A select group of individual producers in the municipalities of San Juan del Río Coco and Telpaneca with the same focus on quality and environmental responsibility needed help finding an international market. So they established COOPCAFE in 2016 with 88 producers. Through the cooperative members have been able to earn organic certification and build needed infrastructure like a central warehouse.
COOPCAFE collaborates with the Paguaga family for dry-milling services at Santa Lucila. The Paguaga family has their own award-winning coffee and vast experience preparing coffee for export. Santa Lucila has a cupping lab to help the cooperative with quality control before export. The result is a traceable community blend with a vibrant regional profile.
Tasting Notes: A very easy drinking super fresh coffee. Lighter roasts show slight hints of lemony floral brightness with a little sweeter edge, balanced with a bit dryer malty undertone. A clean cup with nice complexity, soft enough acidity to be an easy to drink daily coffee. Medium roasts reduced the acidity but retained a little floral tone, body (thickness) increased nicely and the cup lost its more delicate sweeter edge, replaced it with a complex strong malty tone with some smoky accents, still very smooth before 2nd crack, stronger smokier and edgier into 2nd crack.
Roasting Notes: Great cup from light to dark. Being an aggregate coffee, it roasts a little two toned but the differential is small, will cause no issues in any roaster, just something to expect. Lighter roasting make sure all the beans are through first crack, recommended to develop the roast at least a shade past first crack for light roasts or risk small hints of a grassy tone. Medium to low chaff.