We are very excited about our first single origin trip and will explore Ecuador in May and June. Ecuador’s coffee production (about 0.5% of the world market) and export are relatively small compared to it’s big neighbour Colombia (with 6%, the 4th largest coffee producer in the world). In recent years Ecuador’s coffee quality has improved a lot, though the country is relatively unknown for its specialty coffee, it could be partly because it is not easy to trace coffee back to a single estate, farm or micro lot. We will focus our visit on the growing regions Loja and Zamora Chinchipe, which have the biggest potential for unique quality and organic production. Both provinces are fortunate from a geographical perspective. Ecuador’s harvest period ranges between May and September, with grown Arabica varieties: Typica, Bourbon and Caturra. Natural and washed processed coffees are common.