PROFILE#2: Classic | Medium roast
TASTING NOTES: Chocolate, Malt, Toast
Sep 15 to Oct 6 2019
1 to 4 days after roasting
Within 24 hours from roasting
1-4 days from shipping
Finca Los Angeles is on the west side of the village of Hoja Blanca, Mexico almost visible down the valley to the northwest. Rising from 1525 to 1800 masl, Arturo’s lots exist on two sides of a sheer ridge line.
The land is managed by Arturo’s son Vielmann Vides Villatoro Castillo, an enthusiastic farmer. For eleven years he lived in Los Angeles, and he loves to talk about his experience picking fruit there. He decided after a decade it was time to return to Cuilco to be with his father, and to care for the farm. Soon after returning, Vielmann was married and bought more land to grow coffee. He built more drying patios and worker housing. Along with his wife and three siblings, the family looks forward to leaving the land and legacy to their beloved children to continue.
Arturo & Vielmann Castillo
Hoja Blanca, Cuilco, Huehuetenango
Anacafé (Asociación Nacional del Café), established in 1960, serves as a national coffee association, representing all coffee producers in Guatemala.
Price paid by Driftaway (per pound avg. across Sept / Oct 2019 coffees)
This is the average price Driftaway paid to the coffee importer for the four coffees in this month. We present the average it as the selling price is the same for all four coffees.
While not exactly FOB price, this is usually $0.50 to $1.00 more than FOB to account for transportation and export costs.
Fair Trade price per pound
Price set by Fair Trade International – page 8, row 10 – https://files.fairtrade.net/standards/2019-08-21_Fairtrade_Minimum_Price_and_Premium_Table_EN_PUBLIC.pdf
Coffee C-Market price per pound
Coffee Commodities market price – https://www.theice.com/products/15/Coffee-C-Futures/data?marketId=5460931&span=1
Driftaway’s World Coffee Research contribution per pound
Driftaway contribution to the World Coffee Research organization – learn more at https://worldcoffeeresearch.org
This coffee travelled 2,056 miles to the Driftaway Coffee roastery in Brooklyn.
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We received this sample from Onyx Coffee who do a lot of work with Guatemalan coffee. In all honesty, it has been challenging to find Guatemalan coffees up to par in our taste profile for the past 2 seasons. We are glad to have found this one working with Onyx.
We first tasted this coffee in July and after working through a couple of logistical issues, we were able to slot it in to the fall season this year.
SCAA Cupping Score
Length of producer relationship
Transparent coffees purchased
Lead Roaster & Green Coffee Buyer
“It seems that this year, for us, is the year of Huehuetenango. We have had no less than three Guatemalan coffees from this region which were all great and this one is no exception. It has complex malted grain and nutty flavors which are clean and distinct while also very sweet and creamy textured. As a medium roast this coffee is perfect and extra sweet.”
This coffee is being roasted by Dave H. from Sep 15 to Oct 6th, 2019 at Pulley Collective in Red Hook, Brooklyn. We typically use the Loring S35 Kestrel roaster for this profile – this roaster roasts the beans through convection (heated air) roasting. We have strict guidelines for each of the coffee profiles, and this roast has to pass the development time ratio test as measured in real-time by the roasting software, Cropster. Once it does, it is approved for production.
We perform Quality Control via a process of coffee tasting called cupping on all of our production roasts twice a week at our facility in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Cupping is attended by Q-certified cupper Ian T., roaster Dave H.and founder Suyog M. All coffees are evaluated on a scoring scale of 0 to 3.
Less than 24 hours after roasting, we bag your coffee in our production facility in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Our production team is led by Natalie and Jill, and supported by a rotating cast of local artists, musicians and independent professionals.
Brew this coffee with your favorite home brewer and enjoy the taste of incredible coffee! Here are a few tips on how to make the best coffee on each brewer.
View other posts about how to make better coffee at home on our blog Coffeecademy.
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