Our Nicaraguan SHG EP is an Arabica coffee that comes from the mountainous northwest region of Jinotega. It is a Strictly High Grown coffee, meaning that the coffee was grown at high altitudes (1,200 to 1,400 m.a.s.l.), which allows the bean to develop more slowly, resulting in a denser, high quality bean. In addition, EP stands for European Preparation – a further sorting of the green coffee before it is exported, guaranteeing only the finest green beans are bagged and exported. Your favorite Coffee of the Month Club is proud to say that a great deal of our Nicaraguan coffee (including this selection) is harvested and exported from Asociacion Aldea Global.

Aldea Global began in 1992 with 22 farmers. Today, the organization assists over 1000 families, most of whom are from the Chorotega Indigenous Communities. Aldea Global offers organic specialty coffees which have provided the association with small farm loans, women’s solidarity groups and the ability to produce other agricultural products such as fresh produce and beans. The association also promotes sustainable management of natural resources, rural health clinics, installation of potable water filters and integrated pest management programs.

The Association of small farmers facilitates the growth of profitable and sustainable businesses, promoting efficient commercialization and alternative credit services. Aldea Global helps farmers stay in harmony with their environment, while producing a profitable product for the marketplace.

This selection boasts flavors of nuts and chocolate, with aromas of sweet caramel. Medium bodied, each steaming cup you enjoy is sure to be well-rounded with bright, medium citric acidity.



Papua New Guinea is located in the Pacific region just north of Australia. It is an island of spectacular scenery and culture. Because of its tropical location and diverse topography, Papua New Guinea can produce some amazing coffee.

The selection this month from The Coffee Tasters Club® is organic, meaning it was grown without chemical pesticides or fertilizers. Organic coffee is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment, leaving the most minute “footprint” possible.

Organic production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility, decrease the use of toxic pesticides and fertilizers, and build biologically diverse agriculture. Organic coffee farmers grow their own seedlings from previously certified coffee trees; genetically modified plants are NOT allowed. Growers are encouraged to prune their coffee trees at the end of each growing season to enable more growth and better future crops.

What can you look forward to as you enjoy this Arabica selection from the Morobe, Eastern, Simbu and Western Highland provinces of Papua New Guinea? In the cup you’ll be greeted by an aroma that can only be described as “clean.” Full bodied with mellow acidity, we think you are going to love the sweet chocolate flavor. Take a cup on the road for a smoother trip to “wherever!”

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