Jon’s coffee special features our three most popular coffees.
This bundle includes:
Colombian Antioquia Supremo
Antioquia is the state/region containing Medellin and is similar tasting to the Medellin coffees.
This is a premium screen of a state aggregate (Antioquia), not one farmer in this lot. This type of production is very cool for mixing (should say purposeful blending) cherries from different farms within the region gives a true taste of the area.
On average, each producer cultivates their coffee on 3 acres of land. Coffee producers use their own micro-mill to process harvested cherries, which allows for meticulous care in depulping, fermenting, and drying the coffee. Federacion Nacional de Cafeteros de Colombia, an exporter dedicated to supporting small producers, collaborates with these producers improving their access to international markets.
Low acidity and fuller bodied this cup shows the classic spirit of Colombian coffee. A little hint of acidity at the light roast points but risks some grassy tones. Medium roasts are great and contain that classic dry toasted walnut tone with a little jazzy spice note. Darker roasts turn a bit more bakers chocolate versus smoky with just a hint of a nutty accent.
An easy to roast coffee good from a strong medium roast to as dark as you want to go. Light roasts come off a little grassy and under developed but as you creep towards a medium roast you get very nice classic Colombian toasted walnut and spice tones.
Guatemalan Premium Huehue. Finca Vista Hermosa
We have been friends with the award winning Finca Vista Hermosa almost as long as we have been working in coffee. The background of the farm, the meticulous growing and processing practices, the empowerment of the workers (and their neighbors) is all top notch. The farm has been in the family for three generations and is one of the few that survived the Guatemalan revolution, not by luck, but because of how they treated their workers and the respect they have gained in the Mayan community.
Tasting Notes: A very clean and smooth cup. Lighter roasts get a very sweet and nutty tone right upfront, almost like a walnut dusted with a hint of powdered sugar. The nuttiness fades into a more traditional malty tone in the aftertaste. Floral in its aromatics but not in the cup, the acidity comes through as just a little hint of sweet lemon accentuated as the cup cools. Our preferred roast was a city + roast (medium roast) bring out much more of a smooth and defined malty tone with a hint of soft fruit, just a hint of lemony acidity. A cup we could drink all day everyday.
Roasting Notes: Easy to roast and tasty from light to dark. Lighter roasts will be a bit nutty for some but a clean enough cup to hold it well and provide a nicely balanced cup. Medium roasts are one everyone would like, smooth with a little jazz. Dark roasts get pretty potent and semi-sweet, something only dark roast fans would enjoy.
FVH is a model farm. Edwin Jr. (third generation) is renowned for his consultant work on the ground in Huehuetenango. If a new farm works with him for a couple of years, its bound to be seen on the COE winning list. Okay maybe I am talking him up a bit too much but over the 15+ years we have been working with him, we have seen it spawn so many award winning coffees and operations including another one of our favorites, Finca De Dios. All of this success is modeled after his own farm, FVH.
You can read about Finca Vista Hermosa and view more pictures here: Our Trip to Guatemala
Edwin’s farm has won the cup of excellence in previous years and also has been used by Anacafe for the perfect example of what a Huehue. can be.
The original Mayan managed farm and one of the few farms to survive the Guatemalan Revolution. Although this is a farm, if you ever went there – it is more of a village than a traditional farm like we have here. Edwin and his family have very little to do with the actual operations of the farm, its all done by the village. The Guatemalan government really does not extend out to the rural areas so it is up to Edwin and his family to help build roads, schools, doctor clinics, give housing loans and take care of any emergency that may arise – I tell you they do a fantastic job.
Mexican Terruno Nayarita Washed Gr. 1 Reserve
A lovely super fresh Reserve Grade washed processed from our good friends at Terruno Nayarita. Although they have produced some nice early season washed processed, this is the first top lot of this crop. A bit higher acidity than the last couple of offerings giving this cup a nice sparkle.
Want to know why we think Terruno Nayarita is so cool? Check out our new blog post about them.
This is a farm that holds a special place in our hearts. Gathered around an extinct volcano, Cerro San Juan, a committed group of 260 cooperative coffee farmers are working together to produce arguably the best coffee in Mexico. Terruño Nayarita coffees come from heirloom trees. The word ‘Terruño’ means ‘homestead’. These are farmers that take great pride in their coffee.
San Cristobal Coffee Importers takes great care to find and produce excellent coffee, making sure farmers use safe, sustainable shade techniques and provide a fair wage to the workers. Check out their webpage:
Every bag comes with a bar code that shows exactly where the coffee was grown. Here is an example from this lot
Always one of our favorite Mexican coffees . A little fuller bodied than most years, good sweetness and full of a floral nutty chocolaty tones. Lighter roasts add some cool floral but risk some underdeveloped notes if way light. Medium to just before 2nd crack will produce smooth defined and balanced cups. Darker roasts get edgy and strong, smoky nutty and bakers chocolate tones which some will definitely like as well
I would shoot for a nice medium roast to right before the second crack – a little bit of a rougher cup into second crack but nice chocolate notes with just a hint of a floral aspect. A bit sweeter and smoother right before the second crack but not quite as hefty of a cup.