Grower: Smallholder farmers
Elevation: 3300 ft.
Colombia Cauca is a community lot produced by smallholder farmers of the Cauca region, located in the southwest corner of Colombia. The coffee comes from Banexport, a Colombian exporting group that works with smallholder producers not only as exporters but also true developers of quality: a significant part of Banexport’s mission is to offer support and technical assistance to farmers, in an effort to help them improve quality and yields in order to earn higher prices for their crop.
This Natural is a small lot processed on an experimental basis in order to control and study best practices for creating a near-perfect product. The coffee is given meticulous sorting to ensure that only the best cherries make it to the drying phase. Only coffee cherries that are picked when perfectly ripe hold the highest quality potential. Under-ripe or over-ripe cherries will cause defects in the final cup and will tarnish quality if they are not sorted out. The philosophy at Banexport is to start with these perfectly ripe cherries in order to optimize the quality potential of the coffee, therefore stopping problems before they start. After sorting and processing, the coffee was dried on raised beds for about 22 days.
The obsessive focus on quality shines through in this Cauca lot; we taste notes of grapefruit, cherry cordial, and milk chocolate in this syrupy, juicy cup. This limited-time offering is superb hot or as a cold brew; Be sure to try it before it’s gone!