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Weekly Newsletter: 26th January, 2018

Peru Satipo Finca Tasta Micro-Lot

Snow! We finally got our first snow of this season here in town. It’s already gone at this elevation, but it sure was pretty to watch it accumulate. Big puffy flakes were falling and swirling, and slowly coating the wet ground with their blanket of white. My kids were so excited: even as they get older they still think snow is magical. Truthfully, I do too. It’s beautiful and quiet and each flake is unique: enchanting.

Cousins climbing a rock

It’s hard to believe that only last weekend we spent a lot of time outside, even going on a walk with Archie to the Tribute Trail suspension bridge. If you haven’t been there, you can park in downtown Nevada City and walk, or park along Champion Mine Road. My kids love the bridge, and feeling it sway as they run across. Archie’s favorite moment was going down to Deer Creek and throwing pebbles in the water.

Today we have a beautiful single origin coffee for you, perfect for a snowy day. This coffee is grown by Edith & Ivan Meza Sagarvinaga, who have taken over the operation of their late mother. They are committed to continuing the work that made their mother so happy. In addition, they are trying to run a sustainable and diversified farm.

Edith is an active member of the International Women’s Coffee Alliance, and was awarded the opportunity to attend the Seattle Specialty Coffee Expo a few years ago. In her own words she says:

“Our goal is to be a model farm, to be environmentalists. Finca Tasta has 9 hectares of virgin forest that we protect for the fauna and wildlife. We would like Finca Tasta to be a place for ecotourism for coffee and nature lovers, and a place where we can host workshops about the coffee supply chain.” (see here)

My favorite part of the producer interview from our broker is Edith’s description of a typical day on their farm:

“We start with breakfast at 6 am, and work starts on the farm at 7 am, which depends on what needs to be done, planting, fertilizing, pruning, etc. We rest and have lunch from 12 to 2 pm and then return to work. In the afternoons we cut firewood for cooking and eat dinner at 6:30. We like to watch a new movie each evening and then we sleep.”

You really get a glimpse of their daily life, and it sounds like hard work. This is the effort that goes into your morning cup of coffee. Thank you Edith and Ivan. Your care shows in the final product. In the cup this tastes of milk chocolate with a nutty flavor. It’s creamy and smooth and delicious. You can try a cup on us this week with the code Finca Tasta*. Drink it thinking of all those that work to produce our food. Cheers!
–Holly Fike

*Code good for one free 12 ounce cup of Peru Satipo Finca Tasta Micro-Lot. Code expires on 02.01.18. Limit one free cup per customer please. Valid only at Carolines Coffee Roasters, 128 S. Auburn Street, Grass Valley, CA. Code/Offer has no cash value.

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