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Heart & Graft Coffee Roastery: Chateau 76: Honduras, Finca Cual Bicicleta, Washed

Tasting notes:

for aeropress: so so clean. Jasmine tea like, peach, sweet and sugary and complex.

for espresso: vanilla, cream soda, sugary lemon. Initially bright but then immediately balances with a sugary body and a long peach and chocolate finish. When drunk through milk, it tastes like lemon meringue pie!

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From Heart & Graft Coffee Roastery:

We proudly present a stunning coffee from Finca Cual Bicicleta in Honduras, the farm of Oscar Omar Alonso.

This coffee is extraordinary. Its so sweet and complex, its floral, sweet like peaches and it finishes with a clear lemon drizzle acidity. Its dangerously easy to drink and shines as a filter or espresso! It was a tricky one to find the right roast for, it was more like roasting a washed Ethioipian Yirgacheffe than a Honduran coffee. Persistence has paid off though, its a stunner.

Finca Cual Bicicleta

In 2003 after approaching COMSA, Oscar learned about the benefits of organic farming and decided to change his farm into organic production. However this saw his coffee crop shrink from 80 tonnes to 8!! It was a horrendous time economically and put Oscar into a very dark place emotionally, something he talks about openly. During this time, Oscar had a revelation that the transition was like a bike.

"When you ride a bicycle, you are not polluting, you must keep balance, this ride is designed to move forward and never back, and all the pieces of the chain, the bicycle must work together perfectly so you can keep moving"

Working alongside COMSA, after a few years of lots of organic treatment the farm is producing 120 tonnes of coffee! The coffees are stunning and Oscar with his son Melvin produce a variety of washed, honey and natural process coffees

He is a huge character and a testament to the vision of COMSA, supporting farmers transition from commercial to organic farming, and educating others. Oscar has invested in the farm creating areas where the coffee is shade-dried in raised beds, allowing a better quality in his coffee production.

Farm/Coop: Finca Cual Bicicleta
Altitude: 1560 masl
Origin: Honduras, Central America
Region: Chinacla
Process Method: Washed Process

Roasterr: Heart & Graft Coffee Roastery

Brewing notes

Espresso: (based on a Sage barista pro which brews at 9 bars with up to 18grm basket): Dose: 19.5 grms; Yield: 42 grms; Time: 28 secs

Aeropress: Dose: 14 grms; Brew Water :200 grms 98 degrees; Time: 1.30 secs

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Tasting record

Method Dose Grind Time Volume Comments
e.g. Espresso 18g Vario 1E 25secs 30ml A bit finer next time would be better.