We have a passion and love for coffee! Offering quality, direct-trade specialty coffee is very important to us. Each week, we sample coffee from local green bean importers to curate coffees for our customers, and select farms we have a direct relationship with. The emphasis on Direct Trade allows coffee producers to receive a liveable income and increases communication between all players of the supply chain. All of our coffee is custom roasted fresh every week right here in YYC!

Farm: Finca La Florida
Location: Huila, Colombia
Tasting Notes: Dark chocolate, hibiscus flower, red apple, cane sugar
Elevation: 1700m
Process: Washed
Whole Bean Filter Coffee 340g

Farm: Pluma Juquila Lacho
Location: Juquila, Oaxaca, Mexico
Tasting Notes: Dark chocolate, Brown Sugar, Bing Cherry
Elevation: 900-1600m
Varietal: Typical
Process: Washed
Whole Bean Drip Coffee 340g

Farm: Guji Espresso
Location: Ethiopia
Tasting Notes: Raw Cacao,
Pomelo, Citrus
Elevation: 1850-2000m
Process: Washed
Whole Bean Espresso Coffee 340g

Farm: Finca La Villa
Location: Palencia Canton, Guatemala
Tasting Notes: Milk Chocolate, Red Fruit, Floral
 Elevation: 1500m
Varietal: Red Bourbon
Process: Washed
Whole Bean Drip Coffee 340g

What Is Direct Trade Coffee?

Direct trade is less of an organization and more of a method or ideology. It is a type of sourcing where roasters (distributors) buy direct-ly from farmers (producers). This method of trade came about as a way to address some of the pitfalls of fair trade practices, such as smallholder farmers not able to afford certification. Direct trade includes exchanging higher premiums for higher quality coffee, ensuring that both the farmers (who are getting paid more) and the consumers (who are getting better coffee) are happy. More info.

 

The Coffee Price Crisis

The price of arabica coffee plunged to a 14 year low of $0.87/ lbs on the Coffee and Commodities Market (C-Market) in May 2019. The dip was caused by highly efficient producers, such as large machine-assisted estates in Brazil, that are able to keep their production costs low while flooding the marketplace with supply. 70% of the world’s coffee is produced by smallholder farmers who only harvest one, hand-picked crop per year.  However, millions of these smallholder coffee farmers are abandoning their crops because they can’t afford to sustain a living.

We are members of the Specialty Coffee Association because we care about purchasing beans that offer farmers a livable wage. Saitsa’s green coffee is purchased from farmers for a price of at least $1.75/lbs USD over C-Market pricing.

 
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