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Direct Trade Coffee

Papua New Guinea Kula Peaberry - Direct Trade Light-Medium Roast Coffee

 Kula Peaberry at a glance Benefits: Earthy note adds accessibility for "regular coffee drinkers," while also showcasing bolder, fruitier notes Direct Trade sourcing benefits producers, farm laborers, and their families & communities (see more below) Tasting notes: Sweet aroma, chocolate & raisin/dried fruit notes, earthy, med-heavy body, syrupy mouthfeel Roast color: Light-Medium Country: Papua New Guinea Region: Waghi Valley Farm: Sigri Estate Tree...

Divine Inspiration - Direct Trade Nicaraguan Light-Medium Roast Coffee

2020-21 Crop Now Available! Divine Inspiration is a coffee produced by a community of coffee growers in the Jinotega region of Nicaragua. We have sourced coffee for Divine Inspiration from producers in Matagalpa & Jinotega since our founding in 2015, and have made multiple visits to partner-farmer families to see firsthand the level of care they put into growing this delicious coffee. On our...

Bohemian Gothic - Dark Roast Coffee Blend

Dark roast lovers, rejoice: Bohemian Gothic gives you the smokiness and "bold flavor" you love, without the acrid bitterness that is all too common in dark roasts. You'll have a smooth, smokey experience. Bohemian Gothic is a blend of Direct Trade coffees from Nicaragua & Papua New Guinea (see more below). The name "Bohemian Gothic" is a nod to the Czech immigrant heritage...

Sweet Honey Ross - Single Farm Direct Relationship Light Roast Nicaraguan Coffee

"Mango, Apple, Sweet & Smooth" Ross is the name of the frog mascot in our logo, and the original photo that inspired that artwork was taken on the very farm that this coffee hails from: Finca Idealista! So we wanted to honor that storied lineage with a sweet coffee from that farm, and to celebrate the multi-year relationship we have with our longest direct...

The Back 40 - Traditional Northern Italian Roast for Espresso

"(Roaster) Brian has definitely achieved a true-to-form classic espresso that...tastes really good and doesn’t have the burned, bitter notes often found on street-level espresso... Perfetto!" --KC Coffee Geek, 2017 Review The Back 40 at a glance Benefits: A shot of espresso that stands up to milk but also tastes great on its own Tasting notes: Chocolate, sweet cherry, a touch smokey Components...

Gold Mountain Sample Flight - 3 Direct Relationship Nicaraguan Coffees

Bundle & Save!  Sample all 3 of our direct relationship Nicaraguan coffees from Gold Mountain Coffee Growers. This is our longest-term coffee sourcing partner, and we're proud to have built such a strong relationship with them that's included multiple trips to their farms and processing facilities.  Included in the flight Roger & Isabel's Fruit Symphony - This single farm, natural process...

Roger & Isabel's Fruity Symphony - Single Farm Nicaraguan Light Roast

This delightful single-farm coffee is referred to as "tutty fruity" by the matriarch of the farm's owners, Dońa Isabel. Here's why... About Roger & Isabel's Fruit Symphony Tasting notes: Pineapple, mango, guava, & honey Origin: Nicaragua, Matagalpa region Farm: Don Roger & Dońa Isabel Elevation: 1330 masl (~4,360 ft) Tree varieties: Caturra, Bourbon, Pache, Javanica, Geisha Processing method: Natural / Dry Harvest Season:...

What customers say about our Direct Trade Coffee

I'm a 42 year veteran of office coffee and in the past, coffee was something to give me a kick in the morning after I got to work and was NOT a regular staple at our house. Then I found RSR coffee and tried Nicaragua Divine Inspiration. I had no idea coffee could actually taste this good - It's sweet, it's fruity, it doesn't make your tongue numb. It's like having dessert with breakfast!
--Doug G. - Monroe, IA
PNG Kula Peaberry is the best coffee I've ever had! I highly recommend this one if you're looking for an easy sipping, creamy, chocolatey taste.
--Megan S. - Gurnee, IL


About Direct Trade Coffee

We are proud to maintain close working relationships with two Direct Trade Coffee partners. Direct Trade Coffee can take a few different forms, but it basically means that coffee roasters and their customers have a more direct connection to the growers and processors of coffees we buy. The coffees we offer from Nicaragua and Papua New Guinea come from companies (Gold Mountain Coffee Growers & Benchmark Coffee Traders, respectively) that import their own coffees to the US and sell them direct to roasters like us. These companies either own coffee farms and/or processing facilities in the growing countries, and do the work of exporting those coffees from origin and importing them to (for us) the United States. Our Direct Trade purchases are showcased above and in our Single Origin Coffees category, but the majority of coffees used in our Gourmet Coffee Blends also come through our Direct Trade partners. 

The benefits of Direct Trade Coffee extend to the consumer through a higher level of food traceability, giving you greater knowledge about where your coffee comes from. The benefits of Direct Trade Coffee also extend back to the producers, farm laborers, and their families & communities - because high-scoring Specialty Coffee fetches higher prices than lower-grade commodity coffees, and with fewer stakeholders in the supply chain more of those higher premiums make it back to people who need it the most. 

Gold Mountain and Benchmark are both “social enterprises,” meaning that they are businesses with a strong social mission to improve the lives of the people and land that produce these fine coffees - through social projects and improving the sustainable agriculture practices used in their operations. So your money is put to good use when supporting our Direct Trade partners. At Ross Street Roasting Co., we’ve also been able to go above and beyond by coordinating targeted fundraising projects that do additional good in the communities that produce our Direct Trade coffees. Given all this, it’s easy to see why this model is also sometimes called “relationship coffee.” 

We have been fortunate to visit our partners in Nicaragua - Gold Mountain Coffee Growers - during and after coffee harvest. This has allowed us to not only see with our own eyes the level of care they put into their farming, harvesting, and processing practices - but it’s also given us the opportunity to taste incoming lots before most other roasters do, and identify exceptional coffees that we want to bring in months down the road. This worked out well for us in 2018 when we tasted a Pacamara Natural Process micro-lot from the three farms in the Jinotega region in early March, put our name on one sack (about 150 lbs), received it in the US in July, and entered it into the national Golden Bean North America roasters competition in September, where we won two medals in the categories of Single Origin Espresso and Single Origin Pour Over with that coffee we’d tasted back in March.