As green coffee trading goes, we’re always on the lookout for those coffees that offer a little something extra to our roasters. This month we’re very excited to have secured a few limited volume, sustainably grown Colombia microlots for you from the Valle del Cauca Department of Colombia. Each of these family farms is producing high quality lots with great care that have been 4C certified under a “Common Code for the Coffee Community” that provides specific economic, social and environmental standards for strengthening coffee growing communities while protecting the surrounding ecosystems.
One of the new offerings, the Finca La Amapola, is produced by María del Socorro Tenorio Peña, a female grower whose experience spans several generations on her family farm. It is our pleasure to be able to offer this sustainable coffee from a female coffee producer along with the rest of these high quality, Colombian microlots from small family farms. Each one has performed very well at our cupping table and we’ve hand picked each of them for their unique profile and overall quality.
Okay, here’s what we’ve got!
Finca La Amapola
This microlot offering from female producer, María del Socorro Tenorio Peña, is a limited availability lot of Castillo/Colombia varietals from her family farm, La Amapola, which lies outside the capital city of the Valle del Cauca Department, Santiago de Cali. The farm rests at 5,900 feet elevation and has received 4C certification as a sustainable coffee producer. In the cup there are a few notable distinctions that make the La Amapola a bit different from our other 2017 Colombian microlots. Look for a comparatively stronger acidity (and nice snap to go with it), brown sugar sweetness and hints of jasmine and lemon—overall very clean and pleasant with a good, creamy body, great aroma and a nice finish. The lot is washed, patio dried and harvested from May to June and a second ‘mitaca’ harvest following from November to January. read more…. Finca La Amapola
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. read more…. Finca La Esperanza
We’re very excited to connect you with grower Neftali Fernández Gómez, chief operator of his family’s estate where a mere 5 acres of farmland is dedicated exclusively to producing this very limited environmentally friendly coffee. The lot is 4C certified as a sustainable coffee and is grown under strict standards that have helped reduce environmental impact and increase profitability. A small portion of Castillo, Caturra and Colombia varietals are grown at an average of 5,800 feet elevation, then washed and patio dried. The farm itself is located in close proximity to the nearby capital city of Santiago de Cali, founded in 1536 and currently home to over 2.4 million residents, making it the most populous city in the Valle del Cauca department. The cup has a great aroma, good acity, good creamy body and a nice snap. It’s accented by notes of tangerine and orange-citrus with a sweet caramel accent and finish. The main harvest runs from April to May, followed by a mitaca harvest in October to November. read more…. Finca La Loma Linda