||Colombia Finca La Chorrera Washed Caturra 2015
This is our third year of working with this farm, although the first year's lot was so tiny it never made it to the website and was sold as an exclusive to one of our wholesale partners. Luckily, this year we focused a little bit more on the farm: we cupped a lot more pickings and found a little more coffee.
Carlos sent us every days pickings to cup. Everything that scored over 86 points on the cupping table we bought, anything below was sold for commodity. This meant we had to pay a premium for the coffee, but I think its worth it. It also meant we had some coffees that scored over 90 which will become the "reserve" from this lot.
The farm is located near to the city of Pitalito. It's in the south of the department of Huila, in the valley of the Rio Grande de la Magdalena, which is 180 km from the capital of Huila, Neiva. It is known as "The Valley of Laboyos." It is also the second largest city of the department of Huila at approximately 125,000 inhabitants, and is considered one of the largest coffee producers in Colombia.
This farm is located on top of a mountain at 1,735 meters above sea level. The farm contains 70% Caturra (this lot, which is 25000 plants) along with 20% Colombia F6 (7000 plants), and the remaining 10% is Castillo (2000 plants). The farm consists of 8 hectares, of which 6 are planted with coffee. The other two house the mill and inaccessible mountainous areas. The family house, which is also used for drying, is at the bottom of the hill at around 1,400 metres above sea level.
I took some amazing pictures on my trip in 2013 so take a look here, and some more on my trip in 2014 too here!
The farm is owned and run by the Claros family; Pedro, his wife Nelcy, and their six children (Alberio, Edilson, Sandra, Hermes, Diana, and Monica). It's a real family business, with everyone pitching in to the farm to make it work.
The drying patio was one of the most amazing things I’ve seen, with a green house built on top of the house so it could be kept turning regularly but also to make sure no one steals the coffee; not so much of a problem at this year with market prices being low, but it was a real problem over the last three years. Of course, Pedro doesn't have to worry about market prices; he always get a premium because he consistently gives quality, but black market coffee goes to the highest market bidder.
In the cup expect a lovely creamy mouthfeel followed by a super balanced green apple acidity, and black tea and floral notes with an aftertaste that's sweet and just goes on and on.
Nearest Town: Pitalito
Farm: Finca La Chorrera
Owners: Claros Family
Altitude: 1,735 m.a.s.l.
Farm Size: 8 hectares (6 of coffee)
This is a medium so as not to kill the complexity.
"Quick Look" Guide
Creamy, balanced, green apple, black tea, floral, long aftertaste
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