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    Finca Vista Hermosa - This Saturday, First Pour

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    Hi All,

    Im sure that many of you have read that earlier this year, tragedy struck the Guatemalan farm Finca Vista Hermosa when their farm manager, Carlos Martin and his son, Edwin, were robbed and murdered whilst returning to the farm with money and supplies.

    This weekend I will be serving last years FVH as a manual pourover drip coffee at First Pour for $10 a pop. All of the proceeds will go to Carlos wife Juana to help her look after her 11 children. I have only a small amount and have not really had a chance to experiment with roasting it for drip, so Im unable to offer a detailed description. I hope that it will be clean, acidic and perhaps slightly floral, but the point of the exercise is really to raise some cash rather than to showcase FVH.

    You can read more about the tragedy and access a paypal link to make donations on here, on Edwins Blog.

    Cheers,

    Luca




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    Oh no!!! I hadnt heard of this tragedy! That is so sad and senseless!!!

    People, if at all possible get over to First Pour and try this amazing coffee!!! Too date it is still the best SO I have ever had!

    Heres a link to the original post I made about it years ago: http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1109816604/0#0

    My heart is truly saddened hearing this news. :( :( :( :( :(

    I had an espresso of this bean at SCAA this week-end and literally did not recognize it in the cup. I didnt/dont know what they did to the beans to end up with the flavor they did in the cup as it hit with a huge salty slap to the upper palette. Perhaps it was from all the tears being shed over this horrible news. :( :( :( :( :(


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    Re: Finca Vista Hermosa - This Saturday, First Pou

    Ive moved this thread to the news section and made it a sticky to increase its visibility.

    Do yourselves a favor while supporting a great cause. Go try a cup of this absolutely amazing coffee!

    This is one of the worlds best coffees and a Cup of Excellence winner! How often in your life will you be able to enjoy a CoE coffee? Go on! You know you want too! :)


    Java "Would be there in a heartbeat if he could!" phile

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    Re: Finca Vista Hermosa - This Saturday, First Pou

    Update:

    Just tried the roast for the weekend and Im happy to say that it seems to have come out quite well. This is definitely the sort of thing that Jim Schulman describes as a "classic cup" and my roast turned out to be relatively low in acidity, though that could also be due to the age of the sample. Its quite a decent drink, but remember that the purpose of the exercise is to raise money - dont come into this expecting to have your socks knocked off!

    Im running low on filter paper, so Ill also bring my vac pot along.

    From coffeecuppers.com (link)

    Great coffees come in two varieties: those which taste like coffee; and those which dont. Food lovers want foods that taste like themselves; wine lovers, on the other hand, want wines that taste of anything but wine. Coffee lovers are more tolerant; we value both sorts. Coffees that taste like coffee are called "classic cups;" coffees with a unique taste dont have a collective name, but here Ill call them "unusual coffees."

    Classic cups are tough to describe; they just taste like coffee. But they are easy to compare and rate, because some clearly taste better than others. Unusual coffees are hard to score; its like comparing apples to oranges. But they are easy to describe, because they all taste so different. The distinction between classic cups and unusual coffees is a piece of good luck for someone starting out. You can learn to score by comparing the classic cups; and you can learn to describe by comparing the unusual coffees.
    Cheers,

    Luca

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    Re: Finca Vista Hermosa - This Saturday, First Pou

    Im sure we have hundreds of paper filters at work man.

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    Re: Finca Vista Hermosa - This Saturday, First Pou

    Considering how much we have enjoyed his coffee and how much hes put into it, lets all give something back.

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    Re: Finca Vista Hermosa - This Saturday, First Pou

    So howd the fund raising (& the biscuits) go luca? Perhaps a collection at the bean bay pickup would be in order?

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    Re: Finca Vista Hermosa - This Saturday, First Pou


    I agree dsgfh.

    Ill bring something on the 24th for a raffle (dunno what yet) drawn on the day and anything we get goes into the kitty for Juana and the kids.



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    Re: Finca Vista Hermosa - This Saturday, First Pou

    Hi guys,

    Sorry not to get back on this earlier.

    In anticipation of getting some cash rolling in for Juana, I printed out a concise A4 sign near the cash register, set up a clear mug with some cash in it and put the drip and syphon brewers near it to create a display.

    The day got off to a roaring start when dsgfhs better half rocked up with a batch of freshly baked biscuits to contribute to the cause and donated some cash. The biscuits were absolutely delicious!

    After that, there was a procession of people who walked up to the counter, read the notice with interest, went about business as usual and then left. At the end of the day, it was $20 in the jar, half of which was mine, plus Simon James donating online.

    It was a pretty slow morning, but I would have thought that at the very least Juana would have gotten some of the shrapnel that I handed across as change. Needless to say, I was pretty disappointed and not especially motivated to source more stuff to try it again. Perhaps beanbay pickup would have led to a more receptive audience, but I specifically didnt want to try and steal the limelight from Andys fair crack program, which is also a very worthy cause. However, if Andys up for doing a raffle, I might put the collection jar out again this Saturday.

    Cheers,

    Luca

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    Re: Finca Vista Hermosa - This Saturday, First Pou

    Hmmm,

    Thats very disappointing indeed Luca :(. Just goes to show, I suppose, that a lot of people (walk-in trade) do not know (and maybe even care to know) how that beautiful cup of nectar ends up in the cup theyre sipping from :-?. If Andy can manage to set something up on the Forum, Ill certainly be happy to donate $10.00 towards the kitty..... I dont expect anything in return mate as I already have plenty,

    Cheers mate [smiley=thumbsup.gif],
    Mal.

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    Re: Finca Vista Hermosa - This Saturday, First Pou

    Hi Luca - maybe it just wasnt promoted widely enough, with enough lead time.
    I only just saw this post - didnt see it on CG - theres a different readership there. When I first read it I thought it was this weekend!

    Why not try again, get some press via our journo friends at The Age, email it far and wide etc...

    Im happy to help.



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