|PRODUCER||Salvador Melgar and Marielisa Hernandez||PLANT VARIETY
||Pache, Caturra, Catuai, and Maragogype||C MARKET AT POSSESSION||$2.27/lb|
||Spring 2022||COST OF PRODUCTION||$4.25/lb|
|FARM SIZE||29.4 hectares||PROCESS
|REGION, GEOGRAPHY||El Progreso, Oriente||EXPORTER
|ELEVATION||1432-1645masl||IMPORTER||TerraNegra Coffee Imports||COST OF PRODUCTION PREMIUM||$0.29/lb|
RELATIONSHIP TO JUNIORS
This coffee is Cost of Production Covered (CoPC)! This is the seventh harvest Junior’s has purchased from Peña Blanca, and TerraNegra Coffee Imports was instrumental in building this partnership. Ana Cristina (Cristy) Guirola, owner of TerraNegra, is dedicated to facilitating transparency in the supply stream. What's more, she imports spectacular quality coffees. It was right around the time that Cristy introduced us to Sal and Marielisa's coffee back in 2016 that we first discussed the CoPC Project. In fact, Peña Blanca's coffee is the first coffee that Junior’s ever bought from Cristy. This year, Sal and Marielisa put together a cost of production spreadsheet, and we're currently calibrating our cost of production calculations for next harvest. With the pandemic and inflation, costs this year were exceptionally high. Sal and Marielisa have been preparing for higher yields by renovating and planting, and planting, and planting. Future higher yields will help with production costs. We have much respect for the business(es!) that Sal and Marielisa run, and find much kinship in the fact that we are also a couple running a business together.
HOW WE BREW COFFEE
There are countless influential variables and industry professionals that influence the quality of coffee before it reaches the coffee cup, and the last step to reap the benefits of this tremendous work takes place when it’s brewed.
Before talking about how this coffee brews best, let’s review some brewing basics:
Dose is the amount of coffee we use (measured in grams). If you don’t have access to a digital scale, know that 1 tablespoon is equivalent to 6-8 grams of wholebean coffee.
Water Input is the weight of the water we use (measured in grams) to brew with.
* We suggest a coffee to brew water ratio of 1:16 to 1:17 for filter coffee. For example, if you’re using 15g of coffee and 250g water, your brew ratio is 1:16.67.
Burr grinders will give you a more consistent Grind Size, and you’ll be able to repeat the same grind size twice. It’s best to grind your coffee right before brewing, because grinding your coffee too far in advance accelerates the aging process of your roasted coffee. Remember that the finer you grind, the more you extract.
Brew Time is the amount of time the water and coffee interact together. The longer you brew something for, the more you extract.
We recommend Brew Water Temperature between 200°F and 205°F. If you are using a kettle on the stove, bring the water to a boil and wait 30-45 seconds off boil before using the water to brew. The hotter your brewing water is, the faster you can extract coffee.
HOW WE BREW THIS COFFEE
Brew Ratio: We brew this coffee with a 1:16.67-1:17 brew ratio.
Grind: We grind this coffee on a 6.5 for flat bottom filter, as it requires a finer grind for proper extraction.
Total Brew Time: We brew this coffee with a brew time of 4:30 for Chemex, and 4-6 minutes for batch brewed coffee.
Notes: This coffee is not as soluble as your average Guatemalan coffee, so adjust your extraction variables accordingly. For example, longer total brew times, finer grinds, and using less coffee will extract more. .