Our flagship blend, the Campos Superior, is not simply a blend. It is a project.
Here is a little about the ongoing Superior project..
We at Campos Coffee pride ourselves on our dedication to ethical business practices and giving credit where credit is due. Three years ago, we felt that credit was well overdue to the farmers who work so hard to produce this award winning coffee we enjoy every day. We also felt it was time we confirmed the background of our coffees. Though most of our coffees do have certification – be it Rainforest Alliance, Organic, UTZ or Certified Fair Trade, we decided to visit every producer to confirm the coffee is being produced ethically and sustainably.
We soon found this was not going to be a one-off trip, but an on going presence at origin which would see us form solid relationships and friendships we aim to keep for generations.
The farms we select for the Superior are the leaders in the Specialty Coffee world for their regions. Most are exclusive to Campos Coffee in Australia and the line-up we have is the envy of roasters around the globe- from the United States, to Europe, to Japan. What most roasters have as a “special, one-off” coffee, we use as the standard ingredients within our flagship blend. That is what Specialty Coffee is all about and we will never relent in maintaining these standards.
Ethics in farming is essential and we will always remain diligent on this. Suffice to say, the Superior project hasn’t come without it’s upsets. Some farms we did use in the past had to be cut from the list upon visiting their operations to find unethical practices being used. We have zero tolerance for child labour, inhumane working conditions, or unsustainable farming practices. On the upside, for those whose ideology matches ours, we aim to give back not just in premium payments for coffee, but also by supporting social projects and providing benefits to the communities behind the farms.
Here is a snapshot of 3 primary producers for the Campos Superior Blend Project:
Baroida Estate, Eastern Highlands, Papua New Guinea
This is a very progressive estate run by Nichol and Chris Colbran in the Eastern Highlands. Their operation has been supporting the locals of the area for decades. In a country with little real infrastructure, the Colbrans provide services usually left to local governments- roads, bridges, schooling- everything!
Campos Coffee donates towards the Baroida school for children of the area. Last year, we donated a School Building for 80 children along with water tanks to provide them with safe drinking water. This year, we look to do even more.
The Coffee: We can confidently confirm this is the best in the land. Great depth, earthy, well rounded, central palate, a touch of fruitiness
El Manzano, Santa Anna, El Salvador
A family owned Rainforest Alliance farm immaculately run by Emilio Lopez Diaz. Diligent commitment to systems and fine technique combine with altitude to make El Manzano a market leader. The farm is a tribute to all things Specialty and their attention to detail is second to none. In the Specialty Coffee Scene, Emilio is well known for his micro-lot experiments investigating cup differences found through alternate varietals and processing techniques.
Campos Coffee donates substantially towards the nearby Escuala Rural Mixta School in the area.
The Coffee: Bright flavours of cherry, cranberries and green apples.
Nyabumera, Western District, Rwanda
Another relationship we hold very dear. Rwanda is an emerging powerhouse in Specialty Coffee, and Simeon Ngendahayo of the Western Hills group leads the market. Simeon is the first in the country to focus on specialty micro-lots and his coffee is in demand across the globe as a result. We at Campos Coffee are his dedicated partners in the industry- supporting his fine operations by pre-financing loans to help them purchase the finest red cherries picked from the highest altitudes. We are also partnering with Operation Open Heart in Rwanda which sends doctors to perform cardiac surgery on children in need.
The Coffee: Sweet, fudgy, molasses toffee notes with a velvet mouthfeel.
Various producers, depending on the season. See Our Producers page for more info.
Bourbon, Caturra, Typica, Ethiopian Heirloom
1100 - 2400m
Varied certifications, UTZ, Rainforest Alliance, Fair Trade Organic among them
Very consistent blend. Solid Body, sweet butterscotch and toffee, lingering mouthfeel, fruity highlights, quality