Named for each country’s national tree, Ally’s Core Coffees are smallholder-grown community lots consistently delivering the best cup characteristics of their respective regions.
Paubrasil — Cerrado, Brazil — Warehoused at CTI SC, Schwarze Hamburg
Paubrasil delivers the best of a classic Natural processed coffee from the Cerrado and is Ally’s Core Coffee from Brazil. Paubrasil is named for Brazil’s national tree and exemplifies the consistent quality created by Brazil’s seasoned farmers, who use all available technologies to advance production by growing coffees that offer balanced, smooth profiles, despite changing environmental conditions.
Each container of Paubrasil is traceable back to the farm(s) where it was grown through a QR code linking to an online profile compiled prior to shipping the coffee. Paubrasil coffee is transparently certified as part of the Regiao Cerrado Mineiro Designation of Origin program. Coffees certified with the Designation of Origin are grown on farms in an area encompassing 55 municipalities that produce coffees with a unique identity, resulting from the combination of climate, soil, terrain, elevation, and the “know-how” of producers.
Paubrasil’s contributing producers belong to one of nine cooperatives or six associations affiliated with the Cerrado Coffee Growers Federation, have signed a statement of good practices in accordance with Brazilian labor laws, and store coffee in accredited warehouses post-harvest.
Profile: Medium body with dried cherry, almond, and dark chocolate notes.
Ally’s Core Coffee from Colombia is the Palmera. The country boasts hundreds of microclimates from its Caribbean coast in the north to its equatorial highlands in the south, and Palmera Supremo represents a classic fully washed profile, with balanced notes of citrus, stone fruit, and rich chocolate. Full body and medium acidity are characteristic of clean Colombian coffees.
Palmera is sourced and processed with our partners Aromas del Sur in Pitalito, Huila, where they have a new state of the art dry mill that sorts, cleans, and selects coffee prior to preparing it for shipment. As with all of Ally’s Core Coffees, Palmera represents the hard work of many farmers and supports many communities of producers.
Profile: Medium body with notes of cinnamon, citrus, and caramel.
Palmera is also available as Decaf. The same Palmera Core Coffee undergoes the Ethyl Acetate decaffeination process at a nearby plant in Valle de Cauca. The processes uses ethyl acetate derived from local sugarcane (produced at a facility in the same town as the decaffeination plant) to remove the coffee’s caffeine. Ethyl acetate is a natural solvent, meaning it can dissolve other substances. The EA process gently extracts the caffeine from coffee beans, avoiding the use of excessive heat that could damage the structure of the beans. Palmera Decaf has the same sweet, medium body profile and consistency.
Acacia Natural and Acacia Washed — Sidamo, Ethiopia
Ally’s Acaica Core Coffee from Ethiopia is available in both Washed and Natural processes. The sweet, fruity profiles of both processes make either iteration of the Acaica a strategic blend component as classic examples of a Sidamo coffee profile.
The Ethiopia Commodity Exchange grades all coffees, including this lot, to guarantee their provenance. This coffee is produced by the smallholder farmers who characterize the coffee production landscape of Ethiopia. Sidamo encompasses many terroirs, but across the region farming is traditionally low input and the attributes of the plants and the land are captured in every harvest.
Natural Profile: Soft with notes of berries, cocoa, and honey.
Washed Profile: Silky with notes of peach, black tea, blueberry, and lemon.
Ceiba — Huehuetenango, Guatemala
Ally’s Core Coffee from Guatemala is named for the country’s national tree, the Ceiba. In early Mayan and Mesoamerican cultures, the Ceiba symbolized the connection between land and sky. The Ceiba lot from Huehuetenango is a community coffee, investing in sustainable sourcing to benefit a large group of producers. The cup profile boasts a rich, floral and berry aroma and is full of chocolate, lemon, and raspberry, with a creamy body thanks to the specific Huehuetenango terroir.
Our sourcing partner for Ceiba, Unitrade Coffee, maintains a close connection with producers and is active in improving regional coffee infrastructure. After the leaf rust epidemic several years ago, Huehuetenango is still recovering, and Unitrade’s support of producers has been crucial to keeping family farms in operation.
Profile: Smooth mouthfeel with notes of milk chocolate, red berries, vanilla, cherry. Juicy orange citrus acidity. Floral aroma; medium full body.
Guanacaste — Tarrazu, Costa Rica
Costa Rica’s national tree, the Guanacaste, gives its name to this Core Coffee from the Tarrazu valley of Costa Rica, produced by Coopedota. Since 1960, the cooperative Coopedota has supported smallholder farmers in and around the town of Santa Maria de Dota. This washed coffee represents the collective efforts of Coopedota’s hundreds of members and of the professional team at the central mill and washing station.
Ripe coffee cherries are collected daily at a centralized wet will and dupulped, washed, and dried in large batches to produce uniformity, consistency, and cleanliness. The infrastructural design contributes to the overall quality of the final coffee, which delivers the full complexity of the terroir’s fruit, chocolate, and sugar notes. See photos and learn more about the history and operations of Coopedota, including their work to produce the first carbon neutral coffee.
Profile: Medium body, citrus acidity, Dark Chocolate, Fruity, Orange. Overall complex and balanced.
Named after Nicaragua´s national tree, Madroño, this Core Coffee represents the excellent quality of washed Nicaraguan coffees. The Madroño coffee hails from dozens of producers from both the Nueva Segovia and Jinotega regions. It is created by combining coffees with similarly creamy, chocolatey profiles with a hint of tart lime zest. The producers who cultivate the coffee for Madroño have worked with Francisco Valle of Expocamo, our Nicaraguan export partner, for many years and have allocated coffees that consistently deliver quality. Building the Madroño Core Coffee means that Ally can support whole communities of growers by buying nearly their full harvest. The most unique portion of the same producers’ harvests are what we offer as microlots.
Expocamo is a top-notch dry mill and exporting company that specializes in superb drying and rigorous quality control processes. The company receives coffee from nearly 100 farmers, which results in over 3000 different day lots entering the mill over the course of each harvest. All these lots are dried and cupped separately. Each day, the coffees fitting the Madroño profile are especially selected for Ally Coffee to make a consistent Core Coffee.
All producers wet-process their own coffee and then bring it to Expocamo’s drying stations or directly to one of the receiving stations. The coffee is then dried on one of the 500, 150-foot long drying beds under the protective cover of 72% shade. This drying process ensures the coffee does not come in contact with any direct heat from either the sun or an underlying surface, such as concrete. Consequently, this results in a very delicate drying process which significantly extends coffee’s freshness.
Maquilishuat — El Balsamo Quetzaltepec, El Salvador
Ally’s Core Coffee from El Salvador is named after the national Maquilishuat tree, which is identifiable by its clusters of bright pink blossoms. Maquilishuat is produced on Finca San Pedro, a farm run by a group of producing families called Coop Altos del Volcan. San Pedro is near the Volcan de San Salvador, in the Cordillera El Balsamo Quetzaltepec coffee region of the country.
This coffee is a blend of the Bourbon and Pacas varietals and as such calls to mind the history of the two Arabica varieties’ cultivation in El Salvador. Pacas is a naturally occuring Bourbon mutation discovered in 1949 near the Volcan de Santa Ana on the Pacas family farm in the Northwest of El Salvador. After studying its performance in the field, Pacas was distributed nationally as an ideal varietal for both its cup profile and small, manageable tree size.
Profile: Dark Chocolate, Dried Fruit, Orange, Nuts