Dense yet nuanced, this year's harvest from Farmlevel favorite Edgardo Tinoco exhibits sweet blackberry and complex, juniper-like herbals.
Ojo de Agüita, Santa Barbara
Years of Purchase
1550 - 1640 Meters
January - June
Blackberry Jam, Fudge, Velvety
Edgardo Tinoco is a third-generation coffee farmer and was gifted his parcel from his father at the young age of 17. It didn’t take long for him to take over his father’s farm, Pino de Oro. It was by chance (or fate) that Edgardo heard about the Cup of Excellence on the radio. He was instantly determined to enter Pino de Oro into the respected competition and was able to participate in 2009. Fast forward to 8 years later, with 3 Top 10 Cup of Excellence awards under his belt, Edgardo is now the proud owner of a new wet mill, dry mill, and car. On top of all this, he’s debt-free! Each year, he continues to grow production, focusing on high-quality coffee with help from his wife Nora and their 3 sons. While accepting his 2014 Cup of Excellence award for 14 placement, he proclaimed, "I'll never stop learning and improving in high quality every day." He’s a shining example of how commitment to quality can change a producer’s life. Edgardo is fueled with knowledge and is able to experiment with different varieties and new processes. In the spirit of innovation, we’re proud to showcase the first year of his naturally processed coffee. It’s dense, yet nuanced and exhibits sweet blackberry alongside complex, juniper-like herbal qualities. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
Throughout my time working in coffee, I have been fortunate enough to witness people’s first sip of a natural-process coffee countless times. The look of surprise, of disbelief, when someone gets blueberry-bombed by a natural Ethiopia Harrar is inspiring; it’s a moment of epiphany that coffee is so much more than the surface. But I have a confession to make: I don’t like naturals.
But sometimes the world throws you a curveball. Hell, I thought I was a Slytherin for like, 10 years, but this morning I took the official Sorting Hat quiz and it turns out I’m a Ravenclaw. Honduras Edgardo Tinoco Natural is my Ravenclaw coffee.
My primary issue with naturals to this point has been balance. Ethiopian and Tanzanian naturals are—excuse the pun—a fruit punch, but like, the kind of punch that hurts. The naturals I’ve had from Brazil are almost off-puttingly chocolatey, like that time when you put way too much Hershey’s syrup in your milk when you were a kid. Honduras Edgardo Tinoco Natural lands at the crossroads of African naturals (blackberry jam) and Brazilian naturals (fudge), while dialing the volume down a few notches (velvety).
This is a wonderfully versatile summer coffee. Enjoy it as a mellow pour-over in the morning before the marine layer has burned off, or cold brew it and enjoy it with friends poolside… 6 feet apart from one another, that is.
Amazing beans make an amazing cup of coffee
Verve has never disappointed in the quality of the beans they roast, and ship.
Great and interesting!
I’d never tried a natural coffee before and was surprised how fruity it tasted and smelled but agree with the other reviewers that it wasn’t overpowering at all and was quite a fun change of pace!
A perfect cup
I’ll spare everyone reading this a long description. Simply put; this bean results in a fantastic cup of coffee with a great balance throughout. It’s fruity without being sour and slightly fudgy without being bland or indistinguishable. Really great coffee.
Fantastic Coffee Selection!!!
The Edgardo Tinoco Natural is fantastic!!! Tasty many hints of different flavors for which excites your senses and taste buds!! I have definitely recommended this coffee to friends and would recommend to all.
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