Want some stellar coffees & stellar values? This bundle is for you!
All very fresh coffee, current or new crop. Great premium screens on Co-op and Mill production coffees. Larger production coffees keep the costs down. Although these are not single farm micro lots, they are very tasty coffees giving the true terroir of their production areas and producing nations. A pleasure to drink and 100% responsibly sourced.
This bundle contains 1 pound each of:
Brazil Mantiqueira De Minas 17/18 Natural FC SS
A great fresh arrival! We have been getting a lot of this coffee for three years now and are impressed, every year is a little better than the last. The pulped natural processing really makes the more creamy chocolaty factor come out while reducing a bit of the traditional Brazilian nuttiness.
Coming from a family owned farms in the Mantiqueira de Minas region within the state Minas Gerais, Brazil. The Mantiqueira de Minas region has a protected designation of origin (PDO) because of the regions renowned coffee reputation and optimal growing conditions.
The region is comprised of 25 municipalities with more than 9,000 producers, nearly 90 percent considered small producers. These small producers are organized through cooperatives that operate in the region to bring their coffee to the international market. This collective of small producers is distinct in Brazil where lots often come from larger estates that use highly mechanized processing strategies to manage larger volumes.
Tasting Notes: Smooth, clean, full bodied and lower acidity; this is a very tasty Brazilian. With lighter roasts, one can detect just a hint of acidity, a little floral upfront but balanced with a fuller body and dry complex chocolate like tones, far less nutty than most. One will still detect a hint of a nutty in the aftertaste for sure but its pretty neutral with a sweet edge. Medium roasts are where we thought this cup to shine, almost no acidity, a milky body and pretty straight forward and neutral, sweet edged tones. Darker roasts add some strength and accentuate the dryer chocolaty tones adding in some roasty smoky tones to the mix, which many will love.
Roasting Notes: Being pulped natural processed bean, these beans do have a higher chaff content but shouldn’t prove to be a challenge for any roaster. A very stand up lot, will hold up light to dark but most will be in the medium to dark roast category. Can come off just a little grassy and acidic at the super light roasts.
Honduran Org SHG EP COMSA Washed Processed
Finca Humana (the Human Farm) is the first thing you will hear about Café Organico Marcala, S.A. (COMSA) if you make your way to visit this cooperative in Marcala, Honduras. The wellbeing of humans is foundational to the COMSA philosophy and educating more than 1,500 producer-members to successfully live in harmony with nature is everywhere at COMSA. It starts with the La Fortaleza, the COMSA biodynamic demonstration farm where the focus of transferring knowledge takes place through week- long seminars called Pata de Chucho (pawprints left by a stray dog), which aptly reveals COMSA’s dogged exploration for human productivity in harmony with nature.
The trailblazing ideas for using organic matter to productively cultivate high quality coffee is only a sliver of what COMSA teaches about the power of nature through the Finca Humana philosophy. COMSA dedicates significant funding from the proceeds of coffee sales to run a cutting-edge international school dedicated to filling children’s minds with possibility and training them to be the future leaders of Finca Humana.
What makes it so good? The fundamentals: traceability to the Marcala region, which is a protected designation of origin (DENOMINACION DE ORIGEN CAFE DE MARCALA); meticulous post-harvest hand sorting of cherry; cherry floating to remove less dense beans; proper fermentation; long drying times; and a healthy dose of the COMSA philosophy and training.
Tasting Notes: This cup is nice and chocolaty, lower acidity and medium bodied. A little sweeter edge to it except for super dark roasts. Besides a chocolaty factor one will get some nutty/caramel/floral like tones at the medium to dark roast points, gives it some nice complimenting depth without being too exotic. We all thought it was at its best right around a full city – smooth without too much of a roasty note and great chocolaty tones.
Roasting Notes: Easy to roast but will roast two-toned. Medium to low chaff. This is an aggregate production coffee which includes multiple strains and pickings. Produces a long first crack and the finished product will have beans in the medium-dark roast range. This is what helps it achieve a full flavored and balanced cup, the slightly lighter beans push out a little floral sweetness, the dark beans provide the rich semi-sweet chocolate tones. An easy and tasty roast point is just touching 2nd crack.
Nicaraguan FTO Jinotega SHB EP BCT Select
This Nicaraguan Jinotega coffee is sourced from family farms located more than 4,500 feet above sea level. Joined together by the COOMULFAC Co-op. This is a FT certified organic coffee. Coffee cultivated at these altitudes matures slowly and grows to be harder and denser than beans grown at lower elevations, creating the strictly hard bean (SHB) with inherent consistency and rich taste attributes. The coffee is prepared for export using a standard called European Preparation (EP), meaning the coffee is hand sorted until there are no more than 8 defects per 300 grams of green coffee.
A tasty and clean classic Nicaraguan coffee. Good body and lower acidity, very nice and fairly strong semi-sweet malty tones coming out of this cup from the medium roasts and beyond. At the medium roasts it will still retain a hint of buzzy acidity, not super citric but will leave a dryness to the tongue, a bit floral in its aromatics but not in the cup. Just before to touching 2nd crack gets rid of almost all signs of any acidity and adds some complimenting smokiness to the cup profile. A very smooth cup from a medium roast to just before 2nd crack. Into 2nd crack will get some edgy strength that dark roast fans will like.
Good from a medium roast to as dark as you want to go. Light roasts just do not develop those lovely malty tones enough. Not being an overly sweet cup, we think a quicker roasts helps retain a bit more crispness and balance to the cup qualities.
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