- Producer: Café Granja La Esperanza
- Region: Valle Del Cauca, Colombia
- Type: 100% Arabica
- Roast Profile: Omni Roast
- Altitude: 1700 – 2000 MASL
- Process: Honey Sun Dried
- Varieties: Red Bourbon
- Flavor Notes: Cantaloupe, Peach, Tomato, Lychee
We bring you the first of two lots this year from Colombia’s most prestigious super-specialty producer – Café Granja La Esperanza. They manage 3 farms: Cerro Azul, Potosi and Las Margaritas. This lot is the exotic variety from Finca Las Margaritas – Red Bourbon. While it is not as delicate as Gesha, Red Bourbon is one of the most culturally and genetically important Arabica varieties in the world and is known for outstanding quality in the cup when grown at the highest altitudes.
Bourbon is one of the earliest cultivars of the Typica group. It was first introduced in 1860 to Southern Brazil. From Bourbon Island in the Indian Ocean (now La Reunión), where it was cultivated by French missionaries in the early 1700s, it later spread into South and Central America. Bourbon is known for its distinctively sweet and delicate flavours. The plants are fragile and don’t produce as much fruit as some other varieties.
This coffee was first fermented in open tanks for 19 – 22 hours. Following this, it was de-pulped without water and fermented in mucilage for another 35 hours. Water is a precious resource high in the Cauca Valley, so the producers work hard to reduce their water consumption by using this alternative process. After the second fermentation, the remaining mucilage was removed mechanically, and the cherries were dried in mechanical driers to achieve a moisture content of 11%. This carefully calculated process combined with our arduously researched roast profile creates a beautiful flavour landscape exhibiting delicate notes of cantaloupe melon, peach and lychee. The cup finishes with a unique, tangy tomato finish that ensures the coffee leaves a strong mark in your memory. The cup is further characterized by a creamy, buttery body and a lasting sweetness that remains on your palate for prolonged periods after you have finished your cup!
Your thorough enjoyment of this coffee will be a testament to the high degree of detail and hard work that has gone into producing this cup. Relish it!