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Gathering Blue Seas Dark coffee bag
Sumatra dark roast, smoky and honey notes
Map near West Sumatra
Farmers picking coffee cherries
Semi-washed beans drying in the sun
Coffee cherries
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Gathering Blue Seas - Dark Roast

Regular price $ 16.00

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Roast: Espresso (Medium/Dark)

Origin: Sumatra

Varietal:  Timor, Catimor

Process: Semi-washed

Tasting: Smoky, syrup, earthy, and a hint of spice

Recommended for: autumn and overcast days

Behind the Beans

Sumatra is an island surrounded by many seas: to the southeast is Sunda Strait, to the north is the Strait of Malacca, to the east is the Karimata Strait, and to the west lies the Indian Ocean.

Arisarina Cooperative is a coffee producers' cooperative established in 2013, with a membership that has reached 2,494 farmers. The farmers share common goals to improve the quality of coffee grown in the Gayo highlands and to maintain and preserve the ecosystem. 

These goals are evident in the cooperative’s use of the shade tree method. When using this method, farms plant different kinds/heights of trees alongside the coffee plants. Not only does this decrease pests and disease (and therefore the use of chemical pesticides), it also creates an ecologically diverse environment and reduces stress on the area. This method isn’t commonly used in Indonesia, so it’s really cool to see this cooperative doing it so well! 

Gayo is considered one of the largest Arabica coffee plantations in South East Asia, with plantations that are 100% managed by local farmers. This coffee carries the unique Geographical Identification (GI) certification helping to protect producers against unfair competition, counterfeiting, and adds value to the product that gains competitive advantage. This coffee is also Fair Trade and certified Organic.

Grind Types Explained
Why Does Grind Type Matter?

Grind size affects the extraction rate of the coffee and therefore affects the flavor of the final brew. Because of the water flow rate and pressure variations between brew methods, different grind sizes suit different brew methods better. You'll want to pick the right one for optimum flavor.

More details than you were looking for? Go with the flat bottom filter. It's our most popular grind type and works in your basic home coffee maker!

Options:
Whole Bean 

Whole beans for your home grinder. Your grind, your way.

Flat-Bottom Filter 

Perfect grind for your traditional coffee maker, our most popular grind.

Cone Filter 

Perfect grind for your pour over.

Coffee Press 

Perfect grind for your Aeropress or french press.

Read for Summer Shipping Updates

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What are your shipping options?

Ground shipping: $5.00
Priority and Priority Express: Calculated at checkout

Where do you ship?
We ship to all 50 states! At this time, we are unable to ship internationally.

How do I get free shipping?
We offer free domestic ground shipping on all orders that are $50 or higher. 

What do I need to know about shipping chocolate?
Shipping chocolate is a delicate adventure – especially in the summer.

Our chocolate is especially vulnerable to the effects of temperature fluctuation because we avoid the use of all stabilizers, preservatives, and fillers.

In order to help your chocolates arrive in the way they leave our workshop, we have placed the following systems in place:

  1. We only ship chocolate orders Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays to avoid packages spending the weekend outside of a temperature-controlled environment. Any orders placed Thursday and later will ship the following Monday.
  2. We recommend all chocolate orders are ordered for pick-up or sent by USPS Priority Mail Express.
  3. We cannot offer refunds on chocolate shipped during the summer using USPS Ground or USPS Priority Shipping.
  4. In summer, we ship our chocolates with insulation and icepacks. This utilitarian packing solution helps protect your chocolate in transit.
  5. We occasionally make the tough call to postpone shipping on hot days, and we always update you accordingly.
  6. While we can only offer refunds to customers who have selected USPS Priority Mail Express shipping for their chocolate, please contact us if you are unhappy in any way with your order and we’ll do what we can to make it right.
  7. See our FAQ page for more details on chocolate and temperature!

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