We have a passion and love for coffee! Offering quality, Direct trade speciality 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!
Colombia – Finca La Florida Gilbert Rojas
Finca La Florida, run by Gilberto Rojas and his family is located outside the town of Acevedo in Southern Colombia. The farm not only is beautiful, but employs best practices at every stage of coffee production. His processing methods do not go unnoticed, his drying is slow and careful and his varietals are unique. These factors together create a roast that is easy to drink both on its own and with all the fixins! Gilberto Rojas coffee is of the red and yellow Colombia varietal and offers tasting notes of hibiscus flower, red apple and cane sugar.
Guatemala – Finca La Villa Alberto Reyes
Finca La Villa is currently managed by a third-generation family of coffee producers led by Alberto Reyes. Their care and dedication to coffee production is reflected in the construction of their wet mill and wastewater treatment plans. In addition to daily inspection for their own beans, the wet mill allows nearby farmers the opportunity to process their coffee lots ensuring top quality. The coffee from this farm is of the red bourbon varietal; they yield well-balanced coffees with tasting notes of chocolate, red fruit and floral.
Colombia Decaf – A second selection from Gilberto Rojas is our decaf coffee.
As Colombia is plentiful in sugarcane, using a solvent derived through the fermentation of sugarcane helps the local economy. This coffee underwent a natural EA (Ethyl Acetate) process for decaffeination. Ethyl Acetate is naturally occurring on many fruits; becoming a solvent derived through fermentation of sugarcane. Green beans are softened by steam first then placed in a solution of water and ethyl acetate where the EA bonds to the salts inside the beans. The beans soak until there is no caffeine present, they are steamed, dried and cleaned prior to export. This method of decaffeinating coffee allows the whole process to happen at the origin, offering the opportunity to create more economic growth in the country. Gilberto Rojas decaf coffee is of the red and yellow Colombia varietal with tasting notes of caramelized banana, dark chocolate, roasted hazelnut and stewed apples.
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 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.