Since 2017, Arabica Trading House has sourced specialty and mainstream coffees direct from Africa, the Americas and the Indian-Pacific region. As the first boutique trading company in Istanbul, we have become a force within Turkey’s emerging specialty market and continue to influence the way industry players understand and appreciate coffee.
Our wholesale division, ATH| Greens, offers an independent and transparent platform for roasters purchasing specialty and mainstream Arabica coffees. With partnerships at origin, we select exclusive micro-lots from smallholder farmers, cooperatives and exporters that are exclusive to our greens catalog; offering a unique coffee experience for roasters and consumers.
In three short years, we have increased our trade from just 88 bags of coffee(averaging 60kg per bag) in 2017 to over 600 bags for the 2019 harvest season. And we are slated to move at least 1,000 bags of specialty and mainstream coffees for 2020 to our markets in Turkey, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.
With a local population of over 15 million and tourism averaging 20 million per year to Istanbul, we receive regular foot traffic from locals and tourists alike. So in 2018, we introduced a retail space showcasing our local roasting partners. Our objective was to promote producers and roasters while strengthening ATH’s brand as a boutique trading company. Not only are we proud of our roasting partners, but the coffee community was pleased to have a platform with a direct link to the coffee supply chain.
We had no idea how successful the retail side of our business would become over the years. Our team quickly learned that Turkey’s coffee market was still in need of a transparent and sustainable platform in which to find not only green coffee but roasted coffee.
And thus our latest sales division was born: ATH| RETAIL!
Our RETAIL BUILDOUT will include a tasting room, full espresso bar and micro-roastery highlighting ATH| Limited and ATH| Specialty coffee collections roasted in-house by our seasoned team.
"As our top tier offering(totaling only 10% of annual purchasing), ATH| Limited coffees are exceptional in cup profile scoring above 88-points out of 100 on the Specialty Coffee Association’s quality scale."
Our Retail Coffee Collections
As our top tier offering(totaling only 10% of annual purchasing), ATH| Limited coffees are exceptional in cup profile scoring above 88-points out of 100 on the Specialty Coffee Association’s quality scale. With exotic flavors and experimental fermentation processing, these coffees will usually be from single-farmer or private estate farms and would be in limited supply(1-10 bags). These micro-lots are catered to our retail customers who understand and appreciate the complexities of these profiles.
ATH| Limited coffees are sourced from our partners throughout South America(Colombia, Brazil), Central America(Panama), Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Burundi) and the Indian-Pacific(Indonesia, Thailand, Yemen). These exotic micro-lots have exquisite cup profiles full of tropical fruits, winey fermentation, berries and chocolate. Ideal offerings for consumers and enthusiasts looking for a unique coffee experience!
"With cupping scores between 84 to 88-points out of 100 on the Specialty Coffee Association point scale, ATH| Specialty coffees are the main drivers of business with over 50% of annual purchasing."
With cupping scores between 84 to 88-points out of 100 on the Specialty Coffee Association point scale, ATH| Specialty coffees are the main drivers of business with over 50% of annual purchasing. These micro-lots are staple coffees our retail customers will use for espresso and filter options. Because of this, ATH| Greens sources larger quantities of these coffees from its producers to ensure consistency and availability. We will be using these coffees for our standard espressos behind the bar.
A full range of origins, varieties and processes will be available each season with top origins such as Brazil, Ethiopia, Honduras, Indonesia and Kenya procured annually. Cup profiles are full bodied, with sweet caramel, stone fruits and mild acidity. Quality and consistent profiles produced by our roaster allows for our retail customers to identify these coffees by name; making these selections our retail customers “go-to” coffee throughout the week.