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El Socorro Java


El Socorro Java

Flavors of candied citrus, jam, and jasmine
This Java varietal is one of the many genetic coffee varietals that farmer Juan Diego De La Cerda has experimented with over the years at his farm Finca El Socorro in Guatemala. Java coffee plants are often substituted for the famed Gesha varietal in areas where coffee leaf rust is a problem, as it yields similar exotic and floral flavors. The Java varietal is ancient in heritage and comes from a strand of Ethiopian heirloom coffee. Dutch traders smuggled Java seeds into what is now Indonesia, where, at the time, the Dutch controlled coffee trade in Europe with their colonies called the Dutch East Indies. The island of Java was the largest in the colonies planted with coffee, and when this coffee arrived into European markets it became so synonymous with coffee that people simply ordered a cup of 'Java'. In the early 20th century a coffee leaf rust destroyed the majority of these old-world trees in Indonesia and was replaced with a higher yield, and more disease resistant, varietals, losing the flavor that made coffee famous. Until now... El Socorro Java is a unique flavor experience and shows us that some of these old varietals, that are nearly extinct, are truly special and need to be celebrated and protected.


For filter coffee we recommend 

1g of coffee to 16g of water by weight or 

1 tablespoon of coffee to 3oz of water by volume 

Grind Guide 

Every grinder is different, this guide will not necessarily give you the best results for you specific grinder. This is a comparative scale intended to help you discover the difference in grind settings for different methods and ultimately the best grind on your grinder. It works on a 1 to 10 scale, if you grinder has 10 grind settings and grinds from turkish (1) to french press (10) then you can simply use the guide recommendation and adjust to taste. If your grinder has 30 grind settings then you should multiply the recommended grind setting by three. For example if you are brewing flat bottom filter coffee (7) you should start with a grind setting of 21 on your grinder with 30 settings. 

1 finest to 10 coarsest 

1 Turkish

2 Espresso 

3 Moka Pot

4 Aero Press 

5 Hario 

6 Kalita, Cone Electric Drip

 7 Flat Bottom Electric Drip 

8 Chemex

9 Cold Brew, Toddy 

10 French Press

Adjusting Grind to Taste

After brewing, taste your coffee, if it is delicious, great news, enjoy! If it is lacking in some way, then adjusting your grind can be a great way to improve your brew. 

If you find your coffee to be flat, lifeless and have ashy or dry aftertaste you are probably grinding too fine and should adjust your grind coarser.  

If you find your coffee to be sour, papery or watery you are probably grinding too coarse and should adjust your grind finer.

For more tips, visit our Brewing page under the Learn tab.