Our goal is to provide you with coffee that is traded as ethically as possible, and to share that information with you transparently. We purchase our coffee via two different importers. The bulk of our coffee is purchased through Cooperative Coffees, an importing cooperative.  They are made up of roasters all across the US and Canada that share a mission to make coffee trade better. We also work with an importer called Direct Origin Trading, where we source our cascara as well as some Colombian microlots. Both importers are committed to moving beyond “just a label” by building relationships with farmers, and purchasing from them, or their exporting cooperatives, directly.

 Single Origin Coffees

Read more about each of the producer cooperatives and farmers we work with!

Colombian Fondo Paez

FondologoThe Paez are the largest indigenous group in Colombia. Fondo Paez was created with the primary goal of recuperating traditional argicultural knowledge and indigenous culture, which had been buried by centuries of conflict and oppression. Thread brings you a coffee from Fondo Paez that is smooth and nutty, with a subtle sweetness of fruit.

Producer // Association Fondo Paez, 550 members
Country // Colombia
Region // Cauca
Process //  Washed
Elevation // 
1300 – 1900 meters above sea level
Harvest // May-July
Tasting Notes //
sweet fruit, nutty, caramel
Fair Trade, Shade Grown, Organic


Ugandan Gumutindo Peaberry

Located in the Mount Elgon region, Gumutindo was formed in 1998 after the dismantling of Uganda’s coffee industry. The cooperative is a farmed-owned business made up of ten different “primary societies” that represent over 6,000 farmers, half of which are women. Thread offers you a unique coffee from Uganda whose rich aromas of oaked bourbon and browned butter give way to a clean tasting coffee with hints of dried cherries, toffee and pecans.


Guatemalan Apecaform

APECAFORM (Asociación de Pequeños Caficultores Orgánicos Maya-Mames) is made up of approximately 400 members in 17 communities on the slopes of the volcano Tajumulco in the Southwestern Highlands of San Marcos. We bring you a sweet, clean coffee with good acidity and body.

Ethiopian Worka – Natural Process (Coffee)

WorkalogoThe WORKA Cooperative was established in 2005 and joined the Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (YCFCU) the same year. There are 305 member farmers who cultivate coffee on 762 hectares in Worka, Gedeb in the Gedeo Zone.  The WORKA cooperative is very proud of this natural processed Yirgacheffe coffee that exhibits wonderful floral, cherry, and blueberry characteristics.


Sumatran Permata Gayo

PermatagayologoPermata Gayo was founded in 2006 in the Bener Meriah district of the Aceh Province in Sumatra, Indonesia.  Thread visited these farmers in March 2014, and we’re very excited to have a relationship with them.  We roast this coffee a bit darker to bring out the earthy body, and hints of caramel. It makes an excellent iced coffee, and also is a great balanced cup served hot.

Producer // Permata Gayo
Country // Indonesia
Region // Aceh Province, Sumatra
Process //  Washed
Elevation //
1,200 to 1,650 m
Harvest //  October – June
Variety // Typica, Ateng, S-line
Tasting Notes // Earthy, Caramel, Balanced
Fair Trade, Shade Grown, Organic


Cascara

CascaraCascara is the dried skin of the fruit of the coffee cherry.

This cascara is from a farmer in Risaralda, Colombia.  It’s sweet and floral, similar to hibicus.  It contains about a quarter the caffeine of coffee, and is brewed like a tea.


Colombian AsoApia Microlot

Thread_bags_asoapiaLocated in the mountains of the Cordillera Occidental, just at the edge of the country’s main “coffee region”, Apía is a rural agricultural community in the Colombian department of Risaralda. Their location is unique because it is situated next to three nature reserves, large areas of untouched rainforest and biodiversity. This is also an extremely impoverished area and a stronghold of some of the armed groups still active in Colombia and an important narco trade route.

Asoapía is an association of farmers of all crops in the area, managed by its members, and dedicated to improving the economic situation of its constituents and preserving the rich land that its members occupy.  The association leads several environmental projects including incentivising the return to shade-grown coffee by its members, organic production, and the protection of bird habitats.

Producer // AsoApia (Asociación de Cultivadores de Apía)
Region // Risaralda
Process //  Washed
Elevation // 
1700 meters above sea level
Harvest // Year-round
Tasting Notes //
red fruit, citrus, chocolate, nuts
Fair Trade, Shade Grown, Organic

Thread visited AsoApia on our recent trip to Colombia this past October.  You can read more about our visit to AsoApia on our blog.


Mexican Maya Vinic

The Cooperative Producers’ Union, Maya Vinic, is located in the highlands of southern Mexico. It was born out of the wider civil society “Las Abejas”, an organized response to the prevalent injustice in their communities and with the hope of promoting positive change and autonomous development by pacific means. Thread brings you a coffee from Maya Vinic that is clean and balanced , nutty with a hint of chocolate and cinnamon.

Decaf Mexican Royal Select

DecaflogoOur mexican water-processed decaf coffee is full and rich, with notes of chocolate.