Truckin' around central america

Early morning views from Finca Bella Aurora.

Early morning views from Finca Bella Aurora.

Earlier this year, we had an exciting opportunity to visit three prominent coffee growing regions in Central America: Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Guatemala. 

The beginning of the coffee tree at El Quetzal - Bendaña McEwan Estate in Matagalpa.

The beginning of the coffee tree at El Quetzal - Bendaña McEwan Estate in Matagalpa.

In Nicaragua, we visited three main growing regions: Matagalpa, Jinotega and Dipilto. We met with estate owners, small landowners and local co-operatives. 

All regions had much to offer but it was in Dipilto, one of the highest regions in the country, that we found the coffee we wanted to bring back to New Orleans. 

Coffee going through the washing process at a small Beneficio outside Jinotega.

Coffee going through the washing process at a small Beneficio outside Jinotega.

A worker carries a bag of coffee ready for shipment at a co-operative in Jinotega. 

A worker carries a bag of coffee ready for shipment at a co-operative in Jinotega. 

Bags are loaded up and ready for shipment at a co-operative in Jinotega. 

Bags are loaded up and ready for shipment at a co-operative in Jinotega. 

Overlooking the washing facility at Bella Aurora 

Overlooking the washing facility at Bella Aurora 

Luis Joaquín Lovo examining his coffee

Luis Joaquín Lovo examining his coffee

Workers look for coffee bean defects at the Lovo's mill

Workers look for coffee bean defects at the Lovo's mill

We are excited to be working with such exceptional coffee from an award winning family. 

As French Truck continues to grow, we hope to make the Lovo's coffee a staple at French Truck. 

 

Next, we moved on to Costa Rica...

Don Cesar Urena and his coffee at San Isidro de Leon Cortez in Costa Rica

Don Cesar Urena and his coffee at San Isidro de Leon Cortez in Costa Rica

This Coffee was hand selected by a few members of our French Truck team in Costa Rica back in March during the Harvest Season.

We visited Don Cesar Urena's Farm's in San Isidro de Leon Cortez, and were really impressed.  The area has its own Micro-Climate that is ideal for coffee growing, and its own natural water source.  All of this makes for a very special place that is lush and tropical.  Don Cesar only picks the ripest of cherries, which in costa rica is known as Toro de sangre or bull's blood.  He also has raised beds that the coffee's are dried on, allowing for greater airflow, which help the drying process.

Raised African Beds for naturally processed coffees

Raised African Beds for naturally processed coffees

Fresh cherries ready to be dried

Fresh cherries ready to be dried

Don Cesar is a very kind man, who takes great care of his coffee's, and we are really excited to be working with him and offer this Natural Coffee from his farm.  We were blown away by his attention to detail and the raw beauty of his farms.          

 The result is a fantastic naturally processed coffee that is very sweet and creamy.  His ripe picking techniques and raised beds also make this a very clean natural that is unusually refined for a naturally processed coffee. 

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"What struck me was the sophisticated organization of the farms. The coffee trees were easily 16 feet tall in places and in very organized rows. This creates very large yields and easy picking compared to some South American countries I've visited. The sophistication of the wet mills and drying beds also was impressive."

- Geoffrey Meeker

New Grand Cru's Have Arrived!

We are very excited to bring three new Grand Cru's to French Truck. It is always our goal to offer the highest quality coffee and these are no exceptions. We are offering two unique coffees that we tasted and selected during our origin trip to Costa Rica in March.


Don Carlos' SL28 is unique because it is traditionally a varietal found in Kenya. Notes of complex fruit, green grape and apple make this special coffee a must have!

We are also offering an exceptional Yellow Honey Villa Sarchi from Don Carlos' Finca Flor Del Cafe, another coffee that we tasted and selected in Costa Rica earlier this year. 

Finally, we are offering coffee from El Salvador for the first time. This Pacamara varietal is also a Honey process, giving it unique fruity notes. Currently, El Salvador is producing some of the best coffee in Latin America.


 

Public Cupping This Saturday
Try all three of these coffees and more this Saturday at our roastery located at 1200 Magazine Street in New Orleans, LA.


Cupping begins at 10AM / Space is limited!
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Cold Brew Season

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You have heard about our NOLA Style Iced Coffee, New Orleanians' preferred summer drink.

We blend our Premium New Orleans Dark Roast Coffee with fresh Chicory, and immerse it in water over night. The result is a highly concentrated, smooth tasting Cold Brew Concentrate. You can make it however you would like, dressed with fresh whole milk from Mauthe's Farm or Califia Farms Almond Milk along with a little homemade simple syrup. 

Our Premium Cold Brew Concentrate, available at both of our locations or in your favorite Whole Foods, Rouses or Langenstein's, is an easy way to start your morning from home! 

If you are not able to purchase our concentrate bottles, you can make it at home with any traditional home cold brew process, using our Nouvelle Orleans Chicory Blend.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

If you have been to our cafes, you have noticed our science-like contraptions sitting behind the espresso bar. The Oji slowly drips water over the coffee throughout the night, creating a unique tasting Cold Brew Concentrate. This slow drip method cuts down the acidity in coffee, making way for a very drinkable iced coffee. Our Oji Drip is the best way to enjoy your Iced Coffee, black with no milk or sugar. 

We rotate our offerings daily, focusing on our Single Origin Coffees from across the globe. If you want a little sweetness, an Ethiopian Sidama Ardi Oji is for you. For chocolate and a full body, our washed processed Latin Americans will give you that bold flavor. The Oji is a great way to try new coffees from across the globe and no two are ever the same!

Stop by 1200 Magazine St. or 4536 Dryades St. and try our Oji Iced Coffee for a new Iced Coffee experience!