Attention fellow coffee enthusiasts! We are ecstatic about our newest roast here at Tiny Footprint coffee: Mexico El Triunfo Medium Roast from Francisco Medez Giron’s Finca La Esperanza.

The Cup: a balance of rich cocoa and nut infused body, with a lemon accented acidity, and a soft and sweet finish.

You can order the coffee in our online store.

This lot—produced by Francisco Mendez Giron’s Finca La Esperanza of the Comon Yaj Noptic Coop, located in Nuevo Paraiso, La Concordia, Chiapas—comes from El Triunfo’s 3-years-running Farmer Specific program.  Where the cooperatives select the best cherry from their top member farms and reward them with a price premium (we pay) in addition to the fair trade and quality-environmental premiums we pay for their normal lots.

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Being a part of the El Triunfo project (5 years overall and 3 years in the Farmer Specific program) is a no-brainer for us: the member farms are committed to continually improving cup quality through technical education, facility upgrades, and increased attention to lot selection and are committed to sustainable agro-forestry, which is proved by their maintenance of bio-corridors through their farms and the shade canopy over their coffee trees that create a true buffer zone for the bordering El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve— home of Mesoamerica’s largest contiguous Cloudforest.

 

Tiny Footprint Coffee along with Audubon Minnesota and in partnership with the Mindo Cloudforest Foundation are excited to announce that we are sponsoring a December 2014 birding tour of the cloud forests of northwest Ecuador.

  • -When: December 13th-21st
  • -Where: Mindo cloud forest region of Ecuador
  • -Tour has space for 6-24 individuals
  • -Hotel stay will be at the TANDAYAPA BIRD LODGE (Warning: if you visit their website it will take every ounce of your willpower not to attend)
  • -Tour operator is TROPICAL BIRDING
  • -Tour price of $2,200 covers tour transfers, transport, guide, hotels, food and specific reserve entrance fees. It does not cover airfare, alcoholic drinks, additional snacks, and tips. Participants should fly into the new airport just outside of the capitol city, Quito (code UIO).
  • -Tour participants need to make a deposit of 30% by August 15, 2014
  • -Questions? Contact Alan Krohnke at 877.884.7463 extension: 5

On similar expeditions, birders have spotted over 300 species. During this time of year, the Mindo Cloudforest region is the home of migratory birds that journey from areas such as Minnesota. This special opportunity will be led by Paul Greenfield, author of “The Birds of Ecuador” and will provide participants with the chance to visit the best birding areas of Northwest Ecuador.

Trip highlights will include participation in a Christmas Bird Count at Los Bancos with the Mindo Cloudforest Foundation staff and local birders, and lodging at the Tandayapa Bird Lodge: home of possibly the world’s top hummingbird garden (over 31 species on its list).   http://tandayapabirdlodge.com/

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Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, Milpe reserve

Tour participants are asked to seek pledges that will enable a fundraising bird-a-thon with proceeds divided between the Mindo Cloudforest Foundation and Audubon Minnesota.

We are looking forward to this spectacular birding opportunity and encourage everyone to check it out!

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Pale-mandibled-Aracari, Silanche reserve