Tasting Notes: Chocolate liqueur, pomegranate, vanilla.
SCA Cup Score: 87 What does this mean?
Producers: Cafe Granja La Esperanza
Farm: Las Margaritas
Varietal: Red Bourbon
Growing Altitude: 1570-1850masl
What is it good for?: This is an exceptional coffee that makes a rich, exciting espresso. Wonderful in a Cortado.
Additional Notes : A coffee from Cafe Granja La Esperanza. Known around the world for their exceptional quality and attention to detail. This coffee brings lots of interest to the palate and is their only Honey Process coffee. A real treat!
Cafe Granja La Esperanza manages 3 farms: Cerro Azul, Potosi, and Las Margaritas in eight distinct microclimates located in three mountain ranges in Colombia, which gives the experienced agronomists behind Cafe Granja La Esperanza plenty of room to experiment with a number of variables, such as microclimates, processing methods, and varietals. The team at Granja La Esperanza is driven by a combination of science, business, and an obsession with quality coffee. The team creates milling and processing protocols tailored for each distinctive microclimate and varietal.
Bourbon is one of the most important varietals globally, stemming originally from the Ile de Bourbon, now known as Reunion, in the Indian ocean. Beans are given an initial 19-22 hour fermentation before being depulped without the use of water and fermented for a further 35 hours in the mucilage that remains. Dried using a mix of both patio and silo, the coffee is constantly yet slowly moved around different drying layers to ensure the correct results are achieved.
The staff is so dedicated to quality and research that they recently spent two years studying the famous Geisha varietal in Boquete Panama, on a property adjacent to the famed Peterson Esmeralda farm, before becoming the first producers to bring the varietal to Colombia at their Finca Cerro Azul in Trujillo. Their dedication to quality goes so far that coffee harvesters must demonstrate a level of excellence during a five month training period before being qualified to pick the Geisha cherries at the peak of ripeness.
In addition to winning the Triple Crown Award at SCAA in 2012, coffees from Cafe Granja La Esperanza were also used in competition by the winners of the Brewer's Cup and Roasters Choice Awards. Their hard work was described as an unrelenting quest to steadily obtain the most perfect cup of coffee" and this coffee is proof of their success in this quest.