According to an old Midwestern proverb, to live in a place like West Michigan, you’re likely to experience all four seasons in a single day. We can attest to this, and because of this worked to develop a blend which complements the best and worst of Midwest weather patterns. All Seasons blend offers crisp and balanced flavors, for mild Fall days, and our first glimpses of Summer in the Spring. It’s just as fitting for snow day mornings, with its resounding chocolate flavors, and provides delicate florality and vibrancy for an iced Summer sipper.
Base Component: La Plata - Huila, Colombia Accent Component: Papagayo - Tarrazu, Costa Rica Process: Washed Notes: cedar, toasted almond, roasty, dark chocolate, heavy
In addition to being one of Sparrows’ go-to roasts for those desiring some roast and smoke flavor, H.O.M.E.S. also serves as a mnemonic acronym for those desiring to list off all five Great Lakes. Don’t hesitate to fill your cup with this cravably classic sipper, and drop your new geographical factoid on friends and family.
Base Component: Osvaldo Benavides - Narino, Colombia Accent Component: Chocaman - Veracruz, Mexico Process: Washed Notes: Dark chocolate, fig, sweet citrus, rich, deep
If you’ve been into our Wealthy Street cafe & newsstand, you’re surely familiar with this classic house offering of ours. It’s a true workhorse blend, often serving as both our drip and espresso coffee of the day. Newsstand Blend’s balance is perfectly suited to be an approachable cup of brewed coffee, with its deep sweetness, and subdued but present vibrancy. As espresso, its brightness takes more center stage, without overpowering the shot - ideal for a contemporary espresso experience.
Base Component: Currently steering this ship’s direction is a wondrously rich and velvety coffee from Colombia’s Narino region. Its producer, Osvaldo Benavides, is a member of the FUDAM producer association. Since 1999, FUDAM has inspired the best work in its community of coffee producers, throughout a variety of projects.
Accent Component: Lending this blend its smooth and creamy backbone, this coffee hails from the state of Veracruz, located on Mexico’s gulf coast. It’s produced by growers in the Catuai Amarillo cooperative, with support from the larger Incafesam union. Composed of lots from around 40 - 50 growers, these coffees often have notes of lemon meringue, orange peel, and honey.
Base Component: Blend of coffees from Colombia’s Cauca region Process: Washed Notes: dark chocolate, currant, roasty, smokey, rich, syrupy
For too long, Dirty Bird was kept an off-the-menu secret, akin to In-N-Out’s animal style burger, or Chipotle’s Burritodilla. For the first time, this bird is now uncaged for your drinking pleasure, pairing lush sweetness with flavors of mild roast and smoke. But, beware - Dirty Bird is a siren, just as flirty as it is dirty, capable of luring the most pure of light roast drinkers to the dark side of the roast.
Not only was this Colombian coffee produced by young growers, it was also selected by the world's youngest Q grader, Frankie Volkema. The Joven / Sparrows team worked with the CAFINORTE cooperative in Colombia's Cauca region to compile this blend of lots, in collaboration with Coffee for Peace. In the cup, it tastes of rich milk chocolate, sweet citrus, and spring flowers. Even better, it specifically supports and celebrates the next generation of farmers in Colombia.
While “peace” isn’t typically found on flavor wheels or listed as one of a coffee’s tasting notes, it’s resoundingly present in our Colombian coffee offerings from the country’s Cauca region. Following 50 years of conflict, the country is in the middle of a historic peace process, supported in part by its robust coffee industry. To help encourage this progress, Sparrows works closely with Coffee for Peace, a coalition of coffee farmers and market allies. CFP works to ensure economic stability in historic conflict zones through coffee, by aiding farmers with business development, trade facilitation, and coffee quality improvement. We currently source all of our Caucan coffees through Coffee for Peace and the farmers supported by the organization.
Our current Caucan offering is a blend of lots from the region’s Chimborazo municipality, regarded for its juicy stone fruit flavors and sweet citrus vibrancy. To compile this blend of lots, CFP worked with the CENCOIC cooperative, who supports indigenous coffee producers, and advocates for their political and land rights. In the cup, this coffee is big and full-bodied, with the bright juiciness you commonly find in a blood orange.
It’s hard for us to drink a cup of Uptown Blend without thinking of local legend, Marie Catrib. Uptown Blend was concepted for her longstanding Grand Rapids institution of a restaurant of her own name. Designed to be a go-to breakfast drinker, Uptown Blend pairs nicely with all of the breakfast standards, from triple stacks of pancakes, to savory omelettes and frittatas. Oh, and we can’t leave out Marie’s originals like breakfast pasties and sweet potato-quinoa burgers. We digress. Uptown Blend is luscious and velvety, with mellow malic acidity, and flavors of hazelnut and cocoa. Start your day strong with this sweet sipper.
Base Component: Lending this blend its deep creaminess and roasted apple character, this coffee hails from the state of Veracruz, located in Mexico’s gulf coast. It’s produced by growers in the Catuai Amarillo cooperative, with support from the larger Incafesam union. Composed of lots from around 40 - 50 growers, these coffees often have notes of lemon meringue, orange peel, and honey.
Accent Component: To source this coffee, Sparrows works closely with Coffee for Peace, a coalition of coffee farmers and market allies. CFP works to ensure economic stability in historic conflict zones in Colombia through coffee, by aiding farmers with business development, trade facilitation, and coffee quality improvement. This coffee comes from La Gavina farm in the municipality of Santander, contributing accents of malt, citrus zest, and molasses to the blend.
Not only was this coffee produced by young growers, it was also selected by the world's youngest Q grader, Frankie Volkema. Produced by a collective of seven young women entrepreneurs from the Ngozi region of Burundi, this coffee shines. The women from Ngozi pooled their savings to produce their first harvest and purchase a wet mill. They named their investment group Turihamwe, which means "together" in Kirundi. While these women have been in coffee farming for years, this is the group's FIRST EVER harvest. It's incredible.
A pioneer in traceable and conscious production, Getachew Zeleke provides members of his Ethiopian cooperative with essential resources and premium prices for their organically grown coffees, which elegantly display Odo Shakisso’s unique terroir. This selection of coffee, from the cooperative’s 2019 harvest, is rich in nuance, with an alluring floral bouquet. It’s composed of Ethiopian heirloom varieties, which lend complexity, and heritage to the cup. Its soft fruit flavor is similar to that of ripe Summer melon, with mild juice and light sweetness. The coffee also offers a citrusy characteristic redolent of Meyer lemon’s bright florality, while leaving room for more delicate flavors of creamy jasmine and poignant bergamot.
Unique in flavor and processing method to many other decaf coffees, La Serrania employs ethyl acetate derived exclusively from sugarcane mixed with mountain water from an isolated range in the Andes, to remove 99.7% of the caffeine. Preserved complexity and fruit flavor shine as a result from the time and attention put into this Colombian decaf.
Brewed, La Serrania is smooth and silky with soft acidity oddly reminiscent of banana. Its deep sweetness evokes that of molasses and vanilla, which is balanced by its citrus zest vibrancy on the back end. You'll hardly be able to tell it's even decaf!
If idyllic terroir wasn’t enough, Kenya’s meticulous cherry harvest and processing puts their coffees in a league of their own. Kiandu is a shining example of their labor’s fruit, incredibly clean, with the sparkling acidity not far from that of a bubbly rose. Have we grabbed your attention yet? There’s more. In addition to cup quality, Kenyan coffee production puts emphasis on quality of life, through advanced cooperative networks. Members of the Kiandu Cooperative receive assistance in market access and selling, as well as pre-financed services such as medical, school, and farm inputs. While the complexity of this coffee would allow us to go on for days, we especially love its syrupy mouthfeel, floral honey sweetness, and juicy flavors of blackberry and white grape.
Translating in English as "dreams," Indoto comes from two-time Cup of Excellence winning Kiryama washing station. In 2017, our import partner, JNP Coffee, known for their work with women owned microlots in Burundi, invested in the washing station. The coffee is produced by some 3,500 small land holders in the country's Kayanza province, among banana trees, cassava, and beans. JNP was founded by Jeanine Niyonzama-Aroian, to support more inclusive economic development in the country. The business supports growers by sharing knowledge, encouraging innovation, and promoting environmental stewardship. Sparrows loves this coffee for its delicate, silky mouthfeel, seeming all the while robust with its flavors of black tea and dried apricot.