Monthly MAME is created with the simple wish to share very, very special coffees with you and other coffee lovers all over the world. Whether you would like to brew with your favourite recipes or follow Emi’s recipes, it is about celebrating tasty coffees together every month. 

Here you can see the record of Monthly MAMEs starting in June 2020:

MONTHLY MAME 15 - August '21

The coffee for 15 was sourced directly from our origin trip in March 2021. This was a Gesha variety cultivated by Roberto Brenes, one of the Gesha variety pioneers in Panama. He manages his farm called Finca la Auromar (1570 - 1770 masl), Candela, Chiriqui, Panama. 

His lots are often named after his female family members, like his daughters or granddaughters. This particular lot for the Monthly MAME 15 was, however, named ‘Vietnam’, which is not a name of his members - he named the lot Vietnam, thinking of the Vietnam war that took ages to end. The lot comes from the spot in the farm which is located in the North, where the sun shines strongly and the wind strongly blows. It took him a long, long time to grow that lot productive and tasty. This lot is natural processed, and all of his lots are either washed, natural or honey process. When it’s brewed it’s so bright, gentle and sweet - with notes of peach, orange and grape in floral aroma throughout.

 

 

MONTHLY MAME 14 - July '21

The coffee for 14 was, like Monthly MAME 3 and 7, from El Paraiso (1930 masl), Cauca, Colombia.

The producer Diego Samuel Bermudez Tapia is the director of INDESTEC (Innovation and Technological Development for Agriculture) and precisely processes his coffees with clear flavours in mind. The varietal is Castillo, processed and named as INDESTEC (L-01). We love Diego for being innovative in processing the coffees by working a lot with microorganisms that he has around him. Diego shared on IGTV with us, that he got inspired by fermentation in beer and wine making.

This particular lot, which he calls Limon processed, is actually processed with isolated microorganisms of pineapple. He designed this coffee to be citric, and indeed the notes of sweetie (hybrid of pomelo and grapefruits), lime, zesty and junipers are so present and pleasant.

 

MONTHLY MAME 13 - June '21

The coffee for 13 was from Finca Momoto (1500 masl), located in Chiriqui, Panama. Mathieu and Emi as MAME visited the producer, Luis Miranda in March 2021 and cupped coffees together. The lot is mostly Green Tip Gesha, and it’s natural processed. Luis, born in Nicaragua originally and lived as an organic vegetable farmer in the US for a while, he wanted to learn about specialty coffee and met his partner Alice Hartmann, who is one of the siblings at Finca Hartmann. Through his previous experience and love towards coffee, Luis approaches coffees with healthy, nutritious soils and dedicates his research and knowledge to grow happy coffee plants. They started Finca Momoto (the name comes from the local beautiful bird called Momotus) in 2015 and has 8 hectares. Finca Momoto is full of shading trees, which Luis thinks can create a cool, stress-free environment for the coffee plants which he believes it’s the key for qualitative, elegant floral coffees that he produces. The coffee gets you lots of violet flowers, jasmine, lime and orange.  

 

MONTHLY MAME 12 - May '21

The coffee for 12 was from La Margaritas (1570 - 1850 masl), in the region Cauca, Colombia. 

The variety this time is called Sudan Rume, which is an heirloom type of Arabia found in Sudan near the border with Ethiopia. Sudan Rume normally doesn’t have the high yield production, but they manage every detail to make it work!

The cherries are hand picked and sorted, then placed in open tanks for 20 hours as the first fermentation. The second fermentation takes place in barrels, which are sealed to achieve the anaerobic conditions. After these fermentations the cherries got mechanically dried for 8 days, in controlled temperatures of 38-39C. 

The coffee is a beautiful blast of tonka beans, cake, and a buttery mouthfeel. Very unique! 

 

MONTHLY MAME 11 - April '21

The coffee for 11 was something extra special - Lauria varietal from Daterra (1200masl), Cerrado, Minas Gerais Brazil. That variety was served at the World Brewers Cup Championship 2018 in Belo Horizonte and crowned Emi as the world champion that year.

Every year the farm Daterra cultivates special lots that have been always studied and adapted in the environments, presented as Daterra Masterpieces. 

This year, we purchased this lot among others, the lot D24. The natural aerobic fermentation was applied, which means the ripest cherries were placed in an open tank without any additive water, yeast or anything else. This coffee gives beautiful flavours of grapes, papaya and apple - with caramel sweetness.

 

MONTHLY MAME 10 - March '21

The coffee for 10 was really, really special : Yuzo, Ninety Plus Gesha Estate (1500 - 1700 masl), Volcan in Panama. This coffee was crafted and processed by Joseph Brodsky in 2020 as their first year of the production - we only managed to source the tiny quantity, that every subscriber received 44g as one portion (!) The coffee offered another world in terms of aroma, flavours, textures and all: reminding you of rice wine sake, the citrus fruit yuzu, sweet orange. Then goes to plum wine Umeshu, stickier sweetness like honey, in the end turning into champagne as aftertaste. The variety is Gesha, the process is named Innovation/Proprietary. 

This time MAME visited the farm in March 2021 to get to know Joseph in person. Check this here:

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MONTHLY MAME 09 - February '21

The coffee for 09 was from the Gesha Village Estate, which is located in the southwestern part of Ethiopia and managed by Adam Overton and Rachel Samuel. The farm is divided into 8 blocks, this particular one is from Surma (1900 - 2000 masl), the varietal Gesha 1931 being named after the discovery back then. They name lots after harvests, this is Lot 94. The Lot 94 was harvested in Jan 2020, natural processed, sun dried for 26 days with dedication and care with greatest attention given. The combination of this beautiful varietal and careful processing, the coffee is super clean, gentle and long lasting floral joy with notes of mango and sweet orange.

 

MONTHLY MAME 08 - January '21

The coffee for 08 was from the farm located in Monteverde (1300 masl), in the northern part of Costa Rica. Costa Rica has a few parts being well known for great coffees, the family Santamaria chose this location to do the sugar cane business first back in 1948. 

Since 2015 they do specialty coffee and the one of the family members, Luis Diego Santamaria wanted to bring his family business to the next level, taking their original varietals such as Caturra and Catuai and processing these as carbonic maceration. He and his friend and barista Ricardo Azofeifa Mora work closely together to find out processing methods to design unique flavours on top of the coffee varietals they grow.

Depending on their experimental processing methods, selected coffee cherries are placed in stainless tanks for days, then depulped and dried on African beds for about 3 weeks. 

This coffee offers the flavour journey of juicy tropical fruits, then cacao nib and lastly red wine.

 

MONTHLY MAME 07 - December '20 

The coffee for 07 was from the same farm as 03, El Paraiso (1930 masl), Cauca, Colombia. The variety is Castillo, this time processed as INDESTEC Red Plum (P-02). The producer Diego Samuel Bermudez Tapia is determined to make the innovation in processing beneficial to his and his neighbours, ensuring that their coffees are qualitative and tasty as designed. For this particular lot, this is how the coffee is processed:

  1. Cherries collected, 1st anaerobic fermentation for 48 hours in 18 Celsius in tanks
  2. Cherries get depulped
  3. 2nd anaerobic fermentation for 48 hours in 120 Celsius in thanks 
  4. 2 times thermal shock wash, first 40 degrees water and second 12 degrees water
  5. Controlled drying for 34 hours in 35 Celsius rooms

These complex steps created exotic red flavours like dragon fruits and pomegranates in a cup.

 

MONTHLY MAME 06 - November '20

The coffee for 06 had the distinct flavour of MATCHA! Such a unique coffee :)

The varietal is Green Tip Gesha, which is the most original Gesha ever, and this particular lot called Hacienda lot 237 is from the farm Janson (1350 masl), Volcan, Panama HighLands. This coffee was anaerobic washed and sun-dried on Patio for 15 days, turning out such a clean, sweet, gentle cup brewed with the note of Matcha green tea. 

 

MONTHLY MAME 05 - October '20

The coffee for 05 was with notes of red grape, cherry, raisin. It was from one of the collections by Project Origin by Sasa Sastic. The coffee is cultivated in Guji, Ethiopia (1950 - 2300 masl), the varietal is Heirloom. This lot had a name 0811, we renamed the coffee as Jasper Purple as the coffee is processed as Jasper natural. Intentionally crafted, combined with the recipe given, the cup is enjoyable with sweet and juicy mouthfeel. 

 

MONTHLY MAME 04 - September '20

The coffee for 04 was with notes of red grape, fig and rhubarb jam in silky mouthfeel throughout hot, warm and cold. The farm is called La Negrita (1800 - 2200 masl), located in Tolima, Colombia, run by the producer Mauricio Shattah. Mauricio, being a doctor and businessman, has a clear view and knowledge to design dynamic and complex flavours for each coffee he cultivates. Emi met Mauricio back in Feb in 2019 in China over cupping his collections. 

The coffee was yellow Bourbon, processed as natural anaerobic fermentation. Having the cherries tank-fermented for 72 hours and then dried on African beds in a dark, temperature and moist controlled environment for 4-6 weeks, the cup is filled with rich, dark sweetness and fruitiness like red grapes, ripe figs and rhubarb jam.

 

MONTHLY MAME 03 - August '20

The coffee for 03 was all about PEACH ICE TEA! Having the distinct note both in aroma and flavours, this must have been a true experience. El Paraiso (1930 masl), Cauca, Colombia. The producer Diego Samuel Bermudez Tapia is the director of INDESTEC (Innovation and Technological Development for Agriculture) and precisely processes his coffees with clear flavours in mind. The varietal is Castillo, processed and named as INDESTEC Lychee (Y-05). Whaaaat is that? Here is how it is processed:

  1. Cherries collected, 1st anaerobic fermentation for 48 hours in 18 Celsius in tanks
  2. Cherries get depulped
  3. 2nd anaerobic fermentation in mucilage for 96 hours in 18 Celsius in tanks
  4. 2 times thermal shock wash, first 40 degrees water and second 12 degrees water
  5. Controlled drying for 34 hours in 35 Celsius rooms

These complex steps created flavours of peach, ceylon tea and citric with big rich sweetness in a cup.

 

MONTHLY MAME 02 - July '20

The coffee for 02 was with notes of mixed berries, floral & herbal and cacao nibs - Stratus, the varietal Gesha, from the Morgan Estate (1700 - 1800 masl), Panama run by Jamison Savage. Together with Project Origin by Sasa Sestic, Jamison cultivates incredible coffees. Project Origin’s CM selection works with 4 types of carbonic macerations - Indigo, Jasper, Amber and Diamond - these processes craft definite flavours. This coffee Stratus was processed in Jasper natural, giving red, orange and yellow fruits. 

 

MONTHLY MAME 01 - June '20

As this very first Monthly MAME, THE coffee that made the co-owner of MAME, Emi Fukahori the World Brewers Cup Champion 2018. Yes, it was the varietal Laurina - named Frevo at the auction - from the farm Daterra (1200 masl), Cerrado, Minas Gerais Brazil. 

Daterra is an innovative and ambitious specialty coffee farm and has been working on this varietal Laurina since the last 10 years. Laurina, being less caffeine contained varietal than other typical arabica varietals, is not easy to cultivate. The tree is so small looking like bush promising low yields. The coffee was semi-carbonic macerated in a stainless tank for 48 hours, then dried on African beds for 20 days and finished up in a mechanical dryer. This processing method crafted flavours of grapes, orange and apple when the coffee is roasted and brewed. Emi was blown away by this complexity and silky, gentle mouthfeel in the cup.  After being frozen as green beans for 2 years, still elegant and sweet, Laurina was released to our subscribers.