Your choice of coffee makes a statement about who you are and what you stand for. We, the growers of Yauco Selecto Estate Coffee welcome you to our coffee and the culture that surrounds it. By drinking our coffee you have closed the circle that unites growers, roasters, retailers and consumers. This circle links many lives all over the world. As an estate coffee, Yauco Selecto strives to create an extended family, just as estate wines have, in which consumers know about and part of our experience.
HOW TO DESCRIBE THE TASTE
The best taste description that our consumers have given us is:
body - a heavy body flavor representative of highest quality in the Caribbean Region
taste - a creamy, almost buttery taste with chocolate undertones
aroma - a fragrant and strongly pleasant presence
uniqueness - Yauco Selecto offers a perfectly balance cup to be enjoyed all day long
HOW TO SAY IT
Yauco Selecto is our chosen name. Yauco is the dominant town of our region. The name is of Taino Indian origin and is pronounced "jow-ko". Selecto has the same meaning and pronunciation as the English word select.
WHY INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION
Yauco Selecto is enjoyed in over 20 countries on 5 continents around the world. Top roasters, retailers, and chefs from Italy to Japan, and from Alaska to Maine, have include our coffee as one of the top estate coffees in the world. We are humbled by the attention of the press and the growing consumer following. We work harder everyday to live up to this reputation.
WHO GROWS YAUCO SELECTO AND WHY WE DO IT
Yauco Selecto is a product of two farms (Hacienda San Pedro and Santa Ana) in the Southwest Mountains of the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico (a U.S. Commonwealth). The effort is farmer owned and controlled. Our objective is to grow a limited quantity (under 3,000 bags) of the choicest coffee available today. This is a small effort with big aspirations.
WHAT MAKES YAUCO SELECTOS TASTE UNIQUE
It takes a combination of nature, knowledge, and hard work to obtain this taste. In short, it takes:
The highest available elevations in Puerto Rico (up to 3,200 feet)
The nutrient rich clay soil known as alonso and malaya arcilloso
The use of old style aradica varieties which yield less coffee per tree of greater quality
Careful growing practices which include proper pruning, mixed cultivation, and soil conservation.
Selective picking practices and bean classification methods.
Processing the coffee in small batches similar to estate vineyards controls
A ten step quality control process focused on taste, appearance, and uniformity
An unconditional guarantee backed by a total from bean to export
- A network of responsible roasted and retailers who treasure our bean as much as we do.
A USA GROWN PRODUCT - FAIR WAGES AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
As U.S. citizens, our employees earns a fair wage and enjoy safe, federally monitored working conditions. Our environmental practices include a strict erosion control program, natural fertilization, and water purity preservation. These practices represent our commitment to grow coffee with great dignity and confidence.
A VIBRANT CULTURE SURROUNDING THE COFFEE
Expressions of the impact of our coffee culture locally include the "Acabe" Festival (our end of the crop celebration), as well as coffee serving as a dominant theme in our traditional music, poetry, visual arts, and our culinary creations
THE CONSUMER AS PART OF OUR EFFORT
We began this guide with an invitation to join our coffee culture. The information presented here meant to provide you a solid base from which to start your journey. If that is to include a visit to our farms, you are always welcome.
Your consumption of and enthusiasm for Yauco Selecto is our biggest motivation.
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