SAN SEBASTIAN COFFEE
San Sebastian is not a region, or a farm. It’s a brand of coffee started by our export partners Caravela, to bring together the producers in the La Plata region around a consistent flavour profile and quality. And we’re consistently impressed by that quality, which is why we’ve partnered with them for over a decade - buying larger quantities of their coffee to roast for our single origin supermarket range, and small batches of its very best ‘micro-lot grade’ coffee for our Discovery range (the one you’re reading about).
The operation is run by Occcafe and Global Cafes, two associations that act as buying and training centres for 261 producer members nestled high in the La Plata hills, many of them in remote, difficult to reach locations. When their coffee is ready, farmers pile themselves and their coffee onto a communal truck that picks them up as it winds down mountain and takes them to these stations where their coffee is cupped, graded and paid for.
Over the years we’ve helped fund a climate change monitoring system for the producer network, training to help them deal with waste-water in an climate-friendly way, and the creation of virtual classrooms that they can use to learn about farm management.