Colombia La Esperanza.....
|Harvest||April - July|
|Flavours||Milk Chocolate l Guava l Brown Sugar|
Colombia is one of my favourite coffee growing countries. They produce amazingly high quality coffees with a huge flavour range and some flavour combos that you don't find too often. La Esperanza is one of those special lots.
This coffee is Warm and Welcoming. It is smooth and easy with a chocolaty body and a sweet brown sugar note. It has a soft, almost sweet grapefruit like acidity, and a hit of fruit flavour. What flavour? Freakin Guava!
From the importer:
Faiber Bolanos owns the 1.5-hectare farm La Esperanza, and manages a 2.5-hectare farm for his mother as well. He has been farming since 1998 and is a member of the small but mighty grower's cooperative called Asocoación Los Naranjos, which he joined in 2012. The group consists of about 50 smallholder farmers in and around the area of San Agustîn, Huila. Faiber is a third-generation producer and grows Pink Bourbon, Gesha, and Caturra coffee varieties.
The coffee on La Esperanza is picked and combined over the course of two days, and the lot of cherries is depulped the second day. It is then fermented for 24–72 hours, depending on the weather, before being washed clean and dried for 15–30 days in a solar dryer.
Faiber works as a coffee buying liaison for Los Naranjos, which has allowed him to improve his skills as both a coffee roaster and a coffee cupper.