519 is Bean Capital's long-awaited launch coffee, introduced in May 2019. Showcasing the ShareTrade concept, it is grown by Jorge in Colombia and roasted by Elizabeth at Chimney Fire Coffee in Surrey.
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.
FARM LOCATION | LOS NOGALES AND THE FINCAMIGOS PROJECT, JARDIN ANTIOQUIA, COLOMBIA
SPECIES | ARABICA
PROCESS | WASHED
VARIETALS | CASTILLO, CATURRA
ALTITUDE | 1810 MASL
PROFILE | HONEY, PINEAPPLE, BERRIES
Jorge lives and works on the Los Nogales smallholding with his wife and three children. The farm is only 0.7 hectares, too small to be profitable in its own right. He worked for many years for a landlord farmer and was promised land in return for labour - unfortunately the landlord reneged and did not provide the land to Jorge.
FincAmigos is a neighbouring estate also committed to speciality quality, innovation and sustainability best practices. In addition to upgrading his own farm, Jorge will help FincAmigos with the planting of new Arabica varietals which should command higher prices in the future. Jorge's objective is to be able to buy an additional hectare of land by 2023.
The Big Rock Coffee Company have teamed up with FincAmigos to fund Jorge’s Farm Transformation Plan, and every bean roasted is helping to increase his productivity, substantially improve his revenues and provide him with a savings plan that will enable him to buy an additional hectare of land by 2023.
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.