After the passing of Don Gerson’s parents, he took over Finca San Rafael and processed all of his coffees as washed lots. In 2019, the specialty industry piqued his interest, and entered a couple of lots into the Cup of Excellence (COE). To his surprise, he won 19th place that year and was subsequently awarded an export license alongside these exquisite lots.
With the surprise of producing a coffee that entered, and placed, in the COE, Don Gerson’s interest grew in wanting to produce high-scoring coffees, and began to experiment with different processing methods.
That’s where Los Pinos and La Moñtana come along. Since 2019, each year he’s processed this coffee in different methods including washed, anaerobic, and natural. After years worth of fine-tuning and cupping feedback from Anacafe, Don Gerson found that his natural processing methods always seem to perform the best.
We’re excited to offer you this coffee, coming from a person who has placed much love, passion, and eagerness to learn in these lots. Don Gerson feels like he’s reaching an accomplishment knowing that these lots are finally going to relationship conscious roasters and coffee drinkers who care.
(P.S. Buying these coffees might come with a requirement….to visit Hoja Blanca, Huehue with us!)
A Note from Nick Yost, our founder: We firmly believe that transparency in the coffee industry is of utmost importance, even though it is inherently complex. Our mission is to provide a candid account of the various factors involved in the production and preparation of this coffee, spanning from the farm to your cup. Furthermore, we aim to actively contribute to fostering open communication among the individuals who play a role in bringing this coffee to life. Nurturing this cycle of communication is crucial for advancing our industry, ensuring fair compensation for producers, and continuing to bring you better and better coffees each year. While this report may not cover every detail comprehensively, it is meant to initiate more profound discussions with you. If you have any inquiries, please don’t hesitate to contact me at [email protected]. – Nick
Los Pinos / Guatemala 2023
Green Coffee Cost: $7.55 usd/lb
Green coffee cost is the price that we paid, per pound, for this coffee. This coffee was purchased from Steven with the help of Crop to Cup Importers, to whom we paid $.40 for logistics and shipping the coffees from Kenya to the USA.
Production Cost: $6.73 usd/lb
These production costs are basically what it costs us to provide this coffee to you. This includes our utilities, labor, packaging, quality control, licenses, taxes, shipping the coffee from warehouse to our roastery and shrinkage (when we roast coffee, it loses about 10-15% of its weight).
Length of Relationship: 1 year
We have been purchasing coffees from Don Gerson since 2023 – and we are eagerly awaiting our chance to visit him for the first time in early 2024 when we visit our farmer friends in Guatemala!
Bourbon & Caturra
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