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Impressions: apple, pecan pie, nougat, orange marmelade
Roast degree: 2.5/5
Region: Guaspololo, La Paz
Farm: El Plan
Farmer: Jose Ebis
Partner importer: Semilla
Jose has been working on the farm that he inherited in 2002 and started harvesting in 2005. It was not easy to start farming coffee: from 2005 to about 2 years ago, he was selling coffee on the local market for extremely low prices. This is the tale of so many farmers across the world.
But after some training and lesson learned in 2020, he realized that his farm had a lot of potential and started to prepare coffee for export on the specialty market. This is only his second year exporting and the first time he exports a micro lot, and we are extremely impressed by how clean and balanced this coffee is.
Guaspololo is one of of the four hamlets that Semilla buys from.
The IH90 variety, a hybrid of timor and caturra, is a high yielding plant that has lots of potential taste wise when properly handled, and Jose and his family did a stunning job.
You can also find this coffee in our darkest roast, the Round the Clock espresso.
We love to use the same coffee with different roast profiles as it allow us to buy more bags. In this case, it allowed us to buy the full micro-lot from Jose.
This coffee is a great everyday, all around coffee. A light-medium roast that fairs well in both espresso and filter. Also good with or without milk.
The intense sweetness gave us the impression of eating a pecan apple pie. Full bodied and lingering, it's the perfect way to wake up.
The coffee is also very well rounded, and the orange like acidity (more like marmelade) complement the sweetness very well.
If you don't want a roast that is too dark, but still like approachable, low acidity coffee, this is for you!
|Espresso||16-20 g||2.1:1||28-32 sec|
|Espresso with milk||16-20 g||1.9:1||32-34 sec|
|Americano||16-20 g||2.2:1||26-30 sec|
|18-32 g||16:1||3:00-3:30 min|
Chemex & Batch Brew
|40-60 g||16:1||4:30-5:45 min|
|18-25 g||15:1||3:45 min steep time|
Farmer: Jose Ebis
Farm: El Plan
Price we paid Semilla for the landed coffee in our Montreal warehouse: 5.60USD/lb (+0.30$lb in shipping)
FOB price: 3.75USD/lb
This is the price up to when the coffee is safely in a container, ready for export. Freight cost, insurance and financing not included in that price.
Farmgate price: 7000 Lempira / quintal (100lbs) of green coffee. This translate to around $3USD/lb in Jose's pocket. This is way higher than the average local price and higher than what the average specialty import company would pay.
An interesting note about buying coffee in parchment is that some beans, due to size or defect, don't make it in the final lot (around 5-10%). Agreeing on the price of the coffee after milling is done not only gives the farmer more transparecy, but he also has the option to take the smaller (and defective) beans back to sell those on the local market for extra income.
Coffee farming is no easy enterprise. It's mostly exploitative and so many farmers don't get to export their delicious crop and are often forced to sell on the local market for very little.
Jose is one of those who decided to stick to farming despite the challenges. Migration is a huge problem in Honduras, with people abandoning their crops and families being separated in the hopes of a better future in the city or abroad.
Paying higher prices for coffee can literally help families stay together and help them see a viable future in their home country.
Semilla paid 15% more than last year in those unprecedented times where production was down by as much as 50%, and some costs like fertilizers up by 300%.
The commodity price was at a high point during last harvest, and local buyers (who are often offering little money) started offering staggeringly high price to some farmers in the Semilla network, prices that Semilla was unlikely to match.
Thankfully, all these producers see the value in a long term relationship that pays well, and held on to their coffee rather than see it swept away for a single purchase without any guarantees.
Many growers said: ''they (the local buyers) are here now, but where were they in the past?
Farmers need to get paid more for their crop, that is a fact. But they also need stability and steady buyer, something that we, just like Semilla, are trying to incorporate in every facet of our green buying operation.