Luis Roldan - Red Caturra


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Impressions: apple, plum, cane sugar, macadamia
Roast degree: light-medium (2/5)
Country: Guatemala
Region: Casillas, Santa Rosa
Farm: El Durazno
Farmer: Luis Roldan
Variety: Red Caturra
Process: Washed
Partner importer: Semilla

For a second year in a row, we are thrilled to bring you beautiful coffees from Luis Roldan.
In addition to this red caturra light roast, you can enjoy the yellow catuai medium roast from the same producer as well.
The red caturra is also featured in our Round' the Clock Espresso, our darkest roast.

Luis, an agricultural engineer by trade, is a new member of the Semilla network. It's the second time he sells internationally, and just like like year, we bought all of his production.

Luis is an active and well respected leader of the Cafe Colis Resistencia, a producing group from the Indigenous Xinka community around Mataquescuintla, Guatemala.
They are interested in developing an international market for their coffee, and therefore finally receiving fair prices for their work.

The group is opposing the exploitation of the Escobal silver mine, owned by Vancouver-based Pan American silver. This Canadian company wants to go ahead and exploit the mine on Indigenous land despite being in contravention of the United Nations Declarations of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

We are proud to join Semilla in their efforts to stand on the side of Indigenous sovereignty and landing our support for this producing group. Not only does Semilla buy the coffees at solid prices, they also lend their voices as Canadians against this illegal extractive project.

This is the lightest roast of a Central American coffee we've ever had.
If you've enjoyed our coffees from this region in the past, you might have noticed they are well developed and aimed at being sweet and round.

This roast hits different, in a good way!
The mouthfeel is light and silky, and reminded us of cane sugar and white chocolate.
Acidity wise, it's full of red apple and prunes, with a hint of stone fruit like a nectarine.
Even though it's light, there is a pleasant nuttiness reminiscent of macadamia nuts.

It feels good to have different lots from Luis this year so we could experiment a little more!

This might be a bit more challenging as an espresso, but definitely something special when dialed in.

We highly recommend waiting at least 10-12 days to brew this coffee as we've seen our light roast peak in flavours around 20 days.

Method Dose Ratio Time
Espresso 16-20 g 2.3:1 30-34 sec
Espresso with milk 16-20 g 2.1:1 32-36 sec
Americano 16-20 g 2.4:1 26-30 sec


18-32 g 17:1 3:30-4:00 min

 Chemex & Batch Brew

40-60 g 16:1 5:00-5:45 min

 French Press

18-25 g 14:1 4:30 min steep time

Farmer: Luis Roldan
Farm: El Durazno
Exporter: Industrias Noviembre
Importer: Semilla

Last harvest was the first time Luis sold his coffee internationally and we bought 100% of his export volume (14 bags of 69 kg of one variety, the yellow catuai).
After this first purchase, both because the coffee is very good and serves a purpose beyond the cup, we had committed to buying all his available coffee for export before the harvest even began.
This means that we have 21 bags of 2 varietals (12 of this red caturra and 9 yellow catuai).
Our commitment to Luis, Semilla and the Cafe Colis Resistencia group will remain and we hope that working closely together, we can import 30-40 bags from Luis next harvest.

Price we paid Semilla for the landed coffee in our Montreal warehouse: 5.05USD/lb (+0,30$ in shipping)

FOB price: 3,40USD/lb

Farmgate price: 1750 Quetzal/quintal, 1 quintal being around 100kg of parchment (parchment means the green bean is still not exposed)
National price: 1100-1500 Quetzal

(Last harvest, the farmgate price was 1500Q and the national average between 800-1000)

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