CPN | Colombia, Papua New Guinea & Nicaragua
Extra Bold Profile | Dark roast
Tasting Notes: Bergamot, Smoked Caramel, Fudge
IT ALL STARTS AT THE COFFEE FARM
The Extra Bold profile this month is a blend of three spectacular coffees. There's the Finca Un Regalo de Dios from Nicaragua, grown by Luis Alberto Baladerez, a coffee grown by La Victoria cooperative high up on the slopes of the Huila volcano, and lastly, another cooperative-grown coffee, the 249-member Korofeigu coop from Papua New Guinea.
From the foothills of the Nevado del Huila volcano, this coffee was grown, harvested and processed by the La Victoria cooperative. The 50 members of La Victoria have been producing high quality coffee for generations, but were closed off from the rest of Colombia for decades because of guerilla presence in the region, as well as the difficulty in reaching the area on narrow, unpaved access roads. Luckily, our importer partners at Coffee Quest became acquainted a few years ago through their president, Andrés Perdomo.
So much work and tasting goes into approving each farmer's coffee to be included in this lot! Coffee Quest shared with us the steps the go through to approve each coffee for purchase: First off, they always ask that farmers first bring samples to evaluate, to ensure not only cup quality, but also that the coffees meet their strict physical requirements (proper moisture content and water activity are two examples). Upon approving the sample, they ask the farmer to bring all of the coffee down to the warehouse, whereby they then take a sample from every single sack, and evaluate it again to ensure the quality of the lot is equal to that of the sample.
Papua New Guinea:
The coffee from PNG was grown by members of the Korofeigu farmer group in the Ungai-Bena District of the Eastern Highlands Province. The cooperative consists of 249 members growing arusha and bourbon varietals on a total area of 220 hectares (543 acres). The coffee is cultivated in the valley and stretches into the mountainous area of the Bena region, reaching up to 1800 meters (almost 6000 feet).
Finca Un Regalo de Dios is owned and operated by Luis Alberto Baladerez and his family. The farm is located in the Dipilto-Jalapa mountain range in the North of the department of Nueva Segovia in Nicaragua. In total, the farm is 179 acres, with around 130 acres planted in coffee.
Sr. Baladerez is no stranger to producing exceptional coffees. This year, he received 6th place in the Cup of Excellence, a national coffee competition. He also won 1st place in 2020, 1st and 5th place in 2018, as well as 3rd and 13th place in 2017. For more information about his processes and coffees, Stephen Levene from our importer partner Coffee Quest shared some video clips that help to highlight how special this producer and his coffees are:
Colombia, Papua New Guinea & Nicaragua
La Victoria Cooperative, Korofeigu Cooperative & Luis Alberto Baladerez
Huila, Eastern Highlands & Nueva Segovia
Typica, Caturra, Arusha, Bourbon & Pacamara
Washed & Natural
1350 - 1800 meters
Coffee Quest & Interamerican
DID YOU KNOW
The first recorded coffee blend was Mocha Java, dating back to the 1600s. The word "mocha" doesn't mean that the blend tastes like chocolate - it actually refers to the port of Moka in Yemen, where unroasted African coffees were loaded onto ships to eventually be brought to Europe to be roasted. On the way there, ships regularly stopped at the island of Java in Indonesia to pick up more coffee: that coffee was mixed together with the African coffees already on board, and were then sold as one coffee blend. Nowadays, though the spelling has changed, roaster still choose a fruitier African coffee to blend with a more earthy coffee from Indonesia, and name that blend Mocha Java.
Price paid by Driftaway
Fair Trade price per pound
Coffee C-Market price per pound
Driftaway's World Coffee Research contribution per pound
The Colombia Huila coffee travelled 3,620 miles, the Papua New Guinea Eastern Highlands travelled 2,638 miles and the Nicaragua Nueva Segovia travelled 9,097 miles to the Driftaway Coffee roastery in Queens.
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WHY DID WE SELECT THESE COFFEES FOR THE BLEND?
This blend has tons of sweetness, body and alluring aromas. It’s the first blend where we roast the coffees separately and then blend them together after roasting. These three coffees taste great together, but they don't roast well together: the beans are different sizes and were processed differently, so they have to each have a tailor-made roast profile to bring out their role in the blend.
AVERAGE CUPPING SCORE
SCAA Cupping Score
18 x 70 k, 59 k, 70 k
Length of producer relationship
100% (in 2022)
Transparent coffees purchased
HOW DID WE ROAST THIS COFFEE?
This coffee is being roasted by Ian T. from 27th February to 23rd March in Brooklyn. We use the Loring Kestrel roaster for this profile. 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 once a week from home as per our Covid-19 shelter in place guidelines. Each cupping is conducted by our roasting staff Kieran D. and Ian T. using standard equipment, and is logged by our Q-certified cupper Ian T. All coffees are evaluated on a scoring scale of 0 to 3.
- 3.0 = exceptional roast - exceeds expectations
- 2.5 = on par with profile - matches expectations
- 2.0 = good roast, but 1 or 2 elements could be improved - needs improvement
- 1.5 or lower = failed - do not ship
AT YOUR HOME
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.