~ Cocoa Nibs, Pomegranate, Raspberry Jam ~

Ecuador has consistently been one of our favorite origins to source from, but also one of the most difficult. Due to a limited supply and high costs of production, Ecuadorian coffee tends to be some of the most expensive coming out of South America. All that being said, sometimes it’s just worth it —the quality and flavor profiles are unlike anything else growing on the continent. We are happy to be able to offer you this gem from Finca la Florida. Deep berry and pomegranate notes give way to an extremely sweet chocolate aftertaste.

Notes on the farm/producer from our importer, The Coffee Quest Coffee Imports -

“Finca La Florida is located in Imbana, in the province of Zamora Chinchipe and sits at approximately 1,700 meters above sea level. The farm, owned by Don Vitaliano, is actually 200 Ha in total, but only 7 Ha are currently dedicated to the production of coffee. Within those 7 Ha, he grows Red and Yellow Caturra and Typica. The farm was originally dedicated to livestock, but the cattle were really being struck hard with different diseases and were dying off, causing him large losses. He was actually going to sell the farm, and leave the country side, but before he had the opportunity to sell, he received some technical assistance from the Ministry of Agriculture. They proposed that he grow coffee, but beforehand invest in proper drying beds and a beneficio, so that he could focus on quality. He planted his first trees in 2011 and had his first harvest in 2014. We had the opportunity to cup his coffee last year and to be honest, it needed work. However, we made some simple recommendations, he assured us he would take heed to those recommendations and the results are evident! Not only in this lot, but after our visit, and making the necessary changes (mostly better picking and slower drying), he won 1st place in the 9th edition of Bracamoros Coffee in 2017, with a point score of more than 87 points. Finca La Florida is in one of those rare areas of Ecuador that have two harvests: June to September (main harvest) and December to February (mid-harvest). Don Vitaliano is part of an association of producers called APEOSAE and he lives at the farm with his wife Carmen and together they have 6 children, 4 boys and 2 girls. He's quite the character and we are really excited to start working with him! “

Region: Imbana, Chinchipe Zamora

Producer: Vitaliano Merino

Altitude: 1700 meters

Varietal: Caturra

Process: Washed

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