This is the last of three new Honey processed coffees that we're rolling onto our offer list right now... It's also probably the highest-scoring in our opinion. It's what we would call a "pretty" coffee, and that's not damning with faint praise! It's just so multifaceted and refined. The sort of coffee that tastes different with every brew and every sip at every different temperature. We think the notes of Cherry, Mango, and Vanilla Pod will be the easiest to find. We've also tasted caramel, coffee pulp, coffee blossom, green apple, and hints of watermelon depending on when we tasted it. It keeps you coming back for more, again and again.
Our old friends (and Micah's old colleagues) at Ally are our importing partner on this one. We're really pleased that they've been able to work with Yeferson at El Tosoro for a couple of years now, and we're looking forward to more coffees from him!
Yeferson Olaya owns and operates Finca El Tesoro 1600 meters above sea level in the hills of Planadas municipality in the Tolima department of Colombia, 40 km from the municipality’s capital. Yeferson comes from a coffee-producing family, with his father Nolberto operating his family farm Finca La Cinta nearby. Nolberto is recognized in the area for his commitment to protecting the environment through his farming practices, and this commitment is carried on by the whole family, including Yeferson and his farm.
Yeferson’s family stresses the importance of using onsite materials and compostables from processed food to create blends of organic materials that will act as a fertilizer, quality booster, and immunity shield for the plants. They produce and mix calcium-rich ashes, mulch, and earthworms, as well as compost from coffee pulp and cane sugar molasses to create these agricultural inputs. Though the process requires lots of additional work and knowledge, this step is particularly important for them because it helps them to continue getting quality crops and good yields from all of the coffee plants.
Coffee cherries from El Tesoro are taken for processing at the nearby Finca La Cinta, which is outfitted with processing equipment and infrastructure to dry coffee, along with a quality control lab that contains a one-barrel sample roaster, a mobile stove, and cupping gear. Yeferson is a CQI Q Grader and assists his father with onsite quality control and feedback on post-harvest processes for all coffees processed at La Cinta.
This lot of Caturra from El Tesoro underwent Honey processing at La Cinta. Cherries are sorted in floating tanks to select only dense ripe fruit. The cherries are fermented whole in plastic tanks for 48 hours of aerobic fermentation. The fruit is then pulped and placed back into the tanks and sealed for 48 hours of anaerobic fermentation. The coffee is then rinsed and moved to the greenhouse drying area where it is dried for 20–25 days.