All the coffees that make up Holly & Ivy come from relationships we have cultivated with partners around the world. Instead of just purchasing coffees at random, we work directly with importers, exporters, and producers to secure truly amazing coffees you won’t find anywhere else. This blend consists of coffees from three distinct regions and producer groups:
The first coffee comes from Ethiopia. In the past two years, we’ve sourced all of our washed Ethiopian from SNAP Coffees who we were introduced to via Tim Hill at Atlantic Specialty Coffee. SNAP works with a wide variety of producer groups throughout all of Ethiopia’s major coffee-producing regions. This coffee, Buku Sayisa, is a newer partnership for SNAP. Whereas most Ethiopian coffees come from larger producing groups, this coffee was produced by Esayas Beriso who works with a handful of neighboring farmers surrounding his farm. This is our first year purchasing Buku Sayisa, but it has already become a staff favorite for its clarity, brightness, and crisp fruitiness.
The second coffee comes from Mexico where we have begun to source from individual members of the Santa Cruz Ozolotepec community. This past year we purchased from two women farmers: Alba Flores and Carolina Garcia Perez. We are the first roaster in the world to purchase Mrs. Perez’s coffee as a microlot selection! This year we worked with Cari Coffee on trying a new fermentation style to see if we could add complexity to classic Oaxacan flavors. This year she fermented her coffee in-cherry for 24 hours underwater before depulping and fermenting overnight. In her coffee we notice a mixture of classic Oaxacan flavors like almonds and spices but with citrus-like acidity and stone fruit qualities.
The final component of Holly & Ivy comes from the Cabanas community in Honduras’ La Paz department. During the harvest season in the spring of 2021, we communicated with the team at Bonaventure Coffee to purchase several lots from Honduras ranging from blender qualities to microlots. This coffee from Proyecto Cabanas is simple and elegant, reminding us of how great well-processed Honduran coffees can be. This coffee was produced by 20 smallholder farmers who all work together in hopes of producing coffees for the international specialty market. By pulling their knowledge, experience, and resources together, Proyecto Cabanas has created a coffee that speaks volumes.