CHOCOLATE, LEMON, WINEY
The process of applying heat to green coffee beans to transform it’s chemical & physical properties, resulting in roasted coffee beans that can be brewed.
We approached this selection with our #3 Balanced Profile, in order to showcase the beans’ diverse chocolate, lemon and winey notes, and to add a little body to the cup.
Similar to Napa Valley or Burgundy for wine, the region where a coffee is grown can tell us a lot about the coffee.
Located in Southwest Honduras, La Paz is a mountainous region that’s thick with vegetation. The rich soil, plentiful rainfall, high elevations and varied vegetation make this area well-suited for growing coffee.
The farm & mill where the coffee cherry is grown & processed.
COOPERATIVA REGIONAL MIXTA DE AGRICULTORES ORGÁNICOS DE SIERRA LIMITADA
The Cooperativa Regional Mixta de Agricultores Orgánicos de Sierra Limitada (Co-op RAOS) is a group of 250 small coffee farmers. Each of these farmers grows their own coffee, and then brings it to RAOS’ centrally located processing station. At the station, there are facilities for wet or dry processing.
The method by which the green coffee bean is removed from the fruit & then dried & stored can affect the taste of the coffee.
WET PROCESSED (WASHED)
This selection is fully washed, or wet processed. In wet processing, beans are only dried after all the fruit on the bean has been completely removed. (Letting the fruit ferment first makes removing it easy.) This processing method:
- Is the most common method used for coffee
- Generally creates clean flavors
- Produces a consistent profile
Most wine drinkers know whether they prefer a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Merlot. Similarly, the Arabica coffee plant has several botanical varieties, each with unique taste characteristics.
TYPICA, BOURBON, CATURRA AND CATUAI
Four coffee varietals make up this lot:
- Typica, which is one of the first two coffee varietals
- Bourbon, which is the other of the first two coffee varietals
- Catuai, which is a hybrid of Mundo Novo and Caturra
- Caturra, which is known for producing quality coffee at high elevations