Tasting notes: Red Plum and Milk Chocolate
Location: Caldas, Colombia
Crankhouse Coffee was launched in 2014 and is based in Exeter.
An artisan micro-roaster focusing on purchasing amazing coffees from around the world. Their coffees are selected from speciality importers who support and care about the farmers and cooperatives through ethical and sustainable practices.
Our import partners Raw Material have created a project group called Red Associations with a clear goal to achieve stable and sustainable prices for community coffee lots through improved quality control, shared knowledge, and a connection to the specialty coffee market.
This model provides an average of 2.5x the household income possible compared with the standard marketplace.
Villa María is a Colombian municipality located in the department of Caldas, next to Neira, Palestina, Chinchina and Manizales, which make up the South Central sub- region of the department. The region is fed by numerous sources of water and natural resources. Villa María is located a few kilometers from the city of Manizales, whose urban areas are surrounded by the Chinchiná River.
Red Villamaría currently represents 30 coffee producing families in the surrounding area of Jamaica, Caldas. This Red Associations project is focussed primarily on the construction of a new drying hub for the producers in the region, at an altitude lower than the farm's of the producer members.
Our 3rd year investing in this project and a firm favourite with our regulars.
What's the best way to store coffee?
There has been a lot of scientific study as well as anecdotal evidence from coffee professionals on this subject. Bottom line is that like any other organic product coffee ages and loses its vibrant flavour and aroma characters. The 3 enemies of freshness are HEAT, LIGHT and OXYGEN. A cool, dark place in it's original resealed packaging is best. If you can try and squeeze out any air when you're resealing that's even better.