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Save Lives. Drink Coffee.

1 bag for £7

Partners coffee is special.

Produced in collaboration with Olam Specialty Coffee and Neighbourhood Coffee, our coffee has been carefully selected from a range of coffees from around the world to be a truly exceptional brew, either for espresso-based, cafetière, Aeropress, or pour-over. It has been roasted by artisans, carefully monitored to bring out all the subtle flavour characteristics. If you want to know more about the coffee, read below.

This is NOT just a charity stocking filler either. This is a coffee we would choose to drink purely for the joy of it.

It's a win-win.

The producers of the coffee win, as they are receiving a great price and investment in their community.

You, the consumer, wins, as you get to drink an exceptional coffee. Our friends win, as every pack of coffee you buy pays for 30 meals for our Rohingya friends.

And if that’s not a reason to drink more coffee, I don’t know what is.

The coffee: Jabiru Unión Cantinil (Guatemala)

The Art of Production

The coffee is fully processed by smallholder farmers. Cherries are harvested ripe and then de-pulped usually by either manual or small-motored pulpers. This is then left to ferment overnight until the coffee’s remaining mucilage has broken down. Washing is then carried out, usually in specialised channels.

The washed parchment is always sun dried as the small holders don’t have access to mechanical driers. The drying takes advantage of every bit of flat, full sun space that can be found, which is limited in Huehuetenango due to the mountainous and shaded terroir. This means the coffee is dried on roof tops, small patios and on tarps. It must be turned to ensure even drying and avoid over-fermentation or mold. Once the drying is complete the coffee is delivered to our Union Cantinil buying station for quality control and consolidation.

The Region

Huehuetenango is the highest altitude region cultivating coffee in Guatemala. Thanks to the dry, hot winds that blow into the mountains from Mexico, the region is protected from frost allowing Highland Huehue to be cultivated up to 6500 feet (almost 2000m). The extreme remoteness of Huehuetenango means that most producers need to process their coffee themselves. Fortunately the region has plentiful water supply with many rivers and streams, so a mill can be placed almost anywhere. An abundance of local knowledge and skill also means that while home-processed, these coffees are treated with excellent attention to detail and are the amongst the most sought after in Guatemala due to their high quality cup.