Marie Nakao Sasaki has an innovative take on coffee cultivation, pursuing it through environmental, social and economic rigor. Her tireless efforts in each area help produce exemplary coffees, but it’s her multi-dimensional mindset that marks her as a true pioneer, garnering international attention and winning awards for Fazenda Catanduva. Her approach prioritizes the harmony among innovative land management, compassionate care for workers and communities, and economic health and longevity. We’re proud to feature this coffee as a first time Starbucks Reserve™ offering. In each sip we catch a glimpse of coffee’s promising future.
Dubbed the “abode of the gods” by locals, the Preanger region in West Java feels distinctly otherworldly—prolific rainfall, black volcanic earth and lush rainforest shade trees abound to form ideal coffee-growing conditions. Cooler temperatures also serve to slow coffee maturation, creating a complex cup profile that’s both sweet and herbal. This coffee is a notable favorite—and one we’re immensely proud to be offering once again.
In 1969, Dr. Octavio Rodríguez Restrepo became enchanted by the mountainous Caldas landscape in western Colombia and planted his first coffee tree in the area’s fertile soil. Today, the second generation of the Rodríguez family oversees Finca La Palmera with tremendous passion and care. In a country where coffee is traditionally washed, this farm is an outlier, committed to the sun-dried method— a delicate process that requires time, patience and skill. This lot is a fantastic discovery for us, delivering sweet tropical-fruit impressions and a syrupy finish. A cup that takes Colombian coffee to an exciting, new place.