The Coffee

Novo Coffee is a relationship-based coffee company. We build ongoing relationships with coffee producers and farmers. Purchasing from the same farms year after year helps improve farmers’ pricing, and in turn, the quality of the coffee.

We purchase our coffees in a number of ways; sometimes coffee comes from brokers or importers, and other times, we deal directly with the producer. Transparency all along the coffee chain allows us to make sure the coffee producers are getting the best prices for their coffees.

We want to connect one end of the coffee chain to the other for the sake of quality. We want to connect people on the producing end with people on the consuming end. In other words: “Get Closer.”

Central America

Panama has dominated our Central American offerings over the years. From our 15+ year relationship with the Hartmann Family to the super special geshas from Ninety Plus Gesha Estates (founded and operated by Novo co-founder Joseph Brodsky), exceptional coffees from Panama have been the rule. Coffees from El Salvador, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and more recently, Nicaragua, have all become important components as well. Look for fresh crop arrivals from April to June.

Our Beans

South America

Colombia produces around 12% of the world’s coffee supply. It makes up a similar percentage of what we purchase here at Novo. We’ve been buying San Sebastian from the OCCICAFE cooperative in the state of Huila for close to 10 years. Look for us to branch more significantly into other origins soon — likely Ecuador, Peru, and Brazil.

Our Beans

  • San Sebastian

    Novo’s San Sebastian comes to us from a group of approximately 100 small growers in the municipality of La Plata, located in the southwestern part of the department of Huila, in the foothills of the Cordillera Central. The coffees in San Sebastian are shade grown under the cover of Plantains, banana, Guamos, and Cachimbo trees. The picked coffee is fully washed on the producers’ farms and then fully sun-dried in covered patios and on African beds.

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  • San Sebastian Green Coffee

    Please note, this is unroasted, green coffee.

    Novo’s San Sebastian comes to us from a group of approximately 100 small growers in the municipality of La Plata, located in the southwestern part of the department of Huila, in the foothills of the Cordillera Central. The coffees in San Sebastian are shade grown under the cover of Plantains, banana, Guamos, and Cachimbo trees. The picked coffee is fully washed on the producers’ farms and then fully sun-dried in covered patios and on African beds

    We recommend developing this coffee to a medium roast.

     

    SOLD IN 1 POUND BAGS

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  • Santa Monica

    At long last, the return of one of our favorites, Santa Monica from legendary coffee producer Cristina Garces. Santa Monica is grown in the La Concordia region of Antiquia, Colombia at the Santa Monica Estates, which sits at 1950 meters above sea level. This is a fully washed coffee, which is dried mechanically for an exceptionally clean cup. Big chocolate flavors dominate the tasting notes, with lingering fruit flavors of grape and black cherry. Enjoy this blast from the past!

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  • Majagual

    Majagual is an exciting new coffee from Finca Majagual, a new Novo partner located in the Concordia region of Antioquia, Colombia. A neighbor of the Santa Monica Estate, Finca Majagual is led by producer Jesus Maria Martinez Gomez, to whom we were introduced by Cristina Garcés, the producer at Santa Monica. Majagual is an incredible coffee: this is a 100% washed chiroso, a rare Ethiopian variety that grows incredibly well in Colombian soil. This coffee has all the hallmarks of a classic Yirgacheffe coffee, with delicate florality and clean, sparkling citrus notes, but it’s grown near Antioquia at 1750 meters above sea level. If you’re a fan of African and South American coffees, this is not one to miss!

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Africa

Some of our all time favorite coffees have come from this beautiful continent. Ethiopia has and will likely continue to dominate our offering lists — from our early days of Amaro Gayo, Aricha, and Beloya to the more recent Anyetsu and Belekatu — this is an origin of seemingly limitless flavor profiles. Regular appearances are also made by great coffees from Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, and more.

Our Beans

  • Mchana

    Mchana comes to Novo from our partners at Royal Coffee and the Mchana Estate, a large coffee producer in Kiambu county, Kenya, that also operates a historic dry mill in the same region. The Mchana Estate comprises almost 640 hectares of coffee farms grown under carefully managed shade canopy, making it one of the largest coffee estates in Kenya. Locally owned and operated, each stage of coffee production is carried out by specialized teams. Mchana Estate provides medical care and daycare for all employees and their families, administers a school and a social hall, and provides local farmers with seedlings and livestock feed. The coffees from Mchana are fully washed and dried in parchment, and like other coffees in the region, are conditioned in bulk for multiple weeks before milling. This conditioning allows the newly dried coffees time to settle and stabilize their internal moisture before export, resulting in very clean and distinct flavors. This coffee has a very crisp, clear flavor profile, with tropical fruits and a sparkling acidity.

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Pacific

Sumatra is the largest island in Indonesia and is generally the only Indonesian coffee origin that we bring in to Novo. The “wet-hulled” processing method characteristic of Sumatran coffees brings a variety of unique-to-origin flavors. For us, the best ones bring a tangy acidity, spices, syrupy sweetness, and often notes of leather, tobacco, and cedar.

Our Beans

  • Tano Batak

    Tano Batak comes from the Lintong and Dolok Sanggul regions of Sumatra. This coffee is grown between 1400 and 1550 meters, making it some of the highest grown coffee in Northern Sumatra. Tano Batak uses a unique processing method called giling basah which is a traditional method of coffee processing native to Sumatra. In giling basah, or wet-hulled coffee, coffee cherries are picked, pulped, fermented, washed and then sun dried in their parchment. But before the coffee is fully dried, it is sold at market and then the parchment is hulled, still wet, at around 28-32% moisture content. The coffee then finishes drying in greenhouses to a 11-12% moisture content and is then sorted by hand.

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Espressos & Blends

Blending beans is an art. We roast and blend all of our espressos and blends in-house for a perfectly balanced cup.

Our Beans

  • Four Leftys

    Four Leftys is Novo’s house blend, formulated from fully washed coffees of the Americas. By selecting outstanding washed coffees from different origins in the Americas and carefully blending them, the Four Leftys has a well rounded flavor profile, intended to have “classic” tasting notes.

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  • Espresso Novo

    Espresso Novo serves as tribute to both the classic espresso profile and Novo’s farmer partnerships. This medium body coffee is a blend of two distinct processing methods, and two very different growing origins. Containing both washed and sundried coffees from Ethiopia and the Americas, we find Espresso Novo to be a clean, balanced shot on its own, but robust enough to shine through in milk based beverages.

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  • Novo Decaf

    Decaffeinated using a water process that is exceptionally gentle on the coffee beans, Novo Decaf tastes just like a great cup of coffee should. Full bodied and mind-blowingly sweet, this decaf will please every coffee drinker.

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  • Espresso Del Fuego

    We consider Espresso Del Fuego to be our “gateway coffee.” If you’re just starting your specialty coffee journey and are looking for a jumping off point, the Del Fuego is for you. A classic “coffee” profile, full bodied and sweet, with just a touch of roast, the Espresso Del Fuego shines as any brew method, not just as espresso.

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  • Novo Decaf Espresso

    The same decaf espresso blend that we use in our shops, Novo Decaf Espresso tastes just like the high octane stuff without any of the caffeine. Designed to be full and sweet on its own or in milk, you’ll never guess that it’s decaf.

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  • Haversack Steeped Coffee Bags

    Meet Haversack Steeped Coffee Bags, single-use coffee bags that are perfect for that easy cup, ready wherever, whenever. Novo’s Haversack is 100% fresh-ground coffee, with no additives or crystals of any kind, and nitro-sealed in guilt-free compostable packaging, removing any air that will affect flavor and quality. Simply steep the bag in hot water as you would tea, and experience the freshly brewed taste in an instant. They require no equipment outside of hot water, and unlike so many instant or ready to drink products, these taste really good.

    Next time you’re heading up to the mountains for some camping or skiing, don’t forget to pack your Haversack!

     

    Available as single bags or a six pack.

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  • Cold Brew Blend

    Beat the heat this summer with Novo’s Cold Brew Blend, the very same blend we use in our award winning Novo Nitro Cold Brew. Brewing great cold brew is a snap with this blend. All you’ll need is 12 ounces of the Novo Cold Brew Blend, ground for cold brew and 7 cups of filtered water. Then simply follow the instructions below.

    1. Add the ground coffee to an appropriate sized brewing vessel (we like the Toddy Cold Brew system, but a large mason jar works great).
    2. Add the water, fully saturating all the coffee grounds.
    3. Give the mixture a gentle stir to incorporate.
    4. Place in the fridge and let steep for 12-24 hours.
    5. After steeping, filter the coffee grounds from the water. If you don’t have a cold brewing system, pour the cold brew coffee first through a mesh sieve, then through a coffee filter.
    6. This creates a cold brew concentrate, which we recommend diluting with a 1:1 ratio of concentrate to water and then pouring over ice, but you should dilute it to taste.
    7. The concentrate will stay fresh in the fridge for 2-3 weeks.

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