||Colombia Finca El Habano 386, 2012
||Origin: Southern Colombian state of Tolima, small town of Gaitania
||Varietials: Caturra, Typica and Colombia
Jose de Jesus Ramirez has produced coffee for over 10 years from his small farm of around four hectares, which works out at around 8000 coffee trees. For the area, this is one of the bigger farms with the average only being 3 hectares.
In the Central Mountain range of Colombia’s Andes Mountains, sitting beneath the Nevado del Huila within the Tolima province, lies the small town of Gaitania de Planadas. It's home to 50 coffee growers, with Jose being one of them. Nevado del Huila is an active volcano, with a summit which sits 5,365 meters above sea level.
Due to the volcanic activity of Nevado del Hulia , the area surrounding the Nevado del Huila is among the most fertile in Colombia and provides an excellent micro-climate for growing coffee.
The coffee pickers are paid higher premiums, which ensures only ripe cherries are collected. The producers depulp their coffee in fermentation tanks on the farms,making sure there is no time wasted between picking and processing. The cherries are naturally fermented for 18-20 hours in tanks, washed, and then dried on raised Indian beds.
The area of Gaitania has been an place of great unrest in past years. This is the epicentre of the gorilla fighting and drug wars of previous years, although there have been great improvements in recent years.
In 2009 the coop installed a full cupping lab in Gaitania where each lot of coffee is cupped and analyzed. This provides feedback to producers so they can see how their coffees taste and how they are developing. It also highlights amazing special lots like this one, which may find a special place with a smaller buyer such as ourselves.
So this is the second lot we had from Jose. You may notice the numbers, these signify the different days pickings he produced.
The reason we kept them separated was that they were hugely different. This is the amazing difference picking and processing has on coffee. But we selected it blind as a lot we enjoyed for different reasons so thats why we bought it.
In the cup this, for me, was clean, think water mellon with apricots and transparently bright. A delicious high acidity complex cup.
Coffee: Finca El Habano
Origin: Southern Colombian state of Tolima, small town of Gaitania
Producers: Jose de Jesus Ramirez
Farm Size: 4 Hectors
Varieties: Caturra, Typica and Colombia
Processing Method: Washed
Drying Method: Sun dried on raised indian beds
Harvest:Main: April – June
This is a medium so as not to kill the complexity.
"Quick Look" Guide
Clean, apricots, water melon, bright, transparent.
Good Filter: Yes, Good Espresso: Yes
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