P E R U | Gilmer

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Our second (& NEWEST) Micro Lot from Peru, is from the young producer, Gilmer Meija. This is our second year in a row offering a coffee from Gilmer and we are really excited to continue this relationship. Gilmer spent the week with us while we were in Peru, accompanying us on long van rides, cupping coffee, and providing some valuable directions while we were trying to find the farms.  

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While cupping through about 50 Micro Lots, Gilmers’ stood out immediately! He is very passionate about growing coffee and eager to learn as much as possible. Gilmer runs the 7 hectare “Finca Ecologica”, a farm his father acquired for growing coffee in 1990. Gilmer and a small staff only pick ripe cherries, while wild shade trees provide much needed relief from the sun in the high altitude of the Andes Mountains. Gilmers’ coffee is completely organic, as he uses compost and guano to fertilize his farm.  We hope to continue to support Gilmer by buying his coffee year after year.

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K E N Y A

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It’s a rare treat to be able to travel to East Africa, let alone source some authentic coffee beans from this precious land. Our team traveled to Kenya and to the main local farms located 1-2 hours outside of Nairobi.

We visited the Giankanja co-op, in the Kiambu region ( just north of Nairobi) to check the crops and fermentation process of the local farms there. All of the farmers we spoke to were very excited that we came to visit and share a meal with them (yummy goat dinner). It was clearly not the norm, for them to be connecting with roasters, or importers. But, this visit only strengthened our relationship between Giankanja and Crop to Cup creating producer loyalty in a market where that doesn’t exist.

Our main goal is to find a flavor profile (particularly a fruit forward, blackberry type of profile) that our customers and employees can get excited about and look forward to tasting. After cupping through over 100 samples we have narrowed down our options to 4-5 that fit our profile , and have samples being sent our way. After a week in Nairobi, we have a much better understanding of the Kenyan coffee economy but also, we have identified certain co-ops and regions that are producing the best coffee. Over the next couple weeks, we will narrow our 4-5 samples down to 1 coffee that we will purchase.

"BIG CHIEF" HAS TOUCHED DOWN!

Mardi Gras Season is among us and we’re excited to kick off the celebrations this year with: “BIG CHIEF”. This exciting new blend of Central and South American coffees featured taste is: LEMON, FRUITY, WELL-ROUNDED & CREAMY flavor. With every purchase a portion will be donated to The House of Dance And Feathers which is dedicated to showcasing and preserving the great history of Mardi Gras Indians, Social Aid, Pleasure Clubs plus The Skull & Bones Gangs started by: Ronald Lewis in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans.

Let’s get into the spirit with SPY BOY DOW, an original Mardi Gras Indian of the Mohawk Hunters ..who’s NOLA energy will keep you on your feet this Mardi Gras Season!

Coffee n' Colombia

Coffee n' Colombia

Last month we took a sourcing trip to the beautiful country of Colombia. Our experience was extra special because of the sourcing of a Pink Bourbon (a rare blend cultivated from hybridization of Red and Yellow Bourbon) that originated in Colombia. This offering from producer Alvaro Perdomo is full of intense floral flavors w: cane sugar sweetness, lemon, & black tea. This very limited amount of coffee is available in store & online. Traveling and catching up with our Colombia family and bringing back the best to NOLA is what makes everything all worth it. We hope you enjoy!

Team visit to "Progress Milk Barn".

Our team made a recent trip to McComb, Mississippi to visit our friends at the:

“Progress Milk Barn” owned by the Mauthe Family.

“Passion, Progress, Pride Family owned and operated local dairy. Taking pride in providing to you glass bottled milk from our own cows” is how the family likes to describe their long running successful business.

We were very intrigued with the duties on a cow farm, the daily ins & outs and having a new experience to learn from. Here’s how we would describe our time on the farm:

“Very down to earth and welcoming group of people. They know what they are doing and they've made decisions to focus on quality over quantity -- from the type of grass they plant to not over-milking the cows (and they get up to milk 'em at 3:30AM!). Kenny (one of the Mauthe members) has a tremendous working knowledge of his clientele and makes nuanced adjustments to cater to their needs. He also knew the names of the few cows that greeted us in the pasture -- they all seemed healthy/happy.”

- Dom Vittitow | “Director of Education”

"French Truck Christmas"

Our holiday blend of South and Central American coffees create a warm, full bodied cup that will put you in the holiday spirit, just like Saint Nick himself. How else do you think he got the job done? In celebration of this holiday season, French Truck Coffee would like to wish everyone a cheerful holiday season and check out our featured Christmas campaign featuring Santa Claus enjoying our “LA FÊTE DE NOËL”. Available online & in-store!

credits:

Photography: Rasharie Brown | Wayne Jones

Creative Direction: Rasharie Brown

Models: Vanessa & Brennen

Make-up: Amanda Lee

Lighting: Kevin Clark

Assst: Justin Jones & Jabari H.

FEATURED Home: available here

Mr. Girma is back!

For the second year in a row, we are offering a washed Ethiopian from one of our favorite producers, Mr. Girma Eshetu. In January of 2017, we were able to spend some time with Mr Girma on his estate and even camped with him and his son on the farm. We can attest he runs his estate with precision and takes very good care of everyone involved. We are very excited to be offering this coffee again, and see what this year’s harvest brought to the table.

Mr. Girma has been running his family Estate for about 20 years. It is located in the Keffa Zone, which is just west of Jimma, and Northwest of the famed Yirgacheffe region. While not as well-known as the regions of Sidamo and Yirgacheffe there are some really amazing coffee here. Over the next couple of years, it is very likely we will see more and more coffee. coming out of this region

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The estate is located deep in the forest in what is known as the Afromontane rainforest, a sub region of eastern Africa. Black colobus monkeys swing high up in the canopies of Mr Girma’s Estate, along with a variety of birds and other plants species. A natural spring located high up in the estate provides a small, but steady river and is the only water source for the farm.

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Mr. Girma produces organic, shade grown coffee. Ancient forest trees tower over the farm providing just enough shade for the coffee plants to thrive. About 20 people live on the farm year-round, with that number swelling to about a 100 during picking farm season. There is ample housing for the pickers to live and work on the farm during this busy season. For the 20 year round workers, it is very much a family environment, and this coffee is their livelihood. They work very hard, only picking ripe cherries, and use the best processing methods. Mr Girma is committed to improving living conditions on the farm.

Using the water from the river on the estate, to process his washed coffee, the coffee is fermented for 42 hours before being washed and dried on raised beds for 10-12 days. We think a longer fermentation than normal yields a much sweeter, juicier cup of coffee. The Varietal is a heirloom varietal that has existed for hundreds of years in the forest of Ethiopia. The result is a classic washed Ethiopian Profile, that sparkles with sugary citric acidity.

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