We found a new source for some very cool Haitian coffees. The folks working on the ground in Haiti live right here in Madison, Wisconsin (at least some of them), they are called Singing Rooster. Singing Rooster is a non-profit that brings Haitian products (art, coffee, cocoa and more) direct to consumers and stores with 100% of the proceeds funneling back to the farmers and communities in Haiti. Although we love Joey and he has good values for his business, one cannot argue with more money and assistance getting to the farmers and communities. Sure, its good to feel good about the beans you buy but something just as important or even more important is the product itself; the coffee is beautiful, the quality of prep and consistency of the beans is up easily a couple of notches over the last couple of Haitians we had. Way cleaner cup that we have seen before and for the same price, with more money getting to the farmers and communities. A win-win in anyone’s book.
This is year two of working closely with Singing Rooster and we picked out 4 awesome lots. 3 washed processed from different regions and one proto type honey processed lot still on a boat. All fantastic and pretty different offerings.
This coffee is from the APCAB group of coops, located in the Sud Est department of Haiti (southern) – this specific coffee is coming from a micro-region right outside of Thiotte.
Coffee trees thrive in Haiti. Mountains aren’t good for most agriculture, but they’re IDEAL for coffee; coffee trees thrive in moist but well-drained soil at high altitudes. The higher the altitude, the bigger/harder the bean, the better the coffee!
A very clean and rich cup of coffee. A little hint of acidity at the lighter roast points which bring a little soft fruit tone upfront. A bit fuller bodied with awesome nutty and chocolaty tones really balancing out the cup. Good from light to dark but most Haitian fans will most likely go for bolder and darker toned – which would be at darker roasts.
We recommend a strong medium roast – just before the 2nd crack – keeps it fuller bodied and smooth. A cool cup at a city plus roast as well but will be nuttier with that island acidity. Dark roast is very tasty as well.