Beansmith Coffee is proud to announce their Top Ten finish in the Roaster's Guild of America Roaster's Choice competition at last week's Specialty Coffee Association of America Event. From the semi-final round of 30 coffees, Beansmith's offering from Arnulfo Leguizamo's farm (Finca La Primavera) in the Huila region of Colombia, was chosen as one of 10 winning coffees.
The coffees were then brewed for the many attendees of the event and judged by a panel of experts. Lead roaster, Jason Burkum, said "This is the second year we’ve offered this farm’s beautiful coffee, and we are so proud to have been selected as one of the Top Ten. Arnulfo is an amazing cafetero, and we are so happy to be able to honor his work and have it recognized by the Roasters Guild."
Once again, we are honored to present this beautiful coffee. This year's lot has notes of sweet orange, crisp pear, raw sugar, complex blackberry acidity, and a lush, velvety body.
Roast Philosopy: Our approach is to find what unique qualities a particular coffee has to offer, then develop a profile to showcase those qualities while maintaining balance and sweetness. It's really about finding a beautiful coffee and then treating it with the same respect that it has been shown by those that handled it before it was handed off to you. The roast just serves to coax out all of its goodness, get out of its way, and let it be.
""Arnulfo Leguizamo is who every cafetero in Colombia should aspire to be. He is a member of Asociacion Los Naranjos, a project we have developed over the years were we pay a premium for coffees that meet certain cup-quality specifications.
In 2011, he won the first price at the Cup of Excellence with coffee from this farm. An unprecedented price of $45/lb was paid for the Cup of Excellence coffee. He promised his family he would take them to see the ocean and he already did. (He showed us the pictures to prove it).
Arnulfo is very proud to be a farmer. What this new generation of cafeteros wants is recognition for their hard work and the means to sell their coffee as a traceable microlot and not a blend.
We met Diego, his son, at the Los Naranjos cupping lab. He is training to be a cupper at the moment and plans to stay in the business. Farmers are now starting to understand the importance of being able to taste their own coffee.
We are really excited for Arnulfo and Los Naranjos' future! It looks promising and should bring us more top-notch coffee throughout the years."- Cafe Imports