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Wilton Benitez Orange Bourbon is Back!

Guess who’s back? Wilton Benitez Orange Bourbon! Many of you have been asking when/if this special orange bourbon coffee will be back and today is your lucky day. Our 2024 crop has arrived! There is no shortage of amazing coffees coming from Wilton Benitez but this one quickly became a crowd favorite and for good reason. It’s super creamy with tasting notes of fruit stripe gum, orange dreamsicle, candied almond, vanilla, and melon. This lot is an Orange Bourbon varietal, a natural mutation where the coffee cherries are orange when they ripen rather than the typical red color (and they tend to be even more fruity then their Red Bourbon counterparts). It’s truly another memorable and unique coffee experience from a very talented producer. We highly recommend snagging a bag today!
Wilton Benitez is at the forefront of innovation in coffee processing and is doing amazing things to create unique and masterful flavors. He is a chemical engineer turned high-end coffee grower and his science background, coupled with decades of experience in coffee growing/tasting, have led to some of the most unique and nuanced coffees we’ve experienced. Processing of this Orange Bourbon lot started with sterilizing selectively harvested ripe coffee cherries with ozonated water and ultraviolet light. The coffee is then immersed in water heated to 90 degrees Celsius to achieve better sterilization and open the fruit’s pores. Microorganisms are added during the first phase of fermentation taking place in anaerobic bioreactors. The skin of the fruit is then removed and a second fermentation phase takes place. The coffee seeds are then subjected to a thermal shock (first a high temperature to swell the beans, allowing the unique flavors and aromas from the initial anaerobic yeast fermentation to penetrate the seeds, then a cold temperature to constrict the beans and lock in those unique flavors and aromas.) The washed coffee is then taken to ecological drying equipment where the coffee is dried 36 hours or until reaching the desired humidity of 11 percent.
Learn more about JBC, five time Good Food Award winners and named one of the best coffee roasters in the nation by Forbes and Gear Patrol with over 340 90 plus rated coffees at the Coffee Review. The Chicago Tribune called JBC one of Wisconsin’s standout roasters and the Daily Meal said our espresso will elevate your mornings. We are focused on quality-driven, sustainable coffees.

Unparalleled quality, a human story, and sustainability – that’s our coffee philosophy.

  • Unparalleled quality. We won’t buy a coffee unless we know that it will inspire you.
  • A human story. Often times a producer’s story gets lost in the coffee supply chain. It’s our focus to provide a seed to cup experience, honoring everyone involved.
  • Sustainability. We purchase sustainable coffees directly from producers and through brokers who share our goal of making coffee a sustainable commodity. Financially and environmentally, the coffees we purchase seek balance.