About the farmers
Johny Lemus cultivates Pacas varietal coffee trees on a 3-manzana farm (a manzana is slightly smaller than a hectare), and offers both a natural and a washed process. We chose this coffee because of its unique natural boozy fruit characteristics that pair really well with the traditional Pacas varietal flavour, which is considered an heirloom or native species of El Salvador. Johny is also cultivating a gesha coffee program, which we will definitely be on the lookout for.
Pacas is a fairly unique varietal, as it is a natural mutation of the Bourbon varietal, and was first discovered in 1949 on the Pacas family farm. Since then, it’s grown in popularity and now accounts for around 25% of El Salvador coffee production. The cultivation efforts have been quite successful, and since 1960 the Salvadoran Institute for Coffee Research has operated a program of pedigree selection to ensure stability and quality.
Johny Lemus and farmers like him in the Fina San Antonio coffee region have experienced a great deal of challenges with coffee leaf rust disease, and the road to recovery is slow and challenging. Some harvest yields are down by as much as 50%. El Salvador is in a sort of crossroads, as coffee farmers face hard decisions about what plants to cultivate in the incredibly rich volcanic soils. We hope we can help make that decision easier by buying coffee at specialty prices, to ensure an equitable distribution to farming families.
We think this coffee from Johny is exceptional, and we are thrilled for the opportunity to experience it. We are sure you will enjoy it as much as we have.
The Go Getter
Unique coffees with exciting and enticing processing methods, flavours and stories.
Looking for something different? This is for you. Bursting with character, unique flavours and processing methods, the Go Getter has something a bit different going on. Big flavours like punchy tropical booze, strong distinct fruits, green able and Irish cream stout. We pick these coffees to take you on a journey and tell a story.
Perfect for: Astronauts on a tropical beach at sunset with a boom box sipping coffee listening to early 90’s disco music where the outside of the nightclub is on the inside!
Best served as: Any brew method, but try it without milk to really get the most out of the experience.
Sounds like: What is love, by Haddaway.
Very high grade coffee and consistent bean size make for an easy roast.
It’s a very high grade and delicious coffee and thankfully it’s actually quite an easy coffee to roast. The consistent bean quality and size means the heat transfer in the roaster is smooth, and the coffee responds quickly to changes in the energy levels. Best roasted to a light espresso to keep the lemon brightness present.
Check out the Coffee Roasting Jargon post if this isn’t making much sense!
Green Coffee Questions
Coffee is as strong as you make it, and the roast profile has a pretty significant impact on that. Finding a coffee that sounds right for you starts with the tasting notes. If the tasting notes sound good, then you can make a strong tasting coffee with it. If you want flavours that are typically associated with “strong” coffee, like dark chocolate or toasty flavours, then keep an eye out for those tasting notes.
Experiment with longer roasting to develop more intense flavours.
Green coffee beans are shipped in a vacuum sealed food saver bag, and can be stored in the freezer to keep the coffee fresh for years. Once opened, keep the coffee stored in the bag it came in, and just fold it over to keep it fresh for up to a year or more!
The best way to store your roasted coffee is in a cool, dark place, right inside the Brightside coffee bag it came in. They’ve kept coffee fresh, and they do a pretty swell job of it.
Our lineup of unique coffees is ever changing, as coffee harvests arrive and make their way into Brightside roasters coffee roasters and brewers. We make sure we have a few different options to cover a broad range of preferences, so we are pretty confident you will find something you like.
But we understand that not every coffee will be to your taste. If you ever get a coffee that isn't quite right, or has missed the mark a bit for you, we will replace it for free. Email us at email@example.com and we will be thrilled to help you.
Or if you think you can get a better experience out of the coffee with the right knowledge and tools, check out our brew guides and roasting intel, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can get you up to speed on coffee roasting at home.
Coffee that scores 80+ out of 100 can be classified as specialty coffee, in line with the Specialty Coffee Association's guidelines. Scoring is based on the coffee quality, taste, flavor clarity and defects. All of our coffees are specialty grade. Sustainably and ethically sourced coffee beans from our trusted sourcing partners. Read about our coffee sourcing bare minimums here.
Green coffee beans are shipped in food safe vacuum sealed bags and will stay fresh in their packaging indefinitely/for several years. Once opened, try to keep the coffee in a cool dry place, and fold over the bag to keep the coffee fresh for a year or more.
Roasting can be a bit of a handful, and the more you dive into it the more complex it gets. Remember to keep it simple and just start experiementing and taking notes on what tastes good and how you roasted it.
For a quick run down on the most common roasting terms and what they mean, check out the Coffee Roasting Jargon post.
What's on the label
There's a fair whack of info on the label, and we are pretty keen on sharing as much as we can with you about every coffee we sell. The information is good, but we have specific reasons for sharing it, that can help you understand coffee better and roast and brew better coffee at home.
Single origins are coffees that come from a specific geographic area. But there are different levels of specificity around coffee origins, from a country of origin, to a growing region, co-operative, farm, and even down to individual lots of coffee trees on a specific farm. We source coffees from specific farms when possible, or co-ops for origins that have fewer facilities on farms such as Ethiopians or other high grown African coffees.
When we label our coffees for the shelves, we get as specific as possible so you know exactly where the coffee is coming from.
As we label coffees by farmer, or farm, it’s not always clear where the coffee is grown. The Origin is the country the coffee originates from.
Coffee trees come in many shapes and sizes, with characteristics adapted to the local climate, growing conditions and sometimes selectively bred in labs. These are called Varietals, and they can paint a picture of the coffee before you even taste it! (cross link to an article on varieties of coffee).
Elevation is the altitude the coffee grew at. Higher doesn’t mean better, but denser coffees usually come from higher altitudes. Denser coffees have higher concentrations of nutrients, which affects the roasting and brewing process.
Processing is the treatment of the coffee immediately after harvest. Washed, Natural and Honey are the main ones, but you might see some other funky ones from time to time like anaerobic fermentation, or pulped. The processing method affects the flavor profile of the coffee, read this 101 on coffee processing to find out how.
We rely on incredible, responsible and quality driven sourcing partners to broker coffees on our behalf in the market, and we want to honour that relationship by sharing their story and how it aligns with ours. All of our sourcing partners have a spotlight you can read about, so if a particular coffee really blows your mind, and you want to find out more about the source, check out the sourcing partners section.
The taste or tasting notes are what we all came here for. The unique flavour profile of every coffee is exciting. We want our tasting notes to reflect the coffee but also be inclusive and easy to understand. For green coffees, we supply the sourcing partner cupping and tasting notes, but for our roasted coffees we taste them and describe them ourselves, as roasting style has a big impact on the expression of the flavours in the cup.
The date on roasted coffee is the date the coffee was roasted. The date on green vac sealed coffee is the date the coffee was vac sealed. You’ll probably find the roast date out of the way, or on the bottom of the bag.
That's about all we could fit. Before you even open the bag, you can get a clear picture on what to expect, how to brew it or roast it to get the most out of it. The anticipation of opening, smelling the coffee, grinding it and brewing is overwhelming, and it all comes together in that amazing first taste of a new coffee experience worth sharing.