We proudly present our entrepreneurial friends and their coffees.
Discover taste profiles, our relationship, full price breakdown and detailed background information here.

 

The origin where This Side Up started testing its development model in 2013. Beautifully complex fruity coffees from a new generation of idealistic local coffee entrepreneurs.

RUSHASHI

"Taste of juicy tropical fruit, ripe orange, honey and flowers. Very clear and creamy, sirupy. A complex and very exciting coffee. A jewel on our tasting table and in the cup." - Roger Wittwer, Kafischmitte


COKO

"Red currants, cranberries and very bright aroma of cherries which reminds a lot of a natural warm cherry jam. Medium body." - Emanuelis Ryklys, CNACS

Nicaragua might have been in the shadow of its neighbours for a long time, but this is changing. This Side Up and local partner Francisco work with a group of smallholders who are determined to conquer the world with their incredibly clean, chocolaty and cherry-sweet coffees.

 

Francisco's Lots

Fine dark chocolate aroma and mouthfeel with balanced cherry acidity. Perfect for sweet espresso and milk-based coffee drinks.

It's hard not to lose your heart in this country's stunning coffee lands. Despite many institutional issues, we're working with incredibly committed farmers to connect their uniquely smooth coffees to the specialty world.

 

Aranga

"The coffee has a modest, round body with floral aromas, a silky vanilla mouthfeel and the dark sweetness of blackcurrant. A godlike coffee from the African continent" - Rommert Schram, Kikundi Coffee

Colombia and Nariño need no introduction, but our beloved Argote family does. In the years to come, we're sure you'll recognise not only this name, but that of their entire village's previously undiscovered coffee gems. The Argote family also hosted our first ever Field Barista Project.

 

ArgotE

"I have roasted a couple of batches now and am really enthusiastic about this new crop. It's lost some of it's acidity and fruitiness, but the coffee gained a lot of sweetness, it's got a cleaner cup and is more layered and complex..." - John Schot, Schot Koffie

A relatively unknown coffee origin with a young, vibrant specialty coffee community that is quickly making their country's sweet, zesty coffees known across the world. We are doing all to support such inspiring homegrown development.

 

Pangkhon

Kenya washed, honey and natural lots. Very different processing methods but a generally sweet citric acidity that balances with a pleasantly surprising round, cardamom-like savouriness and silky mouthfeel.


Saket

Washed, honey and natural lots. Cherry sweetness and smooth, macadamia-like body with a tangy, almost spicy aftertaste.

Indonesian coffee is among the most diverse and undiscovered in the world, and the robusta we found in Flores is a sweet, chocolaty class of its own. We formed a task force to upgrade this underdog species and turn it into the pride of the island.

 

Manggarai

Robusta exhibits natural bitters that derive from its high caffeine content. These are beautifully complimented by a sweet milk chocolate sweetness and very full body. Great supplement to traditional espresso blends.

The Kivu region of the Democratic Republic of Congo is not an easy place to be a strong producer cooperative, so those who can take advantage of the region's incredible growing qualities deserve a clear window to the world. We are proud to present the coffee of the incredible island of Idjwi.

 

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NgulA

Cherry and tropical fruits in a smooth, juice-like body. Distinct filter coffee material: high flavour variation in different roasting and extraction methods due to its sweet and acidic complexity.

Myanmar might be the newest specialty hotspot, but not many farmer groups have actually received any aid or support. However, some learned how to produce specialty naturals through social media and observation alone - simply to find a better living than relying on opium production...

 

Hopong

Passion fruit acidity and thick banana sweetness. Clean and slightly winey natural with pleasantly medium-light body. Great complex filter and sweet and funky espresso.

Although we aim for long-term cooperation at This Side Up, due to disruptions in the value chain or underperformance of the coffees, we are sometimes forced to discontinue our work with growers - if only temporarily. Of course we still wholeheartedly recommend them as partners, their coffees and quality standards. Check out their profiles below.

 

Rwanda Iwacu (2014 and 2015)

Ecuador Olmedo (2013)