A Turning Point Project: Ecuador Juan Peña

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A Turning Point Project: Ecuador Juan Peña

17.50

Origin: Ecuador
Region: Saraguro canton, Loja province
Masl: 2100 meters
Producer: Juan Peña Guillén
Varietal: Typica
Process: Fully Washed     
           

When Dustin Demers came back from visiting Juan Peña Guillén’s farm in Ecuador, it was as though he had found a coffee soul mate—someone who dedicated as much time and energy to the pursuit of great coffee as he did. He respected Juan’s dedication to perfection and his determination to always produce a better cup. After seeing how much care Juan gave his plants, he believed unequivocally that the producer impacted 95% of final cup quality; a high compliment from a passionate roaster and competitive barista.

Juan Peña is a talented agronomist who supports his workers with their own plots of land, runs the Museum of Coffee of Saraguro on his farm, and gives his plants a level of care and attention that only Dustin could match with his roasts. Juan speaks fondly of how he and Dustin kept in touch. Dustin would send Juan updates on his potted coffee plants, and pictures of Juan’s coffee when it arrived and after Dustin had meticulously roasted it.

Dustin Demers always pushed us to be better coffee professionals. In his memory, we are using the 6 bags of Juan’s coffee he had reserved to raise funds for a man and a farm he admired greatly. With the proceeds from this coffee, we will be building a cupping laboratory on Hacienda La Papaya.

Juan is constantly investigating new techniques on his farm, always striving to do something different and better. With a cupping lab, he and his staff will be able to do thorough quality control and further train the farmers who work with him on the land. Each farmer has their own plot where they can grow their own crop of coffee, and Juan makes sure that everyone has a thorough understanding of their plants. Juan wants to name the laboratory after Dustin, so that his dear friend will always be present at Hacienda La Papaya.

This coffee is strikingly complex, with notes of cacao nib, light jasmine, and hints of berry. We are proud to donate the proceeds from the sale of this bag to support a special project on Juan’s farm in memory of our friend Dustin. 

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The first roast of this coffee will be done on Monday, May 29th. All orders placed before then will be roasted and sent out on that day.