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- 02-08-2017, 09:14 AM #31
Did you know that Caturra (first photo) produces about 50% more than Bourbon (second photo)?
Even though Caturra is an old varietal, it was an hybrid in order to produce more cherries.
They both look very similar except Bourbon nodes between cherries.
However, when it comes to cupping scores and profiles, always everyone prefers Bourbon over Caturra.
- 02-11-2017, 08:48 AM #32
Did you know that there are many coffee quality categories in Guatemala coffee industry. Every coffee growing county has different classification on the quality of their coffees.
Below are Guatemala Coffee quality classification
* Nano lot : Like Natural Geisha/Pacamara. Mostly sold by international auctions or visiting the farm and buying directly from farm. up to 3 of 100 lbs bags
* Micro lot : up to 10 bags. Yellow Bourbon. washed Geisha/Pacamara.
* Specialty coffee : Over 85 points SCAA. up to 50 bags
* SHB : 79 points to 84 points. Most of customers buy these beans for their espresso blend.
If a customer buys a container (20 foot), normally they fill up 70% with SHB, 20% with Specialty coffee and the rest of 10% with Micro/Nano lot. And these beans are all over 4,500 feet high altitude.
Below are under 4,500 feet and beans are softer and less flavors. Due to less demands on below coffees, the farms are moving away from coffee business.
* Semi Hard Bean : 3,500 to 4,500 feet
* Extra Prime : 2,500 to 3,500
* Prime : below 2,500 feet
- 02-11-2017, 10:19 AM #33
In Guatemala, Antigua and Acatenango are the places where they do "honey process". In Honey process, there are Black honey, Red Honey, Yellow Honey process.
Below photo is from Finca Jocotales in Antigua. New harvest photo and this process is called "El Volcan de Caturra Honey" (the volcano of Caturra honey process).
- 02-13-2017, 07:19 AM #34
- 02-14-2017, 06:42 AM #35
Did you know that a lot of hybrid coffee varietals were and are being created to avoid "Coffee Rust (Roya in Spanish)"?
The most famous varietal that has the most resistance to Roya is "Timor" varietal from Timor Island, Indonesia (the closest island to Australia)
So, scientists "hand pollinate" Timor (HdT) and Caturra = Catimores. Timor + Villa Sarchi=Sarchimores.
However, the problem is that HdT has a genetic of Robusta, so all the Hybrids with Timor do not have good coffee profiles.
- 02-15-2017, 03:35 PM #36
- 02-15-2017, 07:41 PM #37
- 02-16-2017, 05:32 PM #38
Did you know that long time ago, American Natives used to roasted KENTUCKY COFFEE TREE BEANS to make coffee?
A LONG TIME AGO, in times of extreme poverty, some "coffee lovers" were forced to roast these beans to make their coffee which was/is a pungent, bitter brew, even inferior to other coffee alternatives like chicory and toasted barley.
Last edited by ensoluna; 02-16-2017 at 05:36 PM.
- 02-18-2017, 05:20 PM #39
Did you know that a coffee varietal called, Pache Colis, is probably the shortest coffee varietal there is. Pache is a dwarf mutation of Typica coffee and it is also called Pache Comun. Pache Colis is a cross between Caturra and Pache Comun. It grows up to two feet max.
I took this photo today from Finca Colombia in Antigua.