We taste: Guava, Forest berries, Citrus peel
Region: El Rosario, San Agustin, Huila
Altitude: 1900 MASL
Harvest: July-August 2021 Mitaca Harvest
We are really happy to have Jhon's coffee back on our menu! This is Jhon's third harvest selling his coffee, and it keeps getting better every year. This harvest we find a lot more flavor development in his coffee which brings more clarity and balance. Its tasting really good with flavors of tropical fruit that remind us of guava along with citrus rind and great sweetness.
Two years ago, our friends and partners at Semilla purchased Jhons one-bag lot of Tabi. This was the first time Jhon had sold his coffee as a separated micro-lot and one bag is all that he could set aside due to financial and infrastructure reasons. The rest of his coffee he would sell "En Verde" which essentially means the coffee cherry was de-pulped but not further processed and dried. Buyers would then dry the coffee and sell it at a profit. We see this happen a lot in Colombia and other countries because simply the farmers need to receive payment faster. Seling this way requires way less labor and effort, but they often receive at times 50% of what the market price would be. Whereas in the current system for specialty coffee, to put in the work to process and properly dry the coffee to produce a better cup you may receive a higher price but the problem is when you receive that payment. Often times producers cant wait as long as it takes and in turn decide to sell their coffee "wet"
Last year, Jhon was able to increase his production from one bag to ten, and for this Mitica harvest, he produced five. It's crazy to think that someone with the capabilities to produce the level of quality Jhon has can be put in a position where the quality is never recognized and instead gets sold wet.
Stories like this clearly illustrate how the current system by which coffee is sold isn't working for smaller producers.
Cherries are collected every three weeks at peak ripeness and are floated to
remove underripe and defective seeds. The remaining cherries are left to ferment for
20 hours, before being de-pulped and placed in plastic bags for an additional
fermentation of 72 hours. The seeds are then rinsed and turned out on raised drying
beds to be dried for 26 days.
Farm Gate Price: 2,400,000 Colombian Pesos / Carga
FOB Price: $3.96 USD/LB
Our Price: 5.00 USD/LB
We roast to order every Tuesday and ship on Wednesday