Luis Roldan - Yellow Catuai


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Impressions: purple grapes, malt, milk chocolate, hazelnut
Roast degree: medium (3/5)
Country: Guatemala
Region: Casillas, Santa Rosa
Farm: El Durazno
Farmer: Luis Roldan
Variety: Yellow Catuai
Process: Washed
Partner importer: Semilla

For a second year in a row, we are thrilled to bring this important coffee. This lot from producer Luis Roldan is not just a delicious coffee, it is much more than that.

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.

You can find the second lot from Luis as a light roast red caturra, and in our darkest roast, the Round the Clock.

If you don't want a roast that is too dark, but still like approachable, low acidity coffee, this will be your new day to day coffee.
This medium roast is incredibly versatile: amazing black or with milk, it's equally good as filter and espresso.

The coffee is full bodied and reminds us of malt and molasses. It's quite nutty, and the hazelnut vibe made us think of nutella.

There are hints of fruits as well, including notes of grape jelly and green apple.

A coffee you can truly sip from all day, everyday, and one of the most important coffee on our menu.

Method Dose Ratio Time
Espresso 16-20 g 2:1 28-32 sec
Espresso with milk 16-20 g 1.9:1 32-34 sec
Americano 16-20 g 2.2:1 26-30 sec


18-32 g 15.5:1 3:00-3:30 min

 Chemex & Batch Brew

40-60 g 15.5:1 4:30-5:45 min

 French Press

18-25 g 14:1 3:45 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 (14bags of 69 kg of one variety, this 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 (9 of this yellow catuai and 12 of a red caturra).
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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