI FALLS, UGANDA
NOTES | GRAPE CANDY, APRICOT, MILK CHOCOLATE
We are excited to welcome back a crowd favorite. This coffee comes from the Gamatui Community by Kawacom. Kawacom was started in Uganda in 1999. It helped build the Sipi Falls Washing station in the Eastern Part of the country, on Mt Elgon. Kawacom has been producing super high-quality naturally processed coffee for three years now. With a precise focus on the quality of their natural and honey processed coffees, they have been getting better and better each year.
This particular coffee shows an amazingly clean, clear fruit character with a lovely medium plus acidity. Every step along the way we have been encouraged by the amazing flavors and willingness to innovate with this project. We hope to continue with this project long-term. This natural processed coffee is dried on raised beds (but in a much thinner layer than is typical). The dried coffee is then hand-sorted for quality. This coffee has a soft, velvety body with notes of strawberry, grape candy, and apricot.
We are in love with this year's standard natural process lot. We also have two experimental processing lots we collaborated on this year - we can't wait to share them! Each experimental lot is over two years in the making and we are crazy excited to see them come to life. Special thanks to Tim Hill and the team at Atlantic Specialty and Kawacom for helping us with these three lots.
Producer | Gamatui Community, Sipi Falls Washing Station
Region | Kapchorwa, Mt. Elgon, Uganda
Process | Natural
Variety | SL28
Elevation | 1900 masl
Worka Chelbesa - CM Washed
ROAST | LIGHT
ORIGIN | GEDEB, ETHIOPIA
NOTES | WHITE FLOWERS, LEMON, CHERRY, PEACH, BLACK TEA
Coffee from the Worka Chelbesa washing stations in Gedeb, Ethiopia have quickly become of our most anticipated lots each year. In fact, we buy more coffee from this washing station than any other. We are such big fans of these coffees for many reasons including the undeniable the quality. Additionally, the team at Atlantic Specialty Coffee works closely with Neguesse Debela (the owner of the washing station) to push the envelope on new and innovative processing methods.
Our Worka Chelbesa CM Washed is the first of three commissioned experimental processing lots we will offer this year. CM stands for Carbonic Macerated and is very new and unique in the world of coffee processing. Ripe coffee cherries are loaded into large containers where oxygen is flushed out of the system using compressed CO2. This lowers the overall temperature of the chamber and allows a particular bacteria strain, lactobacillus, to thrive. Sugars in the coffee cherry are consumed by lactobacillus and the result is more CO2 and lactic acid.
When CM coffees are washed before drying, some of the brightness and fruit characteristic can be lost. So this year, the fermentation impact is even higher, owing to a longer in-chamber fermentation time. Washed coffee from Worka Chelbesa is enjoyed for its big florality and tea-like body with a dark honey sweetness. Our CM Washed lot for 2021 maintains that lovely floral quality and has much more stone fruit flavor with sweet peaches and nectarine being quite pronounced. There is more body and texture in this coffee and the acidity is nicely rounded by the fruitiness.
This coffee marries the flavor profiles of washed coffee from the Yirgacheffe and Guji regions. We've been looking forward to it all year! You're going to love this coffee and we hope you'll keep an eye out for the other experimental lots, in addition to the traditional washed lot from Worka Chelbesa.
Farm | Smallholder farmers organized around the Chelbesa coffee mill
Process | Carbonic Maceration Washed
Elevation | 1800 - 1900 masl
ROAST | MEDIUM DARK
ORIGIN | VALLE DE CAUCA, COLOMBIA
NOTES | CARAMEL, MILK CHOCOLATE AND SUBTLE CHERRY
The Sugarcane Decaffeination process is a natural process that not only maintains the integrity of the coffee flavor while allowing for greater transparency and efficiency. These coffees are grown, processed, dried, and decaffeinated all within a relatively small area within the producing country. This keeps transportation and taxation costs lower as the coffee does't have to move in and out of multiple countries.
Colombian Sugar Cane process more technically known as EA has dramatically changed the landscape of decaf coffee within the specialty market. These coffees offer greater transparency, faster turn arounds, and most importantly improved flavor complexity. Since Colombia is vertically integrated having the decaffeination plant in country it saves time, and ensures that coffees arrive fresher to us and therefore our customers.
For the last 2 years, we have worked with our exporting partners to source year-round amazing Sugarcane Process decaffeinated coffees. We are proud of the quality of decaf coffees, the cup speaks for itself.
Origin | Valle de Cauca, Colombia
Process | Sugar Cane/ EA
NEW - CONCEPT SERIES INSTANT - We took some of our favorite higher end coffees and made them into instant coffee! We cant wait for you to try them.
We put as much care into our instant coffee as we do our roasting. Take our instant and add hot water for instant coffee or even milk for an instant latte.
This item comes with 6 pouches that make 1 - 8oz cup each