719 is Bean Capital's second coffee, added to our range in July 2019. Another ShareTrade single origin, it is grown by José and Luz in Colombia and roasted by Elizabeth at Chimney Fire Coffee in Surrey. We believe it will become a firm favourite once you have tried it!
With our partners, we bring you this coffee sourced through a new initiative that goes deeper than providing just a ‘fair price’. The ShareTrade model enables farmers to manage their farm as a proper business with access to investment and professional advice to ensure that the farm is capable of becoming economically and environmentally sustainable, and not just a subsistence operation. José and Luz receive $2.70 per lb compared to a market price of $1.24.
FARM LOCATION | BOLIVIA BORATAVIA, GUACAMAYA, CHINCHINA, CALDAS, COLOMBIA
SPECIES | ARABICA
PROCESS | WASHED
VARIETALS | CASTILLO, CATURRA, COLOMBIA
ALTITUDE | 1700 MASL
PROFILE | PLUM, SUGAR CANE, LEMON
José and Luz are 53 and 50 respectively, and have 2 children, Gladys and José (Jr). They have 30 years experience as coffee farmers, but were displaced from their original farm by guerrillas during Colombia's civil war. Coming to Chinchina and working as labourers on the land, last year José and Luz took the decision to rent that land. It is quite a large plot in total, (around 8 hectares), which caused immediate struggles with the demands of rent and the needs of investment in the farm and for soil enrichment & phytosanitary control in the face of depressed coffee prices.
José and Luz (who have joint responsibility for the leasehold of the farm), are in need of help to transition from their current challenges to realise their dream of owning the farm and 2 to 3 hectares of land producing high quality speciality grade coffee. With the help of ShareTrade farm transformation premiums, we want to ensure their farm is a resilient and productive operation that can provide their son with an option to take the farm on.
What grind size should you go for? For espresso, go for fine; for a cafetière, coarse usually works best; for most other methods, medium is a good bet.