Guatemala Pura Fruta Natural (Green Unroasted Coffee) - Bodhi Leaf Coffee Traders

Guatemala Pura Fruta Natural - Green

Region: Alta Verapaz, Cobán
Varietal: Various
Farm: Finca Platanillo
Process: Natural
Altitude: 1,300 - 1,400 MASL
Grade: SHB
Certification: Direct Trade
Cupping: Cacao Nibs, Strawberry, Pound Cake
Recommended Roast - City+ to Full City
Good For: Espresso, Auto-Drip, Full Immersion, Pour Over

Description:In 1977, Mr. Samuel Coto Escobar purchased Finca El Platanillo and managed it until 1985. In 1985 the farm management was passed to Mr. Samuel’s youngest son, Mr. Stuardo Coto. Since then, management has focused on the ecosystem, the community, coffee quality and productivity.

Finca El Platanillo, Stuardo has managed to create an environment compliant with certifications and with his own personal quest to find the balance between the ecosystem and a productive coffee plantation as a wholesome unit. Close monitoring of flora and fauna has led to a rich environment where the ecosystem and the plantation planning go hand in hand. Protecting the ecosystem is a principle that have guided all the constant improvement that the farm undertakes each year. Because this principle was always priority, by the time certification programs such as RFA (Rainforest Alliance), Starbucks’ “Café Practices”, 4C, etc. came into existence; Finca El Platanillo was already in compliance with most of the requirements to obtain these certifications. Keeping Rainforest Alliance since 2005 to this day, and pioneering RFA’s Climate Module as the first farm in the world to implement this once extra sustainable program.

The community in the farm has access to their own garden to grow
vegetables, and fresh water is also provided to people living in the farm & nearby communities. Education, another important principle, has been a top priority at Finca El Platanillo. The farm had a school for children who lived there since the farm was first started around 1978, but the idea became more refined, and evolved into a partnership with a long term client for the creation of the Nuevo Platanillo School in 2002. The school is located on land originally owned by the farm, which was donated to the school. This project has continuously evolved, and the school has been upgraded many times. The school has a computer lab which has Internet access where the children of the farm and nearby community are taught the basics of computing from an early age. Lastly, the farm has engaged in pioneering a new education program in conjuction with Funcafe which was awarded SCA Sustainability Award in 2017 for the “Bachillerato en Ciencias y Letras con Diplomado en Café” program for which El Platanillo and its sister farm El Panorama are host farms.

Regarding the coffee itself, high quality and productivity have always been the goal. Stuardo, has been constantly studying and researching varietals that will adapt at El Platanillo’s specific conditions. For this reason, many years ago he started a varietal garden where all varietals (around 100 different ones) are deeply studied both for their production capabilities, as well as adaptation to the microclimate, and cup characteristics. Varieties that are found ideal for the farm are thoroughly tested and then plotted as a new plantation.

Customer Reviews

Based on 10 reviews
harry steinman
Tastes good. Wish that Bodhi would not package in single-use plastic.

Tastes good. Wish that Bodhi would not package in single-use plastic.

Chanel Dixon
Good everyday coffee

I honestly think I roasted my first batch a little too dark. I didn’t take it to second crack but I think there is a very fine line with the Guatemala coffee. I’m going to pull it a little sooner the next roast.

G Froelich
Balanced cherry and chocolate

The producers of this coffee have done a great job in the natural processing. It's well balanced with juicy fruit and dark chocolate notes even in darker roasts. I'm not sure if a light roast Nordic style would compliment this bean, but maybe. It's not a dense bean. I've been dialing my roasts in with Ceado's Hoop brewer. Near espresso grind size with 15:1 water/coffee ratio produces a full bodied brew with little to no muddling of flavors. My one complaint is with bad bean culling. For a natural there are relatively speaking many quakers and fragmented beans, and even an insect damaged bean once in a while. I'll get about a dozen such beans in every 50g and have to pull them before brewing. Hence the four stars.

Little to no smell

I am not a fan of light roast but I do like many Ethiopian natural roasted light. The fragrance and flowery taste is enjoyable. However, this bean with three different trials on Aillio Bullet R1 (1C@8.5min + 20F to drop with total time around 10min). smell pretty "dead" to me. I can taste some fruity taste but nothing amazing. Maybe this is just not my cup of joe, and it is difficult to find a shining spot in a few trials.

Lenny Sachs
Tasty Guatemalan

Roasted to City+ the coffee has a nice dark chocolate taste. My espresso pulls are 5ozs using a 20 gram portafilter. An nice coffee.

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