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    Help us name our new fall blend & win coffee!

    Help us name our new fall blend & win coffee!

    Help us out & win!! We're looking for a new name for our fall blend. Write your suggestion in the comments.

    If we choose the name your suggested, we'll give you a free pound of our fall blend!

    Last day to enter: Monday September 3rd.

    Last call for summer: Get a 10% discount on our Yukon themed coffee blends!

    Last call for summer: Get a 10% discount on our Yukon themed coffee blends!

    Enter discount code Yukon Summer at checkout.

    ☀️Visit Canada's parks with Kluane Sunrise
    🏕Go camping in the Yukon Wild
    Brew Tombstone Espresso in Yukon's parks
    ☺️Get cozy with Northern Comfort
    ☕️Pan for gold while sipping Fool's Gold
    🛶Bring Five Fingers Blend on your Yukon river trip
    Enjoy Cabin Blend at the lakeside
    🌲Take Boreal Brew along on a walk in the woods
    Watch the midnight sun (or the first stars) with Northern Nights

    - discount is only available online - minimum order is 4lbs of Yukon themed coffees blends - offer ends at midnight on August 20th -

    Celebrate the longer days of the spring season with our Spring Ahead coffee!

    Celebrate the longer days of the spring season with our Spring Ahead coffee!

    It might be snowing today, but we at Bean North Coffee Roasting are ignoring that for now... The calendar tells us that the season is changing, and so is our roasting schedule.

    We're now roasting our spring blend, Spring Ahead. This delicious blend includes coffees from Ethiopia, Honduras, Nicaragua & Peru. It's a smooth, sweet and juicy coffee with flavours of delicious bittersweet chocolate.

    New coffee from Cooperativa Agrícola Cafetalera San Juan - Bolivia!!

    New coffee from Cooperativa Agrícola Cafetalera San Juan - Bolivia!!

    Our newest coffee from Bolivia is well balanced and has a full body. Enjoy flavours of dark chocolate with a hint of smoke - it's delicious! Click here to purchase it today!

    The Cooperativa Agrícola Cafetalera San Juan is one of the oldest coffee growing cooperatives in Bolivia. The organization was formally constituted on December 26, 1974 in order to represent small farmer families in the area and support their development by pooling efforts through an integrated and sustainable cooperative development model.

    Learn more about the Cooperativa Agrícola Cafetalera San Juan

    We visit our Sumatran coffee producer friends in Indonesia!

    We visit our Sumatran coffee producer friends in Indonesia!

    Said from TPSA translates our Sumatran Silk coffee label. This coffee is produced by farmers from five villages - all are members of Permata Gayo. Helen asked the farmer what it was like to see their coffee roasted, packaged and ready for sale and he answered with one word, “Amazing!”

    Bean North owner Helen visited Sumatra, Indonesia in November 2017! This was our first visit to Indonesia and we were super excited to be here. Together with representatives from Cooperative Coffees, Los Beans Coffee, Lenoir Lacroix, Just Us! Coffee and TFO Canada Helen visited our farmer friends at Permata Gayo and other cooperatives. TFO Canada confronts the challenge of global poverty by promoting sustainable economic development through export information, advice in contact. They facilitate access to the Canadian marketplace and share Canadian trade expertise for the benefit of smaller male and female owned-managed exporters from developing countries and for the men and women they employ.

    Helen pick coffee on Sumatra

    Helen and Mutia Zahara - member of Permata Gayo - show their harvest.

    Left: Helen and Mutia Zahara pick coffee at Yusran’s farm. The name of his farm is Ampus Amanuli.

    Right: Helen and Mutia Zahara - member of Permata Gayo - show their harvest.

    Saman Dance
    Welcome dance by children of Ariganata Cooperative.

    Above: Helen's group was welcomed by various groups with a 'Saman Dance' or other ceremonial dance. Saman - or the dance of thousand hands - is a traditional performance from the Gayo ethnic group and celebrates important occasions. It's characterized by fast-paced rhythm and harmony between dancers. Don't forget to check out the videos of some of dances on our Facebook page!

    Tree planting at the Gayo Coffee Plantation and Research Facility

    Seladang Cafe

    Left: Helen visited the Gayo Coffee Plantation and Research Facility and she had the honour of planting a tree. Check out the name of this tree!! 
    Right: We visited the beautiful Seladang Cafe, owned by Sadikon and his wife. Seladang means taking temporary shelter in a rice field. The cafe is set on a coffee farm in the middle of the forest and is definitely off the beaten track. It has beautiful gardens, a gorgeous outdoor sitting area, and has a wonderful welcoming vibe. If Bean North had a café in Sumatra...This would be it!!
    Sanger, an Achenese style coffee
    Drying racks with a view!  

    Left: Sanger is an Achenese style coffee with a layer of sweet condensed milk at the bottom of the cup.

    Right: Drying racks with a view!


    A beautiful vista at the Ariganata Cooperative.

    The Kokowagayo leadership team of an all women cooperative.

    Left: A beautiful vista at the Ariganata Cooperative.

    Right: Helen with the Kokowagayo leadership team. Kokowagayo is an all women cooperative.

    Cupping session in Sumatra. Sumatran coffee cupping session

    One afternoon, the group had a cupping session (coffee tasting) where they cupped samples from 5 cooperatives. Producers from each co-op attended the session.

    Natural Sumatran Gayo coffee in the drying stage

     

    A passionate poem about arabica coffee 

    Left:  Natural Sumatran Gayo coffee in the drying stage.  As you can see clearly on this photo, natural coffee is dried with the fruit left on the bean.
    Right: Presenting a powerful poem about arabica coffee 
    Orangutans!  
    At the end of her visit, Helen visited an eco-lodge and saw (semi-wild) orangutangs!