German Quito, Colombia
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Roast Level: Light
Process: 36 hours fermentation, fully washed & dried on parabolic beds
Varietal: Caturra & San Bernardo
Roaster's Notes: Another incredible micro-lot from Colombia. With much of the sweetness we saw in our Francisco Cuchimba lot, this has more even more floral, rosy notes with a brown sugar sweetness and touch of orange. A cracking filter coffee.
Producer: German Quito
Region: Inzá, Cauca
Altitude: 1,750 metres
This microlot was produced and processed by German Quito, a smallholder member of the ASORCAFE - Inzá, Cauca producer group. German’s small farm, Finca La Primavera, lies at 1,750 metres above sea level in one of Colombia’s prime coffee growing terrains. The municipality of Inzá is located in the corner of the Department of Cauca, bordering with Tolima and Huila and looking out to the west over the Pacific Ocean. Situated on the “Macizo Colombiano” (the Colombian Plateau), which surrounds the high peaks of Tolima and Huila, the region is an important source of water and wildlife, in addition to being prime coffee growing land.
German’s efforts as a coffee farmer are helped along significantly by these optimal conditions, but perhaps even more important is the support he receives from the producer organisation to which he belongs. ASORCAFE represents, in total, some 450 producers from across the Department. This specific lot, however, has been selected only from German’s production this year. Every single producer delivering to the group has their lot cupped by the Association’s cupping lab in Pedregal.
However, encouraged by our partners in Colombia, Santa Barbara Estates, the group has also begun to reserve those lots that cup even higher than 85 points or that demonstrate exceptional or unique qualities. These stringent standards result in identifying very small, very special microlots, such as this one, being made available for export. Producers who achieve microlot status also receive very good premiums based on the price their coffee earned.
The association of coffee growers, ASORCAFE, was founded in 2004 by 10 coffee growers with an entrepreneurial spirit who were tired of private parchment buyers who were paying them below national prices. The region’s violent past, with a heavy presence of FARC guerrillas, had historically prevented the FNC (Colombia’s excellent national coffee board) and specialty-focused exporters from establishing a presence in the region. As violence has diminished, it has enabled the growers in the region to seek increased access to markets for quality, not only taking advantage of the region’s wonderful coffee-growing conditions but also the economic resource that nearby tourist destinations bring (for instance, the World Heritage Site “Parque Nacional Arqueológico de Tierradentro”).