Production Areas 
and Partnered Farms

Only with the use of high-quality green coffee, are we able to create a cup that inspires. To achieve this however is no easy task. As like any other fruit or vegetable, coffee too can be negatively impacted from changes in temperature, weather and rainfall amount. Which is why we communicate with farmers to decide cultivation method, harvest time and drying method, in order to produce only the finest quality beans for our coffee.

  • SOUTH AMERICA

    • Brazil

      • Canta Galo

        Sustainable Coffee Production

        The Canta Galo farm is located in the mountainous area of the Sul de Minas area in Brazil's Minas Gerais. Canta Galo is characterized by sharp steep slopes that provide coffee trees with natural shade. As a result, the coffee trees are not exposed to direct sunlight, which in turn produces higher quality coffee. Only about 30% of the Canta Galo farm is planted with coffee trees. The remaining 70% of the farm is planted with other types of vegetation in order to promote biodiversity and help maintain the health of the soil. The farm’s dedication to sustainable farming practices earned them the “Good Inside” certification. A certification awarded only farmers who have demonstrated a passion for improving coffee quality, through the innovation of sustainable farming practices. Additionally, as a member of the Brazil Specialty Coffee Association (BSCA), the Canta Galo farm is dedicated to the advancement of specialty coffee production technology.

      • Sertaozinho

        Coffee grown
        in mountainous terrain under extreme temperature differences.

        The Sertaozinho farm is located in the mountainous region of Sul de Minas, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil. The immense changes in temperature create a harsh environment for the cultivation of coffee. Although the use of the natural process is mainstream in Brazil, the Sertaozinho farm has invested in the implementation of new coffee processing techniques. One such process is the “Pulped Natural Process”, which they started using on their farm in 1969. The pulped natural process involves picking only the fully matured coffee cherries and drying them for 15 days. During this 15-day drying period the coffee cherries are agitated 15 times a day, every day. From this farm, Ogawa Coffee purchases only the yellow coffee cherries that belong to the varietal known as Yellow Bourbon, a coffee varietal very closely related to the heirloom varietal.

  • CENTRAL AMERICA

    • El Salvador

      • Los Alpes

        Hand-picked
        Wine-Red Coffee Cherries

        The Los Alpes farm is located in Santa Ana, west of El Salvador. Los Alpes implements cultivation methods that do not rely on pesticides or chemical fertilizers. In addition, shade trees cover the entire plantation, and are pruned to moderate the amount of sunlight that reaches the coffee plants. This allows the coffee cherries to fully mature imparting unique flavors to the coffee bean. During the harvest season, pickers constantly go back and forth between various sections of the farm in order to hand-pick only the fully matured reddish purple cherries.

      • Buenos Aires

        Coffee Cupping Expert Aida Batlle

        The Buenos Aires farm is located in Santa Ana, west of El Salvador. When evaluating coffee quality there are numerous criteria that are examined, such as the quality of soil in which the coffee is grown, the cultivar, and the percentage of defective beans. These differences in taste are evaluated by qualified coffee experts, and coffee beans are traded based on this evaluation. These experts play a role in not only improving the quality of individual coffees by giving advice to the farmers on cultivation methodology. In addition, they connect producers and consumers, by introducing farms and promoting public relations. Aida Batlle is one such person. On top of being a representative of the El Salvadorian Coffee Industry, Aida Batlle also runs and manage her own farm. Aida is famous for saying "Coffee is my Lover," Aida devotes all of her affection towards her coffee.

    • Costa Rica

      • La Nena

        Pulped Natural Coffee,
        innovated and improved
        through years of research

        The La Nena farm is located in an area called Central Valley, which has the oldest coffee growing history in Costa Rica. A farm managed by agronomist Juan Ramon. Juan Ramon has spent a great deal of time researching and cultivating pulped natural coffee. The coffee cultivated at the La Nena farm has received recognition for its quality at various product expositions, and inspires us to continue to pursue better quality coffee.

      • Santa Lucia

        Cultivating Eco-Friendly Coffee

        The West Valley area, where the Santa Lucia farm is located, is one of the two largest coffee growing areas in Costa Rica. In Costa Rica, where environmental protection is a priority, it is necessary for coffee farmers to make efforts to preserve and promote biodiversity on their farms. At Santa Lucia, in particular, careful consideration is taken to protecting the natural environment of Costa Rica by planning different varieties of plants and using spring water in cultivation. In addition, the production line from harvest to refining has been streamlined to produce only high-quality beans are finished. As part of Santa Lucia farm’s dedication to environmental protection, they cultivate shade trees alongside their coffee plants. The canopy of these shade trees protect the coffee plants from strong sunlight and prevent them from getting cold.

    • Guatemala

      • El Injerto I

        Fully Matured Coffee Cherries
        as Selected by Experts

        The El InjertoⅠfarm is located in the south of the province of Huehuetenango, Guatemala. The farm’s highly skilled and experienced harvesting staff pick the ripe coffee cherries all by hand. The carefully harvested coffee cherries are then transported to a sorting facility where they are cleaned and processed with clean water. Even during the refining process, the quality of the coffee is assured through careful inspection by an experienced staff.

    • Panama

      • Deborah

        Coffee born of a valley of flowers

        The Deborah Farm is located in the Volcan area in western Panama, a forest with an altitude of more than 1,900 meters. This area is also called “Valley of Flowers” or “Eternal Spring” and has a rich natural environment. The owner of the farm, Mr. Jamison, understands the many benefits that comes from cultivating coffee in harmony with nature, and does his best to implement sustainable growing practices. The majority of cultivated coffee at Deborah is a variety called Geisha. Geisha coffee is the epitome of high-quality coffee, due to its unique flavor profile. On the other hand, Geisha is a very fragile varietal to grow and is vulnerable to pests and disease. The cooler growing climate of the Deborah farm minimizes the aforementioned risks as a result of the high elevation at which the farm is located. Due to the elevation of the farm temperatures can fluctuate up to 10 ° C between day and night. These fluctuations in temperature cause the coffee cherries to slowly mature, producing strong, high-density and high-quality coffee bringing out the full-potential of the Geisha varietal.

      • Don Pepe

        “Honey Made” Coffee

        The Don Pepe farm is located in Boquete district of Chiriqui province, in the foothills of Baru Volcano, the highest peak in western Panama. At the Don Pepe farm, we have worked together with the farmers to engineer a “Honey Process”. In which after removing the pulp of the coffee, the mucilage adhering to the beans is intentionally left on and dried in an African drying bed. It is difficult to adjust the moisture level during this process, as such we at Ogawa, stay in constant communication with the farm in order to make on the spot decisions to create a unique taste.

    • Jamaica

      • Ogawa Plot

        Blue Mountain Coffee
        that Survived a Hurricane.

        In the eastern part of Jamaica, is a mountain range named Blue Mountain after the fog that gives the mountainside a bluish glow. The coffee produced in that particular area is known as “Blue Mountain Coffee”. The changing weather and strong winds of the mountains create hearty Coffee plants. After harvesting, the coffee beans undergo a rigorous screening process and only the highest quality beans are recognized and named Blue Mountain Coffee. In Japan, Blue Mountain Coffee has long been known as the representative of high-quality coffee. In recent years, due to the damage caused by the landing of large hurricanes and a number of poor harvests caused by pests, the amount of coffee harvested from the Blue Mountain region has fallen to less than half of its usual amounts. This has caused a global shortage of Blue Mountain Coffee. Even under these difficult conditions, we have partnered with the Gold Cup company, who have invested in rehabilitating and managing these farms. We at Ogawa Coffee feel that it is necessary to strengthen the relationship between farms and Japanese consumers to secure a stable supply of Blue Mountains and improve their quality. We decided to narrow down the high-quality plots from the farms owned by Gold Cup and select only the finest plot, branding it as an Ogawa Plot. This selection was done based on a taste check. As a result, the area called Plot Nursery of the Abbey Green farm had the highest scores and was selected as an Ogawa plot.

  • AFRICA

    • Kenya

      • Gatuyaini

        Coffee grown
        in a Blessed Environment

        In recent years Kenya has started attracting attention in the world of specialty coffee, due to its production of many high-quality coffees. Our Kenya Gatuyaini coffee is limited to coffee processed in the Gatuyaini factory, which selects coffee from the small farms around Gatuyaini Village. A village located at around 2,000 meters in the Nieri district, and is surrounded by mountains in the west and north. The Gatuyaini factory is one of the largest agricultural cooperatives in Kenya, and has thorough quality control procedures, including a cupping lab.

    • Ethiopia

      • Tade GG

        Coffee grown
        in a natural environment

        The Tade GG Estate is located in Shakiso Village in the Guji region of Ethiopia which has an altitude of more than 2,000 meters, and actively promotes environment conservation and quality maintenance. Coffee cherries with a uniform maturity are carefully hand-picked to remove defective beans, and are then processed via the natural method. Ethiopia, which is said to be the birthplace of coffee, the owner of Tade GG, Mr. Tasfaye works hard to innovate and promote sustainable practices through his background in agronomy.