We are happy to announce our newest Direct Trade partnership with Juan Yurja in Bolivia. When we were first introduced to this farm in 2011, it was an interesting coincedence. There was a micro-lot that had been originally prepared for the Bolivia Cup of Excellence, and the competition had been cancelled last year. We were in the right place, at the right time to buy it in 2011. We haven’t had many coffees from Bolivia in the past, but the quality of that micro-lot stood out.
We visited Bolivia in Septmeber, to meet Juan and evaluate their harvest. Over the course of the year, we had been developing a closer relationship with this farm. In all, we will have four different lots from Bolivia. Two of these lots will be available in the next couple of weeks.
Guatemala Finca El Socorro Bourbon Micro-lot
Finca El Socorro, owned by Juan Diego de la Cerda and his family, has proven itself to be one of the best coffee farms in Guatemala. In 2011, the Maracaturra variety from El Socorro won 1st place in the 2011 Guatemala Cup of Excellence. It took 1st place in the same competition in 2007. In 2011, Juan Diego was rewarded again, finishing in the top 5 of the Coffee of the Year competition. Such consistent results made us jump at the chance to try this great coffee.
On our recent visit, we watched as Juan Diego coached the pickers on proper cherry selection and constantly tweaked things in the mill to make sure the pulpers were running at peak efficiency and fermentation times were accurate. Drying at this altitude requires a non-stop attention to detail as the process is slow and even a small rain can damage the already processed parchment. Each night the parchment is swept up and covered to protect it from any rains that may occur. Quality is the highest priority for everyone at Finca El Socorro and thats why we love working with Juan Diego, his family and the staff, at Finca El Socorro.
Their Bourbon Micro-lot opens up with a rich, sweet aroma of caramel and maple syrup. The cup features a creamy body with notes of honey, vanilla and bakers chocolate. A high-toned citrus sweetness comes out in the cup, hinting at notes of apricot as the cup cools.
March was an exciting month at Finca Las Mercedes. A separate lot on their farm, La Avila, has won the “El Salvador” 2012 Coffee of the Year competition. This is the exact coffee that PT’s Coffee Roasting Co. will be offering later this year.
As we await the arrival of La Avila, we have a couple of micro-lots from Finca Las Mercedes that will be available in the coming months. The first of which, is the El Rubi Honey. El Rubi is a very bright and juicy espresso featuring notes of bing cherry and a deep cocoa finish. As a starting point for extraction, we use a 21 gram dose with a 29 second extraction time, to yield two one ounce shots.
The Aristar Agrario Geisha from Finca La Valentina won the 2011 SCAP Best of Panama Competition. We will have our final roast of this coffee on April 9th. We are offering Finca La Valentina Aristar Agrario at a special price for a limited time.