Passenger - Archival Release #24 - 06/17/22

Passenger - Archival Release #24 - 06/17/22

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    Release #24: Acauã 2017

    Daterra is a remarkable coffee farm located in Cerrado, Brazil. Lauded as the most sustainable farm in Brazil and earning the reputable B-Corp certification, Daterra has a triple bottom line: People, Planet, Profit. This is agriculture on a dramatically different scale than the vast majority of coffee farmers we work with at Passenger. Daterra is approximately 6,000 hectares in size (roughly 15,000 acres). These numbers dwarf all other farms Passenger buys from in Latin America where we have producing partners with as little as .75 hectares of land, not to mention farmers in East Africa that we purchase coffee from through cooperatives and whose members have farms measured not even by amount of land, but rather the number of trees they care for.
    While supporting small coffee farmers is certainly a priority that continues to inform much of Passenger's sourcing program, we think large farms like Daterra, that model best practices and push innovation and technological development, are also vitally important for the future of specialty coffee.
    Among many fascinating areas of research at Daterra is an experimental plot where new and rare varieties of coffee are cultivated. These varieties receive the utmost attention in processing and are studied for their cup characteristics and large scale cultivation potential. This particular dry processed lot, representing the 2017 harvest at Daterra, was produced from one such experimental variety: Acauã (a cross of the Mundo Novo and Sarchimor varieties).

    Freezer Fridays

    The Freezer Friday archival release series provides a unique new opportunity to explore Passenger’s treasure trove of notable harvests from the past. As those familiar with our approach to green coffee preservation will already know, we have actively stored our green coffee in an off-site deep freeze facility since our start as a company, keeping the coffees that we purchase in pristine condition following arrival.

    While the majority of Reserve Lot coffees that we buy sell out within months of their first appearance on our menu, we have, since our start in 2014, saved small volumes of many of our most extraordinary coffees for future enjoyment. 

    Inspecting the harvest at Gesha Village Estates

    Selecting gems from the past at Passenger’s off-site freezer archive

    This year we will begin to make a few of these “greatest hits” available for purchase in extremely limited quantities. Each release will be announced through Social Media and limited to 1 per order.

    The archival lots that we will be releasing in this way are not only shining examples of plant genetics, terroir, and skilled processing, they also offer a unique nostalgic opportunity: to revisit our previous experiences with these coffees and acknowledge once again some of the true high-water marks of producers whose coffees we have been privileged to taste over the years.

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