It’s been so long since we’ve had a fresh crop coffee from Central America. We were excited when we tasted the first samples of this coffee and were reminded that Central America produces some of the cleanest, sweetest coffees available.
Guatemala Pulcal is a beautiful coffee grown in Antigua at a farm called Hacienda Carmona. The bourbon and typica cherries are cultivated between 1580 and 1890 meters, which allows for the development of the delicate and sweet flavors. After hand-picking, the cherries are washed using the traditional method with spring water from the mountains.
This farm is owned by Maria Zelaya, a third-generation farmer who continues the traditions started by her ancestors in the 1800′s. Maria not only loves her coffee plants, but also her award-winning dairy cattle, which she names after her close friends.
One of our roasters, Sean, visited this farm in 2012 after participating in the Cup of Excellence tasting. Maria’s passion for coffee became apparent by observing the meticulous care with which the coffees are cultivated, processed and prepared for export.
This delicious Guatemalan is the first of several tasty Central American crops we’ll see in the months ahead. We only expect this coffee to be around for a few weeks due to short supply and high deliciousness.
Small chapel on the Hacienda grounds
Inside the small dry mill at Hacienda Carmona
Sitting room in the Hacienda with antique pottery found on the property
Maria Zelaya’s prizewinning dairy cattle
I got a chance to visit the Yukro Cooperative this past January. The Yukro was one of our favorite coffees of 2012 because of its’ floral qualities, sweetness, and complexity. The Yukro is a coffee that you could drink and enjoy every day. Food and Wine magazine enjoyed Heart’s Yukro & included it in their top five coffees of the year. The Good Food Awards in San Francisco also chose our Yukro roast as one of their winners.
I arrived at the Coop just in time to catch the tail-end of the harvest. I met up with the treasurer Tigabu Molla and gave him a bag of our Yukro roast. The people who worked at the Yukro Coop were kind and welcoming. It was amazing to see their Coop and the wild forest where the coffee grows.
The Yukro is special and the word has spread to roasters around the globe. Their coffee is in high demand this year but their yield is lower. The good news is last we will see this beautiful coffee on our menu again this year.
Ladies of Yukro
women of Yukro sorting
I was fortunate to meet Taddase Gudina, Yukro’s chairman.
Time was spent with theses guys (Yukro coop workers). They enjoyed showing me around the washing stations and I was grateful for their hospitality.
Have you heard about Espro? This is a Canadian company that focuses on making our coffee experience even better with precise tools that help in the procedure.
At Heart, we absolutely love these. We have never really been huge fans of the French Press. The main reason being its’ gritty and muddled flavors and overall, just a poor cup of coffee. Because the mesh size filter, it allows coffee grinds to pass trough to the final cup. Some people really enjoy the silty, muddy taste of a French press. Unfortunately, if you are searching for a well-balanced cup and clean flavors, it’s impossible with the regular French Press.
A few Months ago, we heard about this company Espro. After doing a little research, we decided this could be a new beginning for our relationship with press pots. We brought this brewer on camping trips and we also used it at home to see how user friendly this product is. Wow! Finally—an easy way to brew a good cup of coffee.
Our recipe for the small press: Use 26 grams of semi coarse ground coffee
Pour 360 grams of water that is at 200-205 Fahrenheit and make sure all the grounds get wet. Now let is steep for 4 minutes. We recommend putting a small plate on top of the pot to keep the heat in. Do not stir until 4 min is up. When 4 minutes has passed, break the crust and stir in all the grounds. Press the filter to the bottom. Makes around 9oz.
Now you have made your first enjoyable “French Press” with the Espro.
We are carrying Larger Espro Presses for our wholesale accounts and will now have the small presses for sale in the café. The small presses retail for $69.
We are thrilled to announce Heart Roasters new website! Thanks to the Wilderness team (http://www.wildernessoffice.com/) for working with us to create an extension of our company that we feel showcases who we are–in a tasteful, straightforward manner. When you have a chance, check it out……
The blog has been neglected, but now that will all be changing.
You can come to the blog and see what we are up to, what coffees we have, or what new coffees we are getting in. There will be coffee information, brew guides, reviews, and anything else coffee or heart related.
We just got in two new delicious coffees, Bolivia (Familia Miranda) and a Colombia (Alfredo Rojas) this coffee is heart exclusive. More about these coffees soon, stay tuned.