Guatemala La Esperanza Gold Label
We have had a coffee from the La Bolsa farm for several years as our flagship Guatemalan coffee. It has been so consistent for so long it is almost like a blend. This year the La Bolsa still tested very good but had a different flavor profile. Honestly, I just didn't like it as much and felt like I was going to have to change up the coffee profile. So I went to our samples and looked for one that would be similar to the La Bolsa we've had. That was an exercise worth completing because I ended up with this beauty. I believe this is the single best Guatemalan coffee I've ever tasted. I ordered more of this coffee than anyone I've ordered in the past because I have such confidence in it. It is a stunning cup of coffee and makes it so I don't miss our La Bolsa. I'm hoping you feel the same way.
|Roast Level:||City Plus (Medium)|
|Processing:||Washed (Wet Process)|
|Flavor Notes:||Chocolate, Vanilla, Caramel|
|Recommended Brew Methods:||Drip, Espresso, Immersion (French Press), Cold Brew|
|Producer:||Don Evelio Nicolás Hernández|
|Varietal:||Bourbon, Typica, Caturra|
Guatemala La Esperanza Coffee Production
Don Evelio Nicolás Hernández bought the farm in 1983, and named it for his desire for a new start in La Democracia. Over the years his family grew and he expanded the farm, buying adjacent lots. Access to the specialty coffee market has meant a great deal to Elevio and his family.
Chalum and fruit trees shade the plants, but the steep slope here does much to diffuse afternoon sunlight. In addition to coffee, the farm grows bananas and other fruits.
In addition to whole coffee beans, we currently offer 4 different coffee grind levels. Listed below with descriptions.
Whole Bean: Unground coffee for a home grinder.
Coarse: Think sugar in the raw, maybe more coarse
Recommended for Chemex Brewer, French Press, Cold Brew
Medium: Slightly coarser than table salt
Recommended for Flat bottom brewers, Kalitta, and Cloth filters
Fine: Slightly finer than table salt
Recommended for V60 pour overs, Typical cone filter coffee pots, Aeropress.
Extra Fine: Like powdered sugar
Recommended for Espresso or Moka pot.
If at all possible, we recommend grinding at home. We prefer Baratza coffee grinders and offer several of their models for sale. Click here to shop for one of their brewers.
We roast and ship all of our coffees daily. Unlike many roasters, they pick a day for each varietal. We roast in small enough batches to guarantee that every bag of coffee that you order is roasted after you order it, usually the day after you order it. We then ship it that day.
We primarily use USPS priority shipping and we've found that they are more consistent on some days vs. others. Sometime we'll use Fedex 2 day when the economics of the order make sense. We like to use priority shipping which is supposed to be 2/3 day shipping to most of the country, but that doesn't always happen, in fact, our analytics show that about 10% of the time it takes 4 days or longer to receive the coffee.
That said, due to COVID-19, USPS has announced that Priority will be 3-4 days. I'm guessing that means that you'll see 5, 6 or even 7 days to get your package right now. So read below for a pricing / option change that we're making during this period.
We believe that with this schedule your coffee will be the freshest possible every time.
Also, if you order before 6am AZ on most days, we'll be able to include it in that day's production, but depending on volume it may go out the next day. We hope as we grow, we'll still be able to meet these commitments.
Coffee Order Shipping Policy:
- On coffee orders, we the lowest priced between USPS Priority & Fedex 2day. Generally it is USPS priority (3-4 days).
- Lowest priced priority shipping price is $5.00 on orders under $30
- Lowest priced priority shipping for $30 Orders is FREE
- During COVID-19, you'll have the opportunity to choose your preferred shipping method for a $3 upgrade.
Brewing Equipment Shipping Policy:
- Unless otherwise noted all items are shipped the lowest priced between USPS Priority (3-4 days) or Fedex Home Delivery (4 days).
- Priority shipping price is $5.00 on orders under $30
- FREE USPS Priority shipping price for $30 Orders
- Our shipping cut-off is about 10am. Typically, if an order comes in before that time, we ship same day. Otherwise, we ship next day.