Mike and I came across Three Ships Coffee’s Finca La Joya by way of our brew pal in the #Coast2CoastRoast Coffee Swap Community program. April, 2017 was our first month participating, and we were not disappointed at all. I highly recommend joining. Once you sign up, you commit to sending one 12-16 ounce bag a month to the brew pal you receive from within the community. Your pal is new each month, and it’s specialty coffee- not store bought stuff you could get anywhere.
Local is preferred. It’s free to sign up, but it must be a real bear to run the database that supports it. Anyhow, as long as you send your coffee, you’re good. So far (and I know it’s only one month), it’s been terrific. Great coffee. Great partners. Great program. So, we received Three Ships Coffee’s Finca La Joya.
From their site: “Santiago Crespo produces this coffee at his single farm micro-lot in the Gonzanama region of Loja. He harvests a huge mix of varietals during August and September. He does a dry fermentation process for 24 hours, before the coffee sun-dries on raised beds for 8 to 15 days. Cupped throughout the entire harvest, each of Crespo’s lots tastes as excellent as the last. Finca La Joya offers a delicious blend of sweetness and spice, with a cool and clean finish.”
The Packaging. Our Brew Pal sent us two 8 ounce boxes- conveniently it was one for Mike and I each to share. He really spared no expense to get us the best stuff near him. Three Ships is in Virginia, and is apparently very close to the coast. Our Pal also threw in a sleeve from the cafe for us to look at and enjoy. The boxes were simple and clean- very easy on the eyes.
Once opened, the bags inside had no marking as to what kins of coffee they contained. Unless you kept the box, you wouldn’t know what coffee it was or what the tasting notes were supposed to be. Also, once opened, the bag didn’t reseal. It had some branded tape on the top of it, but the tape ripped the bag and wasn’t sticky any more after opening. I was unsure if they wanted me to use that sticker, or if I should transfer it into another especially designed coffee container. At this point, that’s what I would recommend- if you have such a device.
The Coffee. From Gonzanama City, Ecuador and grown at around 6,000 feet, Three ships gave tasting notes of sweet nectarine, clove, and lingering cantaloupe. I definitely got the nectarine early and a little more clove as the cup cooled. I tried it in a Hario V60 at a 15-1 ratio, and an Aeropress at both 15-1 and 10-1 ratio. 15-1 was my preferred ratio, and I thought the pour over method was superior to the press. Mike brews his in the new Blue Bottle Dripper, and said he really enjoyed the flavors. He recommended Three Ships for their coffee and a great Christmas theme song.
The Conclusion. while the branding on the packaging was very clean and crips, I would have liked to see a little more functionality from the bags the coffee came in. The great coffee inside was surely worth of taking a little better care of it. In simple terms, it was delicious. It was a coffee that you want to drink black, without any additives that would distract from the flavor profile of the cup. Not blueberries to the face, but still very good.