We vary the source of our coffee, depending on the quality of each harvest, and its ethical and sustainable provenance.
Our current Shipped by Sail Coffee is a typical Colombian coffee from Tolima, the central Andean region, produced from Caturra, Castillo and Colombia varietals. This is a rich, well-structured coffee that is exceptionally well balanced, excellent for both filter and espresso.
Tolima is famous for its steep mountains, abundant water and deep valleys which create the perfect recipe for good agriculture. Between these mountains, the wind tends to blow all year round up from the Rio Blanco River and through the coffee fields.
The coffee is grown by a group of smallholder farmers at altitudes of between 1500m and 1900m above sea level.
It is 100% Arabica and hand picked, carefully selected, fermented, washed and dried on the farms.
These farmers produce consistently high-quality coffee, and are always on the lookout to improve what they do. They use techniques such as slow breeze drying, manual defect removal, specialised tree care, long fermentation processes, and careful picking of only mature cherries.
Together with our supplier, we believe in paying farmers a fair price for their coffee. We always pay at least the price of certified coffee, but almost always significantly more than that, because we pay for quality.
Most of our producers are UTZ and Fair Trade certified or belong to associations or cooperatives where they have received aid for social projects, and our suppliers, who visits the farms on a regular basis, are committed to working with the producers to be sustainable and to take care of their environment, treating their waste water and using as few fertilisers and pesticides as possible.
We think you’ll love our coffee.