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This is the first coffee from Ecuador we've had in years! If that weren't exciting enough, this coffee is also unique for it's processing method: mixed fermentation. It's a semi-washed method like honey processed that strikes a balance between fully washed and natural coffees. We really enjoyed this cup for it's moderate acidity, big body, sweetness and complexity.
Arrival Date: March 12th, 2021
Acidity & Brightness: Moderately low acidity, sweet
Balance & Finish: Slightly complex, lingering sweet finish
Body & Texture: Full bodied, creamy texture
Flavor Traits: Dark cherry, cocoa powder, cola
Grade: SHG (Strictly high Grown) very dense, grown at 822-2000 masl
Processing: Mixed Fermentation (semi-washed): Ripe cherries floated and then fermented whole for 90-94 hours prior to pulping and fermenting again in parchment underwater for 10-12 hours, then fully washed and dried on raised beds for 18 days.
Variety: Caturra, Catucai and Typica
Roasting: Start with a Full City (Medium), or just before the second crack. This coffee roasts very evenly. This is another coffee that's fun to experiment with across a range of roast profiles. The flavor changes--more sweetness and fruity notes in light-medium roasts and the chocolate tones pick up and become increasingly darker chocolate as your roast progresses. We'd suggest avoiding roasts going more than a couple seconds into second crack though.
Reminder: This is raw coffee. You have to roast it before brewing.
Our Review: "Have you ever paused to think about all of the amazing origin countries that the equator passes through? The most obvious, Ecuador, might not be the first to come to mind. Ecuador is one of the more elusive origins, likely the result of a high cost of production, which makes it more difficult to compete in a global market. Diversification has been the key to competing for the Asociación de Pequeños Exportadores Agropecuarios Orgánicos del Sur de la Amazonía Ecuatoriana (APEOSAE), which has 180 members. Through APEOSAE, members have established organic farm management practices and organic certification for all of these products including coffee. Focus on quality has also been recognized with a fourth place finish in the 2018 Gold Cup coffee competitions. The harvest starts with meticulous hand picked cherries that are washed and floated to remove less dense and damaged beans. Next the coffee is depulped, fermented, washed and gently dried on raised beds at the farm. The finished parchment is then transported to the central APEOSAE warehouse and stored in grainpro bags until it is time to mill and export. APEOSAE has its own dry mill, which allows for the same meticulous sorting through all the stages of post harvest processing." -Royal Coffee
I can't tell you how excited I was to receive our first coffee from Ecuador in many years, especially since it's such a high quality green! This coffee is even more unique due to it's semi-washed nature. It goes through a mixed fermentation process, though keep in mind that all coffees that aren't fully washed have received some degree of fermentation. This producer's very exacting 2 step process goes like this: Ripe cherries are floated and then fermented whole for 90-94 hours prior to pulping and fermenting again in parchment underwater for 10-12 hours, then fully washed and dried on raised beds for 18 days. What results is a coffee with lower acidity and more flavor complexity! It's also got quite a big body and a delightfully creamy texture with notes of dark cherry, cocoa powder and cola.
If you are unsatisfied with your green coffee purchase, we will issue you a refund in the form of an in-store credit. Since coffee is a food item, we can't take it back once it leaves our control. We will work closely with you to insure you get the quality you expected at a price that is fair. This offer is good for 30 days from the date of shipment. We will faithfully adhere to this policy for every customer, unless that customer is repeatedly abusing it. We withold the right to deny refunds, in rare cases, where a customer is repeatedly ordering coffee and then asking for a refund.
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The Gene Cafe and Behmor 1600 Plus are covered by a 1 year warranty from the manufacturer. The Fresh Roast SR-300 and SR-500 come with a 1 year warranty on the base unit and a 6 month warranty on the chaff collector, top cap and basket. Since the roasters are UL certified, the manufacturers ask that we refer all warranty issues directly to them. Although we do not directly provide repair service, we'll help you through the process to get your roaster back up and running. Should you return an unused roaster to us, we will refund your purchase minus the original shipping cost. Once you've used your roaster, we really can't take it back.
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