Responsibly Sourced - Wickedly Roasted
At Wicked Joe it is our mission is to produce exceptional coffees, using sustainable business practices from crop to cup. By solely purchasing from Fair Trade and Organic certified farmers, we can ensure just that. All of our coffees are grown under environmentally friendly conditions- preserving the land, enhancing the quality of crops, and aiding to maintain a healthy surrounding eco-system. We have had the privilege of being able to visit most of our coffee partners from around the world. Our single origin coffees are a result of these lasting partnerships, and we hope to tell more about these special people, places, and cooperatives.
Two miles east of Java and surrounded by coral reefs lies one of Indonesia’s greatest jewels, the Island of Bali. The island is renowned for its rich culture and emphasis on the arts. This very special coffee is produced by smallholder farmers inhabiting fertile volcanic highland areas in the heart of this paradise. These farmers organize in groups similar to cooperatives called Subak Abians which are at the center of the farmer's religious and agricultural life. The Subak Abian philosophy is based on the Hindu ideology of Tri Hita Karana.Tri Hita Karana is a Sanskrit term that describes the belief that the path to happiness and peace is found by humans maintaining harmony and balance in their relationships with other humans, God and their environment. Our Bali is a natural or dry processed coffee, meaning the beans were sun-dried inside the fruit rather than after the fruit is removed, as is the case with wet-processed or "washed" coffees. This creates much of the coffee’s wonderful lush and unique character. Natural processing not only imparts intense sweetness and fruit notes to the coffee but also helps to preserve precious groundwater in areas where water conservation is vital.
The eruption of the Gunung Agung Volcano in 1963 caused a delay in the progress of modern-day coffee cultivation in Indonesia, causing the government to enact programs in the 1970’s and 1980’s to help rejuvenate coffee production. With the distribution of coffee seedlings to local farmers, an island-wide coffee growing campaign in Bali began. Today, the coffee growing area in Bali is an estimated 7,500 hectares. The Kintamani highlands, where most coffee is grown, sits atop a large volcanic plateau between 1,300-1,700 meters above sea level. Coffee tree varieties include a high percentage of Bourbon and Typica, along with shade trees such as Erythrina, Albizia, tangerine and orange. The use of pesticides is prohibited on Bali and all fertilizers are 100% organic. The Subak Abian is a traditional farming structure organization in Bali, similar to a farmer cooperative. There are 13 different Subak Abians that are currently growing and processing coffee. The “SA” oversee both agricultural technology and religious activities. The promotion of improved coffee growing practices is expected to enhance not only agricultural technology but social and economic standing in Bali as well.
Tolima is one of the 32 departments of Colombia, located in the Andean region, in the center-west of the country. Colombian coffee has unique flavor due to its growing conditions and processing methods. High-quality Arabica beans are grown at high altitudes. They are then processed naturally, by hand, on small farms.
Our single origin Colombia Tolima is produced by a cooperative of indigenous coffee producers from the Nasa Paez community in La Palmera. The coop was founded to reduce production costs and increase production and commercialization of specialty coffee. The cooperative has maintained both Fair Trade and Organic certifications since 2016 and sorts their harvests into these categories. The coop continues to grow and looks forward to investing more in product quality and social programs for local children.
The Las Lajas Micromill in the Sabanilla de Alejuela region of Costa Rica shares many of the same founding principles and values as we do at Wicked Joe Organic Coffees. A project that was originally founded in 1840, Francisca and Oscar Chacon inherited a 5 hectare farm and in the past 20 years have transformed it into what it is today. In 2000, with coffee prices falling dramatically, they sought out organic farming as the answer to a sustainable future. This was not an easy feat to accomplish, but it certainly paid off. In 2006, they began milling their own coffee and started a microlot program. By doing their own processing, they were able to better control the quality of their coffee. This is also where they were eventually able to experiment and bring out new and interesting flavors in their coffee.
In 2008, a huge earthquake hit Costa Rica leaving everyone without water or electricity in the middle of harvest season. Francisca and Oscar knew that in Africa and Brazil, they process coffee without water frequently, and decided to give it a shot. From this experiment came Costa Rica's first naturally processed coffee. While locals were hesitant to embrace it, the specialty coffee industry loved it! We love visiting these folks year after year and seeing what they have up their sleeves. They have become pioneers in the coffee industry and have truly established a wonderful legacy to pass on.
Coffee production in Ethiopia is a longstanding tradition which dates back dozens of centuries. Ethiopia is where Coffea arabica, the coffee plant, originates. The plant is now grown in various parts of the world; Ethiopia itself accounts for around 3% of the global coffee market. The world's oldest coffee, Ethiopia Sidamo is famous for its distinctive wild and tangy aroma, and subtle chocolaty undertones. The natural processing of this Sidamo enhances the fruity and floral notes of this coffee.
This coffee is sourced from family-owned farms of the Shanta Golba Cooperative, which is located in the Bensa district. The Shanta Golba Cooperative is part of the Sidamo Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (or SCFCU). SCFCU was formed in 2001 with a mission to support sustainable coffee production from cooperatives in the Sidamo region. SCFCU is made up of more than forty five cooperatives with more than 80,000 producers.
Located in the Huehuetenango region of Guatemala, the Asociación Civil Guaya'b is certified Bird Friendly, Fair-Trade, and Organic. It currently has 330 members, 316 of them being of indigenous descent. Guaya'b was formally established in 1998 and joined the Fair Trade movement in 2000. The premiums that they received from Fair Trade have helped to create a more stable economy and decreased the rate of migration in the area. They have many programs funded by the premiums including medical insurance for all of the members and their families. Many of them grow additional crops such as peanuts, fruit and peppers to sell at the markets for extra income.
In 2018, a team from Wicked Joe Organic Coffees traveled to this remote region of Guatemala to host a workshop for the cooperative. We led 3 classes teaching them about sample roasting, coffee cupping, and coffee brewing. It was a life-changing experience for our team seeing some of the farmers taste their own coffee for the very first time.
Wicked Joe is proud to be offering this fine coffee in partnership with the Maine Conference UCC and in support of the CEVER Project. The Cever school is a vocational school, located in Yoro, Honduras, that serves students between the ages of 12-24. Students study in the technical areas of auto-mechanics, welding, industrial mechanics, sewing and woodworking, and also have the option of pursuing basic educational courses. The CEVER Project works to support the CEVER School financially, spiritually, and emotionally. In the process of providing support, we hope to build and strengthen links between people in Maine and people in Honduras. Your purchase of this fine coffee helps the Maine Conference UCC support this worthy cause. For more information and to help CEVER go to www.theceverproject.org.
Coffee has become one of the few major Honduran export success stories of recent years by targeting socially and quality-conscious consumers. Marcala, in southwest Honduras, has been famous for coffee production since the early 20th century thanks to all the environmental factors it has on its side – great soil, high altitude, perfect climate and abundant shade. This fantastic washed coffee is comprised of Lempiera and Catuai cultivars and is grown at an altitude of 1800m. The Honduran Central Coffee Cooperative is a network of 61 cooperatives and pre-cooperatives representing more than 6,000 small-to-medium scale Honduran coffee growers and their families. CCCH assures small producers greater power in dealings with the coffee purchasers, and promotes social programs with particular attention to women. The organization also seeks a Honduran coffee policy that benefits the national producing sector. In Honduras 2 million people, within a population of 6 million, are directly or indirectly involved in the coffee production industry. Coffee is the main export product. In the last few years, its price on the world market has drastically fallen, generating financial problems too many coffee producers making Fair Trade a vital force in this region areas where water conservation is vital.
The territory of Peru offers a great diversity of climates, soils and sunlight, an ideal scene for the cultivation of the Arabica coffee tree, one of the two preferred types of coffee. Currently, Peru is one of the top ten world coffee exporters and the second in organic coffee. The three prominent coffee growing areas, located in the eastern slopes of the Andes, are Chanchamayo, the Amazonas and San Martin regions, and the southern highlands.
The Chanchamayo Valley is one of Peru’s most important coffee-growing regions; it’s responsible for about 40% of Peru’s total production. The coffee is grown by smallholder producers who generally own two hectares or less of land and generate 3,000 pounds of coffee or less each year. This particular offering is regionally-sourced, or drawn from multiple producers’ lots in order to make a full shipment of coffee. Cupping notes tend to be lightly acidic while still sweet with a smooth finish.
Sumatra, an island in western Indonesia known in ancient times as the "Island of Gold", is the sixth largest island in the world, but probably one of the least visited. The Dutch brought coffee from Yirgacheffe to Indonesia in the 17th century. We source this coffee from the fine folks at the Ketiara Cooperative. This women-led cooperative is known for it's dedication to quality and passion for community.
Located in the Gayo Highlands of Sumatra, the cooperative Ketiara was founded in 2009 and joined the Fair Trade movement in 2011. Despite Ketiara's young age, it is one of the most well-known and respected cooperatives of the region. Their dedication to excellence and innovation has resulted in consistently delicious coffee. The Gayonese society is traditionally male-dominated, which makes it even more impressive that Ketiara is made up of over 50% women. These women work hard to create opportunities for themselves and others in the surrounding community. They invest a portion of their Fair Trade Premiums directly back into the farms to improve productivity and maintain quality. Other initiatives include improving health, education, public infrastructure, and helping to protect the ecosystem of the nearby Leuser National Park.