Jon’s coffee special features three of our most popular coffees.
This bundle includes:
Brazil Premium FAF (Bob-O-Link) – Caconde Serra Do Cigano – Natural Processed
FAF is Fazenda Ambiental Fortaleza. One of the coolest Brazilian coffee farms on the block. They are also the guys that process and run the Bob O Link Co-op, which many of us love and have been waiting for. I had the joy of staying with them for a bit back in 2017 on my first trip to Brazil, bouncing around with our buddy Ricardo. It really is one of the best coffee farms in the world, from both a taste perspective, as well as a sustainability standpoint.
Although these are not the award winning lots FAF produces (boy are those ones expensive), these three coffees are worth every penny, basically like very fancy Bob-O-Link coffees. Higher cup scores than Bob-O-Link coffees, more diversity in flavor, more traceable, and fresh as can be. Instead of being a blend of all the farmers and operations, these are fancier single farm, or multi-family lots. A notch up from our usual Bob-O-Link Brazil offerings but produced and processed by the same folks with similar tastes.
Tasting Notes: A beautiful single-origin drinking Brazil. Clean, rich and balanced; this is a cup we are happy to drink all day long! This is the most traditional lot of the three, a bit more neutral tasting but just as clean and tasty. Hints of lemony acidity at the lighter roasts, good body with more traditional Brazilian nuttiness in the cup. Turns a bit more chocolaty and smooth as one pushes the roast into the medium to dark roast level. A nice sweet edge to the cup regardless of roast level. Still has some fruitiness in the cup, also some cool spice notes, but mild comparatively to the other two offerings.
Roasting Notes: Easy to roast, a little chaff heavy. Roasts just slightly two toned. If shooting for those wonderful light roasts, make sure everything is a little through first crack. A longer setup is not necessary, these beans present nicely even 12 hours later. After 4-5 days, loses a bit of floral/fruity factors but the cup will be richer and smoother.
Guatemalan Premium Huehuetenango – Finca Aguas Altas
New Crop! The Mendez family produces some fantastic offerings. Good buddies with Edwin from FVH and direct neighbors to him, we have loved some of the other family members coffee before in previous crops but this is our first lot direct from Gabino Mendez, who owns and operated Finca Aguas Altas.
The Mendez family works an entire mountainside in remote Northwest Huehuetenango. While working in coffee alongside family members is not rare in Guatemala, the depth of collaboration and transparency with which they partner is remarkable. Year after year, they share successes and misses, working together to make each other’s lots thrive. They operate like a co-op, each member making their contributions.
Of the three, Gabino is focused most on quality improvements, so he travels to Guatemala City to take courses at Anacafe, learning about innovations in varieties and processing. Recently, he implemented his learning by lengthening the washing channels on their central wet mill to improve processing, and this year’s crop showcases brighter, crisper profiles as a result. Another example is shade: Gabino utilizes mostly Chalum shade, as Gravilea trees make the soil more acidic. Chalum leaves biodegrade four times faster than Gravilea leaves, and he and his sons are monitoring the longer-term soil impacts as a result. Francisco Florencio supports his uncles with the water from his ground springs, and Gilberto makes structural improvements around the farm. Gabino’s sons have also studied soil science, and support with soil analysis and fertilizer on each lot. The result is that each lot improves significantly and all family members benefit.
Tasting Notes: A great cup of Guatemalan coffee! Medium to low acidity with a sweet edge. Good from light to dark.
Lighter roasts show off the more winy floral acidity and aromatics that will comingle with a malty & herbal undertones, a little longer setup will help the more herbal spice blossom into more complex nutty/caramel like notes.
Medium roasts, our favorite roast point, have a nice sweet edge upfront; medium bodied, lower acidity, retains some floral aromatics but loses the crisper tones in taste. Balanced with clean and defined malty darker tones with a little spice, hints of fruitiness as the cup cools.
The beans hold a dark roast very nicely, touching 2nd crack did not introduce too much smoky or roasty tones, still sweet and much stronger, a touch of winy floral mixing with darker chocolate and malt.
Roasting Notes: A nice medium roasts presents this cup at its best – lighter roasts give a bit more crispness but lacked darker tone balance. Medium roasts have the best balance and will make anyone happy. Dark roasts will get a bit stronger without being a roasty smoke bomb, classic & clean tasting dark roasts.
Rwanda Dukunde Kawa Musasa FT – Washed Ruli Mountain Bourbon
New 2022 Crop!
Finally the Musasa project started separating out Ruli coffee, in the past Ruli coffee has always been a notch above the rest in my book – some of my favorite lots of Rwanda have been from Ruli.
Rwanda FT Dukunde Kawa Musasa Ruli is sourced from family owned farms organized around the Musasa mill located near a gorilla habitat in the Gakenke district of Rwanda. Farmer plots are so small that measurements are based on the numbers of trees, not area of land.
Farmers who process their coffee at the Musasa mill are members of the Dukunde Kawa Cooperative, which started in 2000 with enough funds to build one wet mill. In the following years, the Dukunde Kawa Cooperative has built three more wet mills and completed construction of their own dry mill. More than 80 percent of the cooperative workforce is women, and producer-members have used earnings to improve their standards of living with investments in livestock, access to healthcare, and programs to protect the environment.
Medium to full bodied, very clean and chocolaty with some nice fruity overtones. Lighter roasts will have a little citrus and floral aspect and more of a noticeable soft fruit tone, hints of a chocolaty spice factor. Good cup for lighter roast fans. Medium roasts get great balance and should work nicely for all taste buds, smoother with more pronounced sweet edged dark tones, lower acidity. Even at a strong medium roast one starts getting chocolate versus fruit. On the stronger side once you get close or hit second crack, much more semi-sweet spicy chocolaty tones with smoky accents.
Good at almost any roast, would start where you personally tend to enjoy coffees, a medium roast is great if unknown. Easy to roast, even roasting with medium to low chaff.