Ecuador Organic Guatenay Microlot

Ecuador Organic Guatenay Microlot

Farm Description

A couple years ago we started to work more with small producers in the Espindola area of Ecuador, near the border with Peru. The area has fantastic coffee potential, but the prices for coffee have been so low historically that many small producers have simply given up on coffee. For those who continue, producing a rough form of natural dry-process coffee they call "bolla" locally has been an option. Unripe and ripe coffee is picked together, and the market price the bolla fetches barely makes harvesting worth the effort. But working with a local cooperative, ProcafeQ, we now have the opportunity to identify special microlots and buy carefully produced wet-process lots, or to build a blend from lots too small to export (the case with this lot). This has opened up new possibilities for us, and this is our 3rd year with the Ecuador program. The Espindola lots were from producers who had distinctive coffees but were too small to export, some less than a single bag. So we combined the best to form the Espindola region lot. Like the other coffees in the area, the plants are old Typica and you can see this in the elongated bean form of the green coffee.

This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.

Cupping Notes

This Guatenay micro-lot is not a super complex coffee, more straight-forward and with "classic" restraint.The dry fragrance has something I would call "toasted almond granola" character. In the wet aroma, caramel dominates, with milk chocolate and almond is dominate in the roast notes once again. The cup is marked by a caramelized sugar sweetness evident in the aromatics, accented with vanilla. There is a hint of tangerine, apple, lemon zest (turning more toward lemon grass as it cools). The mouthfeel is silky and the body fairly light. I think it expresses the Typica cultivar flavor well. I remember fondly the same flavor profile from a Mexico Oaxaca coffee and some of the highest-grown Kona coffees, also pure Typica types. I really like the SO espresso I made from this coffee as well.



Lot Size

6.5 X 69kg Bags

Roast Recommendations

City to Full City is recommended. I preferred City+ roast overall.


Wet Process



Grade & Appearance

.2 d/300gr, 17-19 Screen


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Producer Group

Dry Mill, Loja

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#1 lots of caramel, vanilla,

lots of caramel, vanilla, honey. in a word, SWEET. Sweet all day, and balanced. The real treat is the subtle floral thread that's woven throughout. It gives it a liveliness all through into the finish. City+ and Full City roasts are sure to be crowd pleasers. Not a showy coffee, just the kind of cup that everyone will enjoy for its balance and sweetness.

#2 Had this coffee on the table

Had this coffee on the table with the El Salv Majahual Tempisque. Really pleased by the still very lively Tempisque, and this coffee had the most focused cherry-like acidity that I've had from this cup that's loaded with sweetness and some beautiful floral characteristics, but had not had that clear tone cherry note until today. This super versatile coffee really keeps impressing me.

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