Colombia Las Margaritas
Variety Yellow Bourbon
Process Hybrid Process
Altitude 1570 - 1850 masl
Harvest June 2021
Flavours Concord Grape l Honey l Pineapple

When I visited this farm a few years back I could tell that they meant business. The Cafe Granja La Esperanza family of farms are immaculate. Careful cultivation and a willingness to experiment with new and innovative processing techniques had set them apart from the competition.
This lot is an interesting one. It is fruity and fun with an unmistakable Concord Grape note that absolutely dominates the cup. I believe this is due to the  12-hour whole cherry aerobic fermentation in stainless steel tanks below 30°C prior to being pulped and then traditionally washed.
This hybrid process also allows some of the acidity to creep into the cup. For me this presents itself as a pineapple acidity that is balanced out by a lovely honey sweetness.

From the Importer:

Las Margaritas is owned by siblings, Rigoberto and Luis Eduardo Herrera, third-generation coffee producers, who come from a long-standing coffee-producing family. Their grandparents started their careers in coffee in 1945 at Potosi farm. After Juan Antonio Herrera and his wife Blanca Ligia Correa purchased the land with existing Typica plants, they added three more cultivars: Red Bourbon, Yellow Bourbon, and Caturra. It was then that Cafe Granja La Esperanza began.

When Rigoberto and Luis took over the family operation in the late '90s, they took on the labor-intensive job of pivoting the farms to organic production. Shortly after taking over, they purchased the land that is now Finca La Esperanza and expanded their organic coffee production.

Rigoberto and Luis have done major renovations to the farms during the past 30 years of ownership and management, planting new, exotic varieties throughout the 52 producing hectares of Potosi Farm. At Las Margaritas, they produce classic Colombian varieties like Caturra, Colombia, Tabi. As well as beautiful exotics such as Geisha, Sidra, San Juan, Mandela, SL28 and more. 

On top of industry-leading farm practices, they're also innovating the world of coffee processing, constantly exploring new techniques and processes to bring their coffees to a whole other level.

Granja la Esperanza has nearly 5 hectares of Sudan Rume planted at their Las Margaritas farm, nearby to many other exotic coffee varieties they've invested in. Though the yields are low and the Sudan Rume varietal is susceptible to disease, the cup quality is of exceptional quality thanks to meticulous attention to detail.