Ecuador Guillermo Lomas Sidra
12 oz whole bean coffee
We roast to order on Mondays and Wednesdays and ship the following day. Orders will be included in a roast if they’re received by 5pm Eastern Time the day before.
Producer: Wilter Guillermo Lomas Lopez
Altitude: 1370 meters
Tasting notes: Kiwi, pineapple, hibiscus, lime
Guillermo Lomas planted his first coffee trees in 2014, with no prior experience producing coffee. He took a huge risk in doing so, but in a region with few opportunities he saw specialty coffee production as a way to work towards a better life. His very first harvest in 2016 was a powerful affirmation of his efforts, as he defied the odds and placed fifth place in the Taza Dorada, Ecuador’s national competition for coffee quality. Guillermo grows Typica and Sidra varieties on his 1.5 hectare farm in Nanegal, Pichincha, Ecuador, and this lot is 100% washed Sidra.
It’s only by chance that we’ve been introduced to Guillermo and his coffee. We bought another Sidra from Nanegal last year from a producer named Dilma Ponce. We loved the coffee so much we wrote a contract to purchase over double the amount of micro lot quality coffee from Dilma’s next harvest before we were even done roasting it. Unfortunately, Dilma’s quality took a major hit this year and came in too far below our quality standards for a single origin offering.
Thanks to our inimitable sourcing partner Caravela Coffee, we were able to find a replacement for our single origin menu and continue supporting Dilma’s production. Caravela connected us with Guillermo and his beautiful coffee which we fell in love with. They also supplied us with a 85 point blended lot from the community to which Dilma and Guillermo both belong, which we’re using for Chit Chat. In this way we can continue buying some of Dilma’s coffee at a premium price, even in an off year.
With these Nanegal Sidra lots we get loads of sweet tropical fruits, complex bright acidity, and a mild florality. In Guillermo’s coffee we taste kiwi, pineapple, hibiscus, and lime.
This is our first year buying from Guillermo Lomas, and our second year working with producers in the area through our sourcing partners at Caravela Coffee. We scored this lot an 88 and purchased 10 35kg bags for $5.80/lb EXW, on a day when the Coffee Commodity price was $0.99/lb. We also purchased 10 69kg bags of a community blended lot from the same group of producers which we’re using for Chit Chat.