Coffee Beans

No matter how you like to drink your coffee, it all starts with the beans…

liPónaire has access to over 90 different green (un-roasted) coffee beans from over 20 countries around the world

li We import only high grade Arabica beans from around the world – India, Indonesia, Colombia, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Brazil, El Salvador, Honduras, to name a few

li Our green beans are grade AA, AA++, or AAA

li Our beans are selected for their quality and taste from sources that support the local producer, their community and farm in a sustainable manner

li Pónaire is Organic Certified and offer Speciality Organic coffees from Peru and Honduras

Our Beans

All of our beans are Arabica and were selected for their taste and quality. We currently source from the following regions and farms.

Having visited this farm in 2015, and met the Humberta Barerra (the owner) and his farm managers who live with their families on the farm, we decided to buy their entire crop of speciality Altarima Finca crop – a mix of Pacas and Bourbon varietals that are fragrant, fruity, rich and smooth. The beans are hand-picked in waves as they reach their prime ripeness. They are wet processed and patio dried under the beautiful sunny blue skies of El Salvador. While in El Salvador we cupped many coffees and found subtle differences in their floral sweetness. Not only did we visit the farm, but we also visited and met with the owner of the local cooperative that processes the beans from many local farms.
We use high grade Arabica coffee from the world’s 2nd largest producer. The coffee is grown in what is regarded by many as the best coffee growing region of Colombia, namely Medellin. The coffee produced has a rich, nutty taste and is a good all round cup of coffee.
Indian Monsoon Malabar. Monsoon Malabar is a process applied to coffee beans whereby the harvested coffee seeds are exposed to the monsoon rain and winds for a period of about three to four months, causing the beans to swell and lose the original acidity, resulting in a flavour profile with a practically neutral pH balance. The coffee is unique to the Malabar Coast of Karnataka and Kerala in India. These beans look different in their raw form – they are light in colour (like peanuts) and plumper and cleaner than most coffee beans.
We use a variety of Costa Rica beans. Our Costa Rica Beans are Shade-Grown Coffee, which translates into a healthy rainforest – also referred to as bird-friendly. This means the indigenous rainforest canopy has been left intact, rather than clearing the forest to maximize planting. Many species of migratory birds, insects and other creatures such as frogs and lizards live in these shady coffee farms. By growing coffee amongst the natural fauna of the Costa Rican rainforest we ensure that the many nutrients found in roots, decomposing plant matter and the natural mineral content of the volcanic soil are all retained, further adding to our coffee’s intense flavour.
The Island of Java is located on the south east of Sumatra in Indonesia. Coffees from this region tend to have deep body and bold flavours. The coffee we source from this region is from the Java Blawan Estates and exhibits a nice perfumey aroma with a hint of floral, jasmine and spice. It is clean and rich with a fabulously smooth finish. In 2013, we visited Indonesia to visit the farms. We were surprised to learn that coffee in Indonesia is often grown amongst a variety of other crops–green beans, ginger, corn, mangoes, papaya, tomatoes, chillies, etc–everything to sustain the farmer the local village year round.
We import high quality Nicaraguan beans that are graded AAA and of screen size 18. We roast these beans through first crack until they are satiny smooth and slightly shiny to produce a sweet, balanced, rich, full-bodied coffee, with an emphasis on the low-toned chocolate and apricot/papaya side of the fruit sensation than on the higher-toned, floral, citrus side. We import mainly from two farms: Matagala Cavvallino and Hacienda Sajonia – a farm is run by two English brothers, Tom and Matt Hills who settled in Nicaragua in 2010. Hacienda Sajonia is located in northern Nicaragua and situated in the beautiful El Diablo – Datanli natural reserve high up in the mountains between Matagalpa & Jinotega. The Hill brothers have a 10 year plan to rebuild the original farm and sustainably cultivate Catura, Catuai, Pacamara, Java, Catimor and numerous microlots of specific varietals. They have a strong mantra for sustainability that extends not just to the coffees, but also to the environment, their community and economics.
Yirgacheffee. An exclusive mocha grown on the Southern Ethiopian highlands at an altitude of 2,400 metres, this coffee is a stand out for its elegance and sumptuous aromas with floral nose with hints of jasmine.

Gugi Highlands Honey Natural. Ponaire discovered these beans while on a coffee trip in Ethiopia in January 2016. While walking amongst the coffee trees, we noticed bees flying in and out of holes in the ground. When we asked, we were shown that there were bee hives in the ground surrounding the coffee trees. The beans from these trees definitely reflect their terrior! The beans are dry-processed with some of their sweet cherry flesh left on them – this is why they are called ‘honey naturals’. It is a stunning coffee, grown on a unique farm resulting in natural sweetness, medium body and good brightness.

From Peru we import only Certified Fairtrade Organic Arabica beans. The beans are from San Ramon de Pangoa and are washed and patio dried.
From Honduras we import Certified Fairtrade Arabica beans and Certified Fairtrade Organic Arabica beans. We also import some non-Fairtrade Organic beans that we use in blends. Coffees come from the Western hills of Honduras – La Paz region.
AA Mount Kenyan Beans are the largest speciality bean in Kenya. They yield complex, fruit coffee. A very clean cup and clean medium roast. It is wet-processed and dried on raised beds.
From Brazil we import Fairtrade Arabica beans from Pereira Estate in the high mountains of the South Minas Water Spa Circuit, near the towns of Lambari, Carmo de Minas and Sao Lourenco. The 300 acres of the estate bring together the fundamental requirements for production of speciality coffees: altitude, climate and personal dedication. The estate is highly dependent on manual labour as a result of its mountainous terrain. About 12 families live on the farm, which has 35 year round employees. The estate offers benefits to
their employees, including schools, Family Health Program and good quality housing.