Irineo Ramirez Organic Guatemala Coffee Beans 340 gm | Propeller Coffee

Irineo Ramirez Organic Guatemala Coffee Beans 340 gm | Propeller Coffee

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Tasting Notes: Hazelnut, Fudge, Pear
Process: Washed
Altitude: 1950 meters
Varietal: Pache San Ramon


In 2019, Propeller Coffee Co. was asked by Bows & Arrows to join a coffee roaster group to purchase incredible coffee out of a small community in Mataquescuintla, Jalapa, Guatemala. This is our second year purchasing from Producer Irineo Ramirez, and we look forward to many more years ahead in support of the communities fight to keep clean water flowing, their right to their land and their overall health and safety.

The Mataquescuintla group consists of mostly smallholder coffee producers, small scale fruit and vegetable farmers, and some shop owners - a community threatened and at constant risk due to a Canadian mining company nearby affecting their daily resources. The mining has affected their water, land, and health - as well as the political climate that often risks and threatens their lives. Getting coffee out was very difficult for this community and threatened their financial livelihood on top of the devastation they were already enduring by the presence of the mine.

Propeller is saddened to hear that these circumstances continue to proceed in coffee producing communities and we hope that their resistance to the temporary closure of the mine while the government considers the necessary consultation process remains active until it is resolved peacefully.

340 gm bag whole bean coffee

 

About Propeller Coffee:

Sustainability

At every step in the process, we take the extra steps to make our coffee the most sustainable it can possibly be: we maintain direct trade relationships; roast our beans using energy-efficient approaches in our low footprint roastery; use biodegradable packaging for our coffee and offset our transportation with Bullfrog’s bio-diesel program.

Propeller has also attained B Corp status, a rigorous international certification for companies that create local prosperity, strong communities, and a sustainable environment.

Sourcing

Finding unique, high-quality coffees is a never-ending quest for us. Our ultimate goal is to purchase 80-90% of our coffee directly from farmers. Every coffee we buy must be chosen through a meticulous selection process. An inspection of the unroasted (green) beans is done to check for any visible defect such as insect damage, black beans, sour beans, broken beans or foreign matter. This rules out a lot of coffees - upwards of 80% of the world's coffees are poor quality and exhibit all sorts of defects that would never make the cut for us. If the sample passes this first test we will lightly roast 100 grams of it in our sample roaster. Then we will cup this sample according to SCAA cupping protocols. The purpose of cupping is to test for quality and flavour. We score all samples using SCAA cupping forms and on the cupping app Catador. If a coffee meets all our criteria (free of defects, & has good acidity, body, balance, and sweetness) and scores high enough, we will consider purchasing it.

Roasting

2016 Propeller was named micro-roaster of the year by industry trade publication Roast Magazine.

Using a piece of roasting software called Cropster, we record every single batch of coffee that we roast on our Loring SmartRoaster (uses about 85% less energy than a traditional machine). We use this collection of roast profiles a bit like a recipe book for coffee. When a new coffee arrives we first do a bit of homework to figure out a good initial recipe/profile to use on this coffee. We measure the moisture content and density, then check the bean varietal, growing conditions, and elevation, and then search our recipe book for a coffee that we’ve previously roasted that is similar to this new coffee. We will roast the coffee, then cup/taste it and discuss how we can tweak the roast profile to develop it to its full potential.