Bomber has been our house blend since 2009. Since then it has been made up of various ratios of a few origins and has been roasted as our ‘all-rounder’. In late 2015 we added a Rwandan component to Bomber which was the first major change in Bomber since 2009. You'll find it in most of our customers cafes around NZ.
In October 2016 fresh crop Rwandan’s will make its way into Bomber, along with our fresh crop Colombians, and Brazilian coffee, the blend the freshest we can offer. With our sourcing channels secure and the relationships with our exporters solidified, Bomber is our consistent and tasty all-rounder suited for all brewing methods, especially espresso.
Preferred Brewing Method & Parameters
Espresso: black and with milk – 18.5g of coffee, 36g out in 27 seconds.
Filter and Immersion Brewing: – 7g of coffee per 100mls of water, with a 4-minute contact time.
KILIMBI – RWANDA
Washing Station: Kilimbi
Altitude: 1550 - 1750 MASL
Varietal: Red Bourbon
Process: Washed, 8 - hour fermentation, dried on raised beds over 21 days
Harvest: Processing completed in April 2016
Kilimbi Coffee Washing Station is built on the shores of Lake Kivu and purchases coffee from about 150 families in the area. Coffee processed here is grown between 1550 and 1800 MASL and employs 8 full time employees. They are paid $8 USD per day, compared to the national average wage of $2-3 USD. During peak season, Kilimbi employs up to 60 casual staff, who are paid 1000 RWF (Rwandan Francs) per day, this is standard for casual agricultural workers in Rwanda and our partners are reviewing this figure for next season.
This season, producers were paid an average of 202 RWF per kilo of cherry, on top of this, we paid an additional 50 RWF per kilo, a total average of 252 RWF per kilo. The average price of cherry paid by other washing stations in the area was 175 RWF and the national market price was 150 RWF, meaning we paid 30% more than the local price and 40% more than the national market price for cherry.
YACUANQUER – NARINO, COLOMBIA
Producer: Various small lot holders from CAFIOCCIDENTE Cooperative
Altitude: 1700 - 2000 MASL
Varietal: Castillo, Colombia, Castillo
Process: Washed, traditional 24-hour fermentation, dried on raised beds over 20 days
Harvest: Drying completed in December 2016
Nariño is a region well known for quality coffee. Located in the south of Colombia, coffee has been produced in this region since the 19th century and is home to over 35,000 farming families who farm less than 1 hectare on average. 90% of farms are situated between 1500 and 2300 meters above sea level and the coffee grown here is some of the highest grown in the country. Coffee grows at such high altitudes due to the relatively stable climate; the average temperature is 19 degrees and ranges between 25.9 and 16 degrees, with rainfall of 1866mm and 1666 sun light hours per year.
Between 1998 and 2009, 18,000 of the 32,500 hectares of coffee in the region was renewed under the Federation’s Competitiveness programme. The main varietals grown are Colombia, Castillo and Caturra and due to the growing conditions. Nariño is known for producing quality coffee with clean, crisp, definable acidity. Yacuanquer is named after the town from where the primary collection point is located for the CAFIOCCIDENTE Cooperative and is located in the West of Nariño.
The producers of this regional blend were paid 1,000,000 Colombian Pesos per carga for his coffee (1 x carga = 125kg of dry parchment coffee). The average market rate at the time of the harvest was 740,000 Colombian Pesos per carga.
SANTA SERRA – BRAZIL
Producer: Various small lot holders
State: Minas Gerais
Region: Mantiqueira de Minas.
Altitude: 900 - 1500 MASL
Varietal: Yellow Catuai, Yellow Bourbon
Harvest: Drying completed in November 2015
The Mantiqueira de Minas has some 7,800 producers, 89% of these are small lot holders. This regional blend is composed of coffees from some of these producers and was created with the goal of introducing small farmers to the specialty coffee market. Coffee has been grown in this region for over 100 years and it in 2011 and today the Mantiqueira de Minas region is one of the most awarded regions in Brazil.