Shirani Gunawardena and Christian Steenberg began Indochina Coffee in 2015 when living in Bangkok, redrawing the speciality coffee map to showcase South East Asian coffees in the UK and Europe. Building relationships with coffee producers through Myanmar, China and the Phillipines, we’ve worked with these two over the last few years to bring the best of the region's speciality coffee to Climpsons, including our most recent edition of The Fields - Ywangan from Myanmar. After working in equality, human rights and social justice, Indochina strive to ensure fairness and transparency across the supply chain, staying true to the Climpsons ethos of developing long-term, sustainable relationships with farmers and producers.
We’ve had the chance to pick Christian and Shirani’s brain on what it means to be an ethical coffee business in 2020 and what to expect from the region in the coming years.
I was lucky enough to visit Guatemala this year and visit our long-time coffee producer partner, the Bressani Family of Finca San Jeronimo. Our relationship with them goes back to 2016 and we were one of the first to buy his specialty coffees through Coffee Bird in the UK. At the time, I thought it was a delightful Guatemalan coffee with some great aspects of social, environmental and economic practices. A great story.
However, upon visiting earlier this year, my expectations were surpassed and many assumptions were blown out of the water. It has profoundly changed the way I think about coffee and what ‘sustainability’ actually is - and isn’t.
As things ramp up here at Climpson and Sons and the new year begins to hit its stride, we're happy to announce the new coffees that will be appearing on shelves and in the webshop over the next couple of weeks. The start of the year is always an exciting time in the world of specialty coffee, as we start to receive shipments from many of our favourite coffee growing regions in Africa. As these begin to arrive in February and March, we will be introducing three incredible new coffees into our singles range.
Some of the most exciting fresh crop coffees to hit the Climpson's range.
Regular Climpson & Sons customers will probably have noticed that over the last few months, our selection has had a strong focus on flavours from Central America. We've featured coffees from Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Panama, revisiting old favourites from last year's range and introducing some new ones into the line up. As a coffee growing region, Central America is perpetually developing, and the results each year we've come back have grown progressively more rewarding.
As we launch the new Fields, it also gives us the perfect opportunity to talk a little bit about how we source our beans, and the steps we go through to bring you some the finest and most delicious flavours you'll find anywhere.