This blend is 60% COOPROCAFEES La Orquidea, Colombia & 40% Asociación San Martin , Peru

About the farmers


COOPROCAFEES LA ORQUIDEA was formed at the end of 2021 in the town of La Orquidea. Initially 10 families joined the cooperative, this has now grown to 56. The co-op was formed to get better access to markets giving them better prices. Members help each other out with better farming practises to increase productivity & quality.

  • region Tolima. Planadas
  • farm/farmer Small-holder
  • altitude 1500 - 1800 meters
  • crop 2023
  • cultivar Castillo, V. Colombia
  • process Washed

Ths lot is a blend of Castillo & Variedad Colombia. Castillo, developed by CENICAFE [the Colombian coffee research facility] & released in 2005. It was bred from Caturra & Hybrido de Timor. It is highly resistant to disease & is now the most planted cultivar in Colombia. Variedad Colombia was bred from Catimor in 1985 it is highly resistant to disease & has good productivity.

Asociación San Martin — Peru

.Asociación Agroexportadora de la San Martin was founded in 2017. The co-op has 643 members. Their mission is to improve the quality of the farmers lives. This is done with technical assistance to improve farming practises, marketing their coffee & recovering & preserving the ecosystem.

  • region Moyobamba, San Martin
  • farm/farmer Small-holder farmers
  • altitude 1100-1760 meters
  • crop 2023
  • cultivar Typica, Pache, Costa Rica 95, Castillo
  • process Washed

Typica is the oldest cultivar of Coffea Arabica & the parent of many modern coffee varieties. It can grow up to 5 meters in height. Typica is not particularly productive. Caturra is a mutation of Bourbon discovered in Brasil in 1937. The plant is a dwarf allowing it to be planted close together resulting in more production per hectare. Caturra has good flavour characteristics but is susceptible to disease.

Pache is a mutation of Bourbon discovered in Guatemala.

Costa Rica 95 is a compact plant with high producyion that was developed to grow at in a hot tropical climate with acidic soils.

Castillo was developed by CENICAFE {the Colombian coffee research facility} & released in 2005. It was bred from Caturra & Hybrido de Timor. It is highly resistant to disease & is now the most planted cultivar in Colombia.

Brew guide

Try this brew recipe as a starting point:

  1. Black

    • dose 18g
    • Brew weight 40g
    • Brew time 25–35 seconds
  2. White

    • dose 18g
    • Brew weight 22–27g
    • Brew time 28 seconds

To develop our blend we start with fresh coffee samples. We roast them in our 20's Probat sample roaster then line them up on the cupping table, We look for coffee that has a good deal of natural sweetness, We may find tropical fruit note in a Colombian, citrus in a Burundi or dark fruity chocolate & creamy body in a Brasil. When the coffee lands we work out a suitable roasting profile, then roast fresh every day, Monday to Friday. We find our espresso best from the 5th day to 2 weeks after roasting so buy little & buy often.

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