The Collector

(5 customer reviews)

From: $18.00 / month


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Have you ever wondered what award winning coffees from international coffee competitions tasted like?  Have you ever tasted microlots that cupped at 90+ points? Are you looking for rare or unique coffees? We seek out only the best of the best for our Collector coffee subscription.

  • Coffee subscription billed at your chosen frequency
  • Our most complex and nuanced beans
  • Smallest lot sizes
  • Most variety
  • Sourced Globally
  • Highest quality, award winning, 90+ points, or otherwise rare/unique coffee
  • Coffees purchased up to 500% over index
  • Lightest roasts ranging from City through City+

*We roast our beans to preserve and compliment the flavors of origin. There will always be a bit of variety in our roasts in our continuing attempt to express the best that each bean has to offer.

“How many bags will I need per month?” you might be asking yourself. By our calculations, one person who drinks one cup per day will go through about two bags per month.

Additional information

Weight 12 oz
Current Coffee



What’s the best way to support coffee producers?  This is exactly the question Juan de Dios Castillo (the family’s agronomist) and his 4 siblings were looking to answer when they created J&M Family Coffee, a privately owned export company named after their parents Juan and Miriam (J&M).  Their first goal was to sell their parents’ coffee directly to international buyers.  It was a way to honor their parents who started cultivating coffee during their childhood with the income from the first family tailoring business in the town of Jinotega.

With this first goal completed, Juan de Dios Castillo decided to take the next step and start his own farm called El Pastoral, which has 150 acres of coffee production.  Cherries from Finca Pastoral are selected for more specialized processing rather than the more common washed processing.  This honey processed lot is a stunning example of the skill and commitment Juan de Dios has invested in the family business.

During the harvest, the coffee cherries are carefully harvested, sorted, and depulped.  Then the remaining seed covered in mucilage is transported to the dry-mill where the weather conditions are more stable for evenly drying coffee.  After drying is completed, the coffee is stored and later prepared for export at the same dry-mill.  This is a truly integrated model, in which J&M Family Coffee ensures quality control and traceability from farm to export.


Region: Farm located in the municipality of Jinotega within the department of Jinotega, Nicaragua
Altitude: 1100 – 1460 MASL
Harvest: December – March

Juan de Dios Castillo Aruaz (J&M Family Coffee, S.A.), Finca El Pastoral

Catuai, Parainema

Honey processed, depulped and immediately dried on raised screens in the sun

Organically grown

FLAVOR Honey, lemon, cherry, graham cracker
BODY Medium

Light – City

5 reviews for The Collector

  1. Maria Zaborina (verified owner)

    I first tried Modest coffee (the Collector) at the Farmers Market in Naperville and just loved the taste. So excited that I can continue to enjoy it in the fall and winter months as well! Great taste and flavor with mild citrusy undertones!

  2. Suzanne Kolars (verified owner)

    This coffee is so delicious, hot and cold! When I received the first bag, I noticed the roast date was only a few days before! I have never had coffee so fresh! I grind it and brew it in a french press. I make it extra strong and keep the brewed coffee in the refrigerator. I use this extra strong coffee to make lattes and iced coffees.I have never tasted coffee with a flavor so tasty and fresh. I want to drink it all day.

  3. Ronny Ewanek (verified owner)

    Just like Suzanne said, it’s pretty wonderful to get coffee that has been literally roasted just a few days at most.

  4. Max Bass (verified owner)

    Excellent quality. I always like a good light roast, and have been getting pickier over the years. I ordered online, came reliably, tastes great.

  5. Buddy Whittenburg (verified owner)

    I’ve been subscribed to “The Collector” for over 6 years now. It’s an incredible value. I originally subscribed because quality light roasts were rather difficult to find. I always enjoy the way Modest roasts their beans, and this subscription changes as they source new product. Being single origin and lightly roasted means there are always subtle flavors to suss out. Some roasts are perfectly smooth, others are presently different. It keeps coffee interesting with almost no effort on my part. A bag just shows up in my mailbox and I start brewing.

    In 6 years, with well over 100 bags of coffee delivered between various subscriptions, I’ve had a single shipment issue and was dealt with swiftly by excellent customer service. I recommend Modest to anyone that likes coffee and I recommend this subscription in particular if you’re fond of interesting single origin light roasts.

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