Limited Editions — Rare coffees
Our Limited Editions are releases of rare coffees that we find to be extraordinary. We select special coffees that showcase farming innovation, and above all, provide unique flavour experiences.
By their nature these are small lots of limited quantity, so coffees are first released to our mailing list.
Latest Limited Editions
Currently we have two Limited Editions. The Edgar Robinson Conilon - a Canephora coffee with eight years of scientific research behind it. And the Ali Alsuwaidi Yemenia - this latest release showcases a newly-discovered genetic group of Arabica coffee that marks a significant milestone in the history of the specialty coffee industry.
The discovery of Yemenia doesn’t just mean one new coffee variety - it opens up an entire ocean of genetic possibilities and characteristics that could shape the future of the coffee world.
Yemen’s climate is tough. Low rainfall, high air temperatures, rugged terrain. It’s the driest, hottest coffee growing terroir on the planet. It is said that its climate today resembles the climate change-impacted environments of coffee growing regions we’ll see in the near future.
And yet Yemenia is flourishing, but how? It is known that coffees originating in Ethiopia before landing in Yemen underwent one of the toughest and most rapid domestication processes in the history of the plant kingdom. Natural selection ensured that only the hardiest trees would survive.
With a history of successful domestication in harsh conditions, this resilient group of varieties could play a key role for an industry gravely threatened by the climate emergency.
Earth’s climate is changing and the full extent of the damage the human race has done to the planet over the past few centuries is becoming clearer with increasingly frequent extreme weather events, shifting seasons and the damning research reports that make sense of them.
Scenario modelling published in January 2022 indicates that rising temperatures, increased rainfall and subsequent alterations to the PH and texture of soil could lead to the loss of 50% of land highly suited to coffee growing by 2050.
Brazil’s 250,000 producers provide around one-third of the planet’s coffee. As the country’s climate changes, coffee farmers are adapting to secure their livelihoods and continue to meet market demand.
Professor Lucas Louzada and his team at Instituto Federal do Espírito Santo have spent eight years perfecting the process for increasing the quality of Conilon - a genetic group of Canephora coffee.
It is proposed that high-quality, high-yield Conilon can be used to supplement less resilient Arabica varietals threatened by the changing climate - simultaneously introducing tens of thousands of Conilon producers to the specialty market.
Over 12 weeks of harvest season in 2021, Lucas’ team travelled a total of 15,000 km as they shared their findings and recommendations with coffee producers across Espírito Santo. In the first year of the programme, 91% of farms that employed the refined carbonic maceration process achieved cup scores of 84 or more on their Conilon coffees.
The early signs are promising - Conilon could secure the future of the specialty coffee industry.
A significant portion of the profits from this Limited Edition will be returned directly to Instituto Federal do Espírito Santo to support the further development of the programme.