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Topic: Coffee Beneficios or Cooperatives - Creating the Right Taste... (2 msgs / 57 lines)
1) From: David T. Borton
O' Great Wise List,
I have been roasting a Mexican Chiapas from a co-op and it introduces a 
question for me.  It is, "How on earth does a co-op (say this one in 
Chiapas) know that the beans they are tossing together actually will 
taste good together?"
Reason I ask?  It is apparent that the Mexican Chiapas is a mixture of 
minimally 5-6 (maybe a ton more) different beans. They certainly aren't 
all from the "same estate." They look different, they roast 
differently.  So, as they put the beans together at the co-op in 
Chiapas, for example -- with a whole host of small farmers tossing their 
product in -- how have they assured themselves that they have a decent 
product in its *taste?*  I am not talking about quality.  I know they 
can judge quality.   All of us that have blended know much of it is hit 
and miss.
But when they are putting hundreds and hundreds of beans together from 
many, many small farms, how do they assure complementary taste?  "A 
little of Enrique's beans, some of Fernadez's, Amaya's tossed on top of 
that, and Gonzalez's beans came in last night..."
Are they confident it will have a complementary taste because the beans 
are all one type, say Typica, for example?  Is it because they are all 
from the same terroir (is that the correct French word)?  I think that 
is the wine term re: micro-ecosystem in which they are grown.
Anyone know?
DB, just curious
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2) From: Les
Jose, Juan, and Roberto and .............. all have 5 hectacre farms.
They all have 25 - 35 year old typica trees and they live in the same
place.  The pickers pick the coffee and take them to the coop.  There
the beans are sorted and processed.  The high-grade all goes in the
same bin.  The low grade goes to Maxwell House.  The percentage of
high-grade from each farm or an agreed upon sharing of the "wealth"
takes place.  That is how they taste good together.  (A very
simplified example of what goes on.)
On 9/14/06, David T. Borton  wrote:
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