Pineapple, Jasmin and Orange Zest.Region: Valle Del Cauca
The farm of Las Margaritas hails from Colombia, a part of Cafe La Granja Esperanza, an estate created 40 years ago and to this day operated by the Herrera family in the Valle del Cauca region. Historically only growing Caturra and Typica varieties, the family diversified in 2007 by introducing several unknown varieties to their farm’s rich terroir of volcanic soil and altitudes between 1400 and 1800m.
Our bean is a Pacamara originating from research and selective breeding in El Salvador. This batch from Las Margaritas is only the third harvest ever made commercially available from Colombia of this variety, with the plot itself a mere 5 years old.
The care and attention taken in their natural process for this lot is worthy of note. The Granja team wait for 240 days after flowering before harvesting, after which the women carry out a second manual grading. The coffee is then left to rest in containers for 48 hours before drying for 28 days on cement beds. The coffee is then stored for three months before export to stabilise and reduce any astringency associated with freshness. The coffee is then quality controlled initially in a lab by the farm’s own tasting panel before grading in a special machine which aids sorting and avoids overheating of the cherries. The beans are then stored in 35kg grainpro bags.
Flavourwise, this coffee has the potential to work excellently but differently across various brew methods. You fans of a fuller bodied Aeropress should expect to find some boozy pineapple flavours enhanced while pourover lovers will enjoy the clean sweet florals of the jasmine and zest.