San Miguel Escobar Cooperative
The San Miguel Escobar Co-op (in Spanish, Café Artesanal San Miguel Entre Volcanes de Antigua) is a 30-member community of smallholder coffee farmers near Antigua, Guatemala. Situated at the base of Volcán Agua, San Miguel Escobar is located in a scenic, vibrant valley with views of other neighboring volcanoes Fuego and Acatenango. The town is home to many coffee farmers, whom you can see on a typical day heading up the slopes of the volcano through the communal paths to tend to their fields of coffee or other crops.
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It doesn't get any better than these beans. Each sip is an explosion of flavor. Highly recommended.
Guatemala - Timoteo Minas
I’ve spent a lifetime searching for a consistently flavorful and rich coffee with no heavy acid taste or overtones, yet still packs a punch. Found it. I now buy Timoteo Minas by the two pound bag (two bags at a time) and Nossa Familia never disappoints in filling the order. 5 stars for grower Timoteo Minas and 5 stars for Nossa Familia.
You can taste the tropical air and soil in these beans, with a complexity of terroir that rivals any of the finest wine grape varietals. Try this coffee immediately! Grind it coarsely, brew it in a French press, don't use water any hotter than 200 degrees. Simply magnificent coffee!
I am experimenting with using a Hario V60 to brew my coffee. I've been using Timoteo Minas and really enjoy the flavor. It's been an adventure in varying the grind, temperature and brew time. This coffee is near and dear to my heart, as I recently lived in Guatemala as a volunteer.