Emerald Series: Rodrigo Sanchez - Gesha

As a third generation coffee producer, Rodrigo runs his estate Finca Monteblanco with pride. In 2002, Rodrigo ran a program to help kids in his area with coffee production and taught them how to cup coffee. Rodrigo’s role in his community sparked an intense interest in coffee and made the production feel less like a job and more of a passion.

Coffee grower
Rodrigo Sanchez
Notes in cup
Ginger, Cherry Cola, Lavender
Colombia, Huila , Monte Blanco
Cold Washed
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The process
As Rodrigo continued in his production journey, he realized the estate was sustainable for increasingly sweet varietals such as Caturra, Bourbon, and then Gesha.

This Gesha was actually not native to his estate, but rather a gift from a friend. In 2015, Rodrigo planted the Gesha seeds and thoroughly tended to the plants year after year. At 7 years old, this Gesha is more than fully mature and bringing in a consistent and strong yield year after year.

Cold washed is an experimental processing method that Rodrigo and his team developed to utilize a cold room to prolong the fermentation on all washed coffees to increase complexity. The team at Finca Monteblanco designates all coffees with a high brix content of 28 degrees for cold fermentation. Once the coffee is sorted, it’s placed in grain pro bags and stored in a room of 50 - 55 degrees for 76 hours.

The coffee is then fully washed and dried in parabolic dryers for 3 days, then 23 - 25 days on raised beds in the shade.


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Why do you exclusively offer Colombian coffees?

From the very beginning of The Boy & The Bear – Coffee Roastery, our mission has been to uphold a commitment to genuine and transparent coffee processes. We take pride in meticulously overseeing the journey from coffee crop to your cup to ensure we serve nothing short of the best. Our dedication extends beyond coffee; it's about sharing our rich Colombian culture with our community. At The Boy & The Bear, it's not just about the specialty Colombian coffees. It's an immersive experience that encapsulates Colombian culture, its vibrant people, spirited music, and everything that embodies the positivity and liveliness of our country. As our founder, Andres Piñeros, beautifully puts it: "The Boy & The Bear – Coffee Roastery is a magical surrealism of the Colombian coffee experience and the culture that surrounds it." We invite you to savor this enchanting journey with us.

When will my ordered coffee be delivered to my doorstep?

At The Boy & The Bear, we're committed to delivering your coffee promptly. Currently, we process and ship all orders Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays ensuring a swift 2-3 day delivery service. Rest assured, your coffees will be freshly roasted just 1 to 4 days before they embark on their journey to your doorstep. We offer a flat-rate shipping fee of $6.99, making it convenient for you, no matter where you are in the US. Your coffee's journey to you is in safe hands!

Perfect brewing recipe for Filter coffee

At the Boy and the Bear, we pride ourselves on staying ahead of the industry and having a deeper understanding of coffee extraction.

Utilizing physics and data collected by ourselves and our colleagues, we have come to the conclusion that the ideal ratio for filter is 1 gram for every 17 grams (or milliliters) of water.

Our ideal beverage yield is:
10oz or 295 grams, to achieve this, we use 20 grams of coffee and 340 grams of water.

Since our coffees are a lighter development, we recommend using water in the 201° - 203°F. And remember, the better your water = the better the coffee.

For any further help or questions, email us or visit one of our cafes and ask one of our knowledgeable staff.

Happy sipping!

Perfect brewing recipe for espresso

While espresso can be a more involved extraction, a good starting point for all of our coffees is:

1:2; 1 gram of coffee for every 2 grams (or milliliters) of water.

In the cafes, we currently use 16 grams of coffee for 34 milliliters of extracted coffee at around 30 - 32 seconds in time with ideal water quality.

Since our coffees are a slightly lighter development than most, we recommend using water around 201 - 202°F.

To trouble shoot your espresso extraction, grind your coffee finer if the espresso is sour or coarser if it is bitter to taste. To increase sweetness, increase your yield. To increase body, reduce the yield.

For any further help or questions, email us or visit one of our cafes and ask one of our knowledgeable staff.

Happy sipping!

What is the ideal resting period for brewing our coffees?

When coffee is fresh out of the roasting process, the CO2 retention is at the highest point it could possibly be at. Within the first 4 - 7 days, coffee releases 90% CO2 and 10% nitrogen from the roasting process, making 7 - 14 days off roast the peak consumption time for filter coffee.

Espresso is slightly more forgiving and can still extract incredible flavors up until 6 weeks from the initial roast date.