Well this one is UNIQUE with a capital everything. When we cupped this coffee for the first time, we all had to take a moment to gather our thoughts. The aromatics were honestly overwhelming... Basil, Rosemary, Berries of every description... Nestor Lasso is a complete rockstar of a coffee producer in Pitalito Huila, and we're honoured to serve his coffee this year. We're offering three of his coffees this season, and they're special. On flavour alone, they're some of the most stunning and unusual of the season. This Chiroso is a mutation of the Caturra varietal that is having an absolute moment recently. We think this one tastes strongly of basil, roasted rosemary, and a mixed berry cocktail. If you're feeling like you've tasted everything coffee has to offer, trust us, order this and you'll have another think coming! Truly unique.
We sourced this coffee with our friends at Falcon Coffee, who are on the forefront of producer empowerment in Colombia. You can read more about the producer and his story below.
This coffee comes from 24-year-old producer Nestor Lasso and the El Diviso farm. The farm covers an 18-hectare area comprised of 15 ha of coffee and 2 ha of forest area. The farm carries great diversity of varietals, currently home to Caturra, Colombia, Castillo, Tabi, Pink Bourbon, Red Bourbon, Yellow Bourbon, Bourbon Ají, Caturra Chiroso, Geisha, Sidra, Java, Pacamara. Nestor is using fully washed, semi-washed and natural methods, and uses parabolic dryers as well as raised African beds and some mechanical drying. 80,000 coffee trees grow here at a range of 1700-1850 meters. This coffee in particular is an Anaerobic natural process.
Producer Nestor says, “We are the third generation that has been growing coffee. Our grandfather, José Uribe, was the founder of the farm El Diviso. With the work of the whole family and constant savings we were able to build the infrastructure to process differentiated coffees; searching for better quality, both in coffee and in our lives. After a long trial and error period, we managed to standardise different processes, getting a better income in order to plant new varieties that allowed us to have better quality. One of our dreams is to produce specialty coffee that reaches all the world.”