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region: nuevo segundo
farm: las golondrinas
owner: rodrigo peralta
altitude: 1,850 m
This was the Hale Mary (playing on words) of coffee farms in Nicaragua, and arguably the region as a whole.
It is already a well known fact that Dipilto is by far the most superior coffee growing parts in the country, but what Rodrigo Peralta brings to the table is an unparalleled dedication to quality.
The drive up to Golondrinas is lengthy, about an two hours up from Mozonte (where we were earlier that day in the Peralta processing facility). The weather continued to change the closer we were to the farm top. You could feel the air get lighter, more cool and crisp. There is a sense that Ramzi and I have probably never breathed such fresh weather.
This is not just a coffee plantation, this is specialty coffee at it's finest. The climate, the soil, the altitude and the passion behind growing the coffee is something like we have not experienced before. Rayy was adamant that we get Golondrinas for our special lineup this coming May, stay tuned.s
City: San Juan Del Rio Coco
Farm: Ojo De Agua
Owner: Danilo Gonzalez
Altitude: 1,350 m
Ojo De Agua is the only organic growing farm out of the five farms we have visited. This is where it became evident, the effect of roya (the disease), on farms and their yearly crops.
Before delving into roya and what it means to farmers and end users, I'd like to set the scene at Ojo De Agua. We arrived later on in the day, at around 4 pm and the first impression you get upon entering is the nature of the trees. The leaves, as you can see in the photos, are extremely happy, so green and you can tell they have been very well tended to. Unfortunately for our group, the picking had been completed at Danilo's farm.
Danilo is a very sweet person, he toured us around his estate and had us meet his family, having conversations about his coffee produce and how @coastalcoffeecompany and @monigramcoffee have utilized his beans within their espresso house blends.
The one thing that we couldn't escape, is Danio's fight against roya. According to Danilo, one of the ways in which he fights roya, is to have the coffee seeds planted far apart from each other. Danilo says that while this method does not fully mitigate the disease from spreading, it does in fact save more of his crop.
Roya is transferrable from one coffee tree to the other, simply by touch. So if said farmer has contact with roya, he could easily contaminate other coffee trees just by a single touch.
Danilo loses up to 12% of his crop due to roya. This is the largest number we've seen between the five farms visited in Nicaragua. Other farmers revert to less organic methods in their fight against roya, but Danilo seems to have the happiest leaves amongst all farms (given the nature of his estate which grows coffee at lower altitudes).
Keep tuned for our upcoming post on roya, where we will have a much more detailed account of the wide spreading disease.
We will be in Nicaragua between February 8th and the 16th, the crew is going to establish new direct trade relationships.Read More
here we go :) let's start off with a TGIF for those to whom it applies
We will catch you up on all it is the crew has been up to (including opening the Montreal markets), but first, lets talk coffee cupping at De Mello Palheta, who hosted a group of local #Toronto roasters and espresso bars to try out 30 different beans, roasted by multiple roasters from Korea, Australia, Canada and the US.
The crew got to see good friends from boxcar social, red eye espresso, rsquared, early bird espresso and obviously de mello.
We tried and actually managed to take back with us a bunch of coffees, mainly from the US & Australia (we missed out on the excellent Coffee Libre of Korea in the final auction). Clement, Phil and Seb, Bows & Arrows, Axil & Seven Seeds.
For the next week or so, we will indulge in what we managed to take back to the lab with us, we will invite friends to bring over what they managed to take home with them in order to rediscover all that was tested (and loved) last night.
With that, we'd like to bring a small bit of attention towards the new blends we are coming up with, they will be released sometime this April and we hope that last nights experience and the interaction with all these knowledgeable people will aid us in pushing out an even better blend (espresso & drip) than we currently have in beta
The Hale Crew
We are very proud to see our humble establishment having been profiled on Toronto's premier source of advice, blogTO
Here is a cheers and a thank you to the excellent Erinn Beth Langille for coming over and indulging in a coffee cupping session.
If you are ever in the area, 196 Spadina at Queen and would like to come by for a freshly roasted shot of Espresso then follow us @halecoffeeTO either on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and we'll host you at our roastery :) free of charge of course.
Here is a list of coffees you could take home with you as well
The crew would like to invite you to our shoppe (196 Queen & Spadina) for a relaxed Sunday hang out. We will be roasting for several clients and individuals, preparing brewed drinks and pulling espresso shots on our brand new La Marzzoco Linea.
If you're in the area, drop us a tweet or an instagram message @halecoffeeTO and let us know, we'd let you in, and get to know you
obviously, you can then take home a pound or two of Hale Coffee :)
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