What is Micro Lot Coffee?
Micro Lot coffees are rare and limited in supply, the are usually the best crop of the season. Within a coffee farm, micro-climates create a unique character and higher quality than the rest of the crop. Could be due to soil, shade, selective picking or varietal. These lots can be separated out and an extra degree of processing, fermentation, drying and sorting can take place. Being able to cherry pick individuals lots is a collaborative effort, and costly, for the producer and roaster. The production is very small and adds to their unique quality and fetches higher prices.
Often you hear of coffee and tea buyers equate the ‘quality pryamid’, as the quality goes up, production is small making up the top tier of the pyramid.
Being able to select and feature mico-lots recognizes coffee quality because of the producer’s skill, and roasters relationship with smaller scale growers and co-ops. Companies like Intelligentsia, Stumptown, Terroir and Zoka have built their reputation on these small lots. These lots could make up several bags, too small for a larger roaster and really small roasting companies can not afford or have the relationships built to purchase them.
Several companies are now printing on their coffee bags information for customers on the coffee varietal, grower, certification, elevation, size of farm and roast date. Very much like a wine’s vintage on a bottle.
For some of the best Micro Lot Coffees, visit www.GourmetCoffee.com. You’ll find the best coffees at the best prices!