April Subscription

Welcome to the April Subscription Box… and the beautiful coffees produced by the Migoti Coffee Company  ☕️

Migoti Hill Special

In 2019 Dario committed to a 20 bag lot from Migoti Coffee Company. It was a huge day for Bluebird. Our first exclusive lot and the largest amount of coffee we had bought at once. The coffee was wildly acidic and quite tricky to brew well. The moisture content of the green coffee was a bit too high making it one of the more difficult coffees we have had to roast. But we didn’t care. Migoti was finding their way and we bought into their vision. 2020 showed great improvement and when the 2021 samples arrived, we were blown away. We had the opportunity to “adopt a hill” which means that the coffee was processed in separate hill lots this year. We fell in love with coffee from Migoti Hill and committed to both the washed and natural lots. Our first natural from Migoti! In total, we have 130 bags of coffee from Migoti this year and we are sharing the cream of the crop with you this month. Enjoy! 

Here is a excerpt from the Migoti Coffee Company website: 

“Migoti Coffee Company is a vision of Dan Brose, conceived in 2015 during long car trips across Burundi with Pontien Ntunzwenimana, a local engineer. Their vision is to connect local Burundian coffee farmers, through quality coffee processing and transparent supply chains, with buyers and roasters from around the world. Dan and Pontien, both born in Burundi, desire to see coffee-producing communities economically transformed, with coffee as a catalyst for the growth. Trained as engineers, Pontien and Dan have a clear understanding of how to build, operate and continually improve systems. Dan’s many years of experience in business and humanitarian development work, and Pontien’s childhood roots in a coffee-producing community make them a powerful team to partner with the local community for long-term transformation.

Prior to 2015, the multi-generational coffee farmers in Pontien’s home community had all but abandoned coffee as a source of income due to the 12 year civil war (1993-2005) when their Arabica coffee trees were neglected and destroyed. Another
challenge was the great distance between their small farms and washing stations, which led many farmers to process lower quality coffee on their farms. With peace in the country and a state-of-the-art coffee washing station that Pontien built in 2016, the local community has new-found hope for the future and farmers are excited to invest in their coffee farms. Pontien’s first full year of green coffee production in 2016 proved the local coffee to be some of the best in Burundi, and Pontien continues to work with local farmers to improve quality and quantity in order to build a brighter future for their families and the next generation.

Quality coffee production is just one of the entrepreneurial projects that Pontien has planned in his community. He and Dan are actively developing a small hydropower plant to provide low-cost renewable energy to the local community and to the coffee washing station. He is investigating new crops for the coffee farmers to inter crop with their coffee trees – such as essential oil crops which will be processed into essential oils at Migoti Mountain. And he is planning to build an eco-lodge at the Migoti Mountain site for tourists who want to visit this beautiful part of Burundi and to learn about the origins of coffee and essential oils. 

March's Blue Bag ☕

How great was this coffee?!

This is our first year buying coffee from the award winning Bumbogo Coffee Wash Station and what a banger of a coffee. Incredible texture and beautiful fermented characteristics. Sweet and balanced.

Origin: Rwanda
Region: Gakenke District
Processing: Natural
Varietal: Red bourbon
Flavour notes: Tropical. Mango, sugar syrup and black tea 🥭

As always with the Blue Bag program, the joy is in tasting the coffee with no 
preconceived ideas. We have some big plans for the Blue Bag in the future. For now, we will continue to ship amazing coffees for you to taste and interpret. If you haven’t downloaded the flavour wheel from the SCA, I would recommend it!

The April Subscription features a Bluebird exclusive coffee produced by the Migoti Coffee Company ☕️ The subscription offers coffees from both the washed and natural lots, to highlight the beautiful flavour variance in processing methods ⚡️

Burundi

Migoti Hill

NAtural

Winey, red grape and nectarine 🍇

Country: Burundi
Region: Bujumbura-Rural Province
Altitude: 1750masl
Producer: Migoti Coffee Company
Variety: Red Bourbon
Processing: Natural

Burundi

Migoti Hill

Washed

Expect peach, honey and red apple 🍎

Country: Burundi
Region: Bujumbura-Rural Province
Altitude: 1750masl
Producer: Migoti Coffee Company
Variety: Red Bourbon
Processing: Washed

If you're a three-bag subscriber ☕

At the beginning of the 19th century, when coffee production was in its early beginnings in America, without knowing it, two pioneers and entrepreneurs, Alejo C. Jiménez in Costa Rica and Wilhelm Kahle in the south of Mexico, shared the same dream: “To produce the best coffee in the world” to satisfy the new demanding European gourmet market.

Today, descendants of these visionary farmers still produce coffee within the same ideals of excellency and top quality that inspired their ancestors that continue with the tradition in Costa Rica.

Today, the production process starts with the planting of the coffee trees on highly fertile volcanic soil above 1400 meters above sea level (SHB) in 3 different regions from Costa Rica.

Nowadays, the descendants of Don Alejo C. and Don Wilhelm want to further enhance the principles of quality inherited by our founders by adding the value of conservancy of natural resources, through the acquisition of extensions of natural rainforest for its protection and conservation. These facts, not just words, are small actions taken by one family to reduce air contamination and global warming. This is the contribution we want to make to mankind, this is the new awareness we want our future generations to inherit.

Costa Rica

Volcán Azul

Caturra Natural

Expect milk chocolate and red fruits. Super sweet! 🍫

Country: Costa Rica
Region: West Valley
Altitude: 1600 – 1700 masl
Farmer: Alejo Castro
Variety: Caturra
Processing: Natural

April's Blue Bag 🤔

Nope. You’re not getting any hints. 

I am really excited about this. We have done so many cuppings with coffee professionals and absolute newbies and you’d be surprised how often those who doubt their ability to taste are spot on with flavour notes or can at least pick out characteristics.

When approaching this coffee, I’d recommend brewing it exactly as you would any other coffee. Something to keep in mind is that picking up flavours is often easier with filter strength brews.
It might be helpful to use the SCA flavour wheel (google it for downloadable images), start in the middle and work your way out. Is it sweet? What kind of sweetness? Chocolate or fruit? Fruit – what kind of fruit? More citrus or more stone fruit? And then repeat. Consider how the coffee feels in your mouth. Is it dry, coating like butter or maybe more tea-like. What do you smell? Spices, florals, dough? What sort of after taste are you left with? Is it lingering and sweet or short and bitter?

The key is that this is a learning opportunity. I still feel super insecure about picking flavour notes of new coffees and look for approval in others before printing labels

May's Sneak Peek 👀

A good friend is moving back to the USA. He played a significant role in inspiring me to start this subscription program. In his honour, we are proud to present the final nanolot from Jaguara in Brazil. We released the first nanolot in January and the overwhelming feedback was that it was a “favourite of all time” coffee for many. That was my less favourite of the two… yes… this is going to be a goodie!

Equipment Discounts 🏷️

We really want to thank you for subscribing and helping us forward our mission. We know that there is loads of value in the box itself as well as in our videos. Watch this space(and subscribe)! On top of that, we will also keep working on new ideas so that you know you are appreciated.

First up, we have decided to give you a discount of 10% on all the equipment on our website for as long as you are a subscriber. Simply select the equipment you’d like to

purchase, go to checkout and apply the discount code “subscriber10”. You will see the discount applied and a free shipping option appears.

VERY IMPORTANT: The equipment will be delivered with your next subscription box.

Add anything to your sub 📦

f you’d like to add anything from our site to your next subscription box, use the code ADDTOSUB  at checkout. You’ll see a free shipping option appear and we will know to add it to your next subscription delivery!

Past Subscriptions

March

Wine, honey and chocolate! March brought us some amazing coffees from MTCo.

  1. Rwanda Kilimbi Honey
  2. Rwanda Kilimbi Lot 6
  3. Volcán Azul Caturra Natural

February

Mandarin and cherries, floral and sweet. February brought us some amazing coffees from Volcán Azul!

  1. Volcán Azul Anaerobic Java
  2. Volcán Azul Caturra Natural
  3. Ethiopia Wolichu Wachu Washed

January

Banana, mango and purple candy. The January subscription holds something special with the Jaguara Nanolot!

  1. Brazil Jaguara Nanolot
  2. Guatemala Canalaj
  3. Kenya Kamwangi AB

December

Milk chocolate, caramel and almonds! The December subscription saw the release of the delicious San Florencio coffee from Guatemala!

  1. Guatemala San Florencio
  2. Burundi Migoti
  3. Guatemala T’zun Wit’z

November

Cherry cola, blueberries, chocolate and oranges! The November subscription saw a beautiful variety of coffees.

  1. Guatemala Canalaj
  2. Kenya Kamwangi AB
  3. Primavera Family