250g, Whole Beans
Fresh crop back in, Sweet and bright with smooth notes of caramel and nectarine. A Colombian legend!
Farm: Finca Loma Verde
Varietal: Caturra, Colombia
Process: 48 hour fermentation, fully washed and dried in silos at 40°
Altitude: 1800m above sea level
Owner: Echavarria family
Region: El Vergel, Antioquia
The farm at the heart of the Echavarria family’s Santa Barbara Estate, Loma Verde covers 75 hectares of prime coffee growing country in the beautiful Colombian province of Antioquia. The coffee is selectively hand harvested and brought up to the highest part of the road using cable cars. From there, it is delivered to the family mill at La Joyería. Each lot is composed of two days worth of picking; the coffee picked on the second day is added to the first after 24 hours fermentation and then left to ferment in the tanks for a further 24 hours. In this method of fermentation, the second batch raises the ph level of the fermentation tank, permitting longer fermentation times without the acetic acid produced by bacteria at a lower ph level.
Santa Bárbara Estate employs 60 people year round, who on average earn 30% above the minimum wage. Half of these also receive free housing within the farm for themselves and their families. A further 1,200 pickers are hired during the main harvest, comprised mainly of farmers from around the Santa Bárbara Estate who pick coffee to supplement their income. Workers are generally long-term employees and have been with the company for more than 10 years.
The Santa Bárbara Estate also runs an extensive scholarship and financial aid program for worker’s children as well as helping long-standing employees to acquire their own piece of land upon retirement.
With its lovely sweet, smooth and bright profile, Loma Verde is a great example of why we love these Antioquia coffees so much.
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