Kiss The Hippo

Kiss the Hippo was established in London in 2018 and founded on the principle that coffee should be as ethical as it is exceptional. For Kiss the Hippo, that means promoting sustainability and innovation in everything they do; whether they are roasting sustainably sourced coffee at their Soil Association Organic Certified Roastery, forging partnerships with some of the world’s most celebrated producers, or giving back by supporting charities at the global and local level.

‘Kiss the Hippo was founded on the belief that coffee, at its best, is far more than just a beverage: it is an invitation for us to pause and take a moment for ourselves. That’s why we are committed to sourcing, roasting, and serving exceptional coffee – to make those moments as meaningful as possible.’ Can Eren, Founder

Sourced Market is proud to be serving up Kiss the Hippo coffee and have selected Los Vascos, Colombia as our favourite. This delicious roast is grown by dozens of smallholder producers and is harvested between June and March. Its mellow flavour with notes of Green Apple, Caramel and Honey – is perfect for coffee lovers looking to enjoy something special everyday!

We were fascinated to hear more about how the coffee is made and produced by the team the producers in Columbia. Los Vascos is a community lot made up of a small collection of farms near Bilbao in Colombia. The farms that make up this coffee are incredibly similar—usually only a couple hectares or so in size and all family run, the producers create a coffee with the same signature soft acidity and round sweetness. Each producer’s small lots are pooled together based on their flavour profile which is identified at the daily tastings held at the co-operative mill. This lot was created specifically to be a crowd pleasing easy to drink coffee, something everyone will love.

The thing that allows the diverse group of producers in Bilbao to create such a uniform lot is their usage of the same cultivars: caturra, Colombia and castillo. Cultivars are the different kinds of coffee plants, like how granny smith or red delicious apples can completely change the experience when you taste them.

Cultivars are also artefacts of history—caturra was the traditional cultivar of Colombia before a fungus called rust killed most of it off. The government then released a cultivar named Colombia at the height of the crisis, bred to be resistant to the fungus. It held out for years until a second crisis hit, and in response to this castillo was released. Now farms across Colombia have a collection of the cultivars, all usually mixed together. Lessons from the agroforestry world tell us that there’s a strength in this genetic diversity—each farm having many different cultivars can help to avoid the next crisis.

So what are you waiting for? Get yourself down to Sourced Market and grab one of our delicious and socially conscious coffees.

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