Exhale Coffee is the UK’s first coffee sourced and roasted for health and performance. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said that in the last 2 years.
But to be more specific, Mr Alan Moreno’s 2020 crop on his farm, Finca Nueva Esperanza, in Chiapas, Mexico, was the first coffee globally to be sourced and roasted for optimum levels of coffee’s healthiest compounds, then to have their activity verified with an independent antioxidant test… and then finally to have it’s purity tested too.
Coffee is an annual crop and due to overwhelming demand, we realised we were going to run out of Alan’s 2021 crop before the 2022 crop could even be picked from the trees so we went back to the drawing board (or labs in our case) to look for it’s successor.
I'm pleased to introduce our latest coffee which will be our new House Roast and Dark(ish) Roast…
Ek Balam Productores de la Estrella del Jaguar. From down the road in Jaltenango, Chiapas, Mexico.
Chiapas is the southern-most state of Mexico, with rich biodiversity and climbing altitudes – It’s a region already known for its healthy soils and ideal climates for coffee production. Well, it’s also now going to be known for producing some seriously healthy coffee!
It’s within this region that the Ek Balam was founded by a group of coffee producers, seeking to improve the many coffee-producing communities.
Ek Balam, meaning ‘the star jaguar’, was founded in 2019 on three main values: improving the quality of life for coffee producers, spreading coffee grown in this region to international markets, and conserving natural and historical resources.
Today, the organization is comprised of roughly 1,054 smallholder coffee producers, each organically growing coffee on 4.5 hectares of land. These producers reap in the natural benefits of the El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve and the Sierra Madres mountain range… which also, we think, has led to the healthier, stronger coffee trees producing such amazing levels of polyphenols.
Ek Balam have helped producers by investing in proper infrastructure to transport coffee, and a dry mill facility to efficiently hull and bag the coffee. After just three years of activity, Ek Balam have significantly helped producers improve income and agricultural practices, creating a future for coffee in Chiapas.
We hope you like this as much as our last coffee’s. The Dark(ish) is especially chocolatey and rich and this time the House is a little more juicy and bright. The perfect compliment.
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