Colombia Finca La Esperanza

Grower José Alberto Sánchez Suárez of Finca La Esperanza is the sole producer of this single estate microlot from his family farm in Sevilla, Colombia within the Valle del Cauca department. Sevilla is located about 90 miles north of the capital city of Cali, which is home to one of our other microlot producers, Neftali Fernández Gómez of Finca Loma Linda. The La Esperanza is comprised of Castillo, Caturra and Typica varietals that are washed and patio dried; the farm itself lies at an incredible elevation of 5,700-6,100 feet above sea level. A small plot of the estate, roughly 8.4 acres, is reserved exclusively for the cultivation of the Esperanza microlot. This limited availability offering is 4C certified as a sustainable coffee and is grown under strict standards that have helped reduce environmental impact and increase profitability. The cup has good acid, a nice snap, a creamy body, great aroma and notes of molasses, orange-citrus and some sweet hints of sugar cane.The lot is harvested twice per year, once from April to May and a second mitaca from November to January.

Sevilla lies on the western slopes of the central mountain range, the Cordillera Central, not to be confused with the Andes which lie further west across the valley floor, separating Valle del Cauca from the Pacific. Sevilla farmers are principally known for growing a very high quality Colombian coffee, but many in the area also produce citrus, banana, sugarcane and yucca. While Sevilla is home to only about 48,000 residents, locals and tourists alike are able to enjoy locally grown Sevilla coffee in the city’s cafes, many of which are supplied by the plantations that rest at the city’s outskirts.

Valle del Cauca is bordered by the neighboring departments of Risaralda and Quindío in the north, Tolima and Chocó to the west and Cauca to the south. The region as a whole resides within the Cauca river valley, surrounded by dense jungle forests and a large portion of the Andean mountain range to the west which shields the valley from Pacific winds and dense, humid jungles on the other side of its peaks. Of the surrounding areas, the Cauca River valley is considered the most fertile in this part of the country.

A massive portion of the western Andes is protected reserve and part of the vast, Parque Nacional Natural Farallones de Cali, established in 1968. Within its boundaries, this 500,000+ acre reserve protects 4 distinct ecosystems, broken up by elevation into sub-Andean valley forest (200-1200m), dense Andean forest (1200-2000m), high elevation forest (2000-3500m) and the moors which reach to the very peaks at 3500m and above. The water flows from these peaks, in particular those flowing to the East, supply both drinking water and hydro-electricity to several regional municipalities, including Cali. The area is also home to numerous indigenous peoples and a multitude of large shade trees such as palm, ficus and rubber. The high humidity combined with a pristine soil-type known locally as “Chinchiná Unity Soil” and an average annual rainfall of roughly 118 inches per year make this an overall excellent locale for producing high quality arabica.

Here at Vournas Coffee Trading we have been lifelong supporters of environmentally friendly coffee and sustainable growing practices ever since we shipped our very first order. As specialty green coffee importers, we have never strayed from that commitment and it is our great pleasure to offer this 4C certified Colombian microlot, which conforms to a “Common Code for the Coffee Community.” 4C is a 27-point agreement that was developed with the assistance of coffee growers and farm holders worldwide. It’s guidelines codify specific economic, social and environmental standards for strengthening coffee growing communities while protecting the surrounding ecosystem. Included are also 10 specific unacceptable practices which must avoided. 4C certification is provided by FLOCERT who also provide Fair Trade certification through a hands-on auditing process at origin.

Cupping Notes: Good acid, body and snap. Creamy, great aroma. Notes of molasses, orange-citrus and hints of sugar cane.
Producer: José Alberto Sánchez Suárez
Department: Valle del Cauca
Variety: Castillo, Caturra, Typica
Processing: Washed & Sun Dried
Altitude: 5,774 - 6,119 ft (1760 - 1865m)
Coffee Grading: Microlot
Classifications: 4C
Harvest: April - May, October - November