Variety: Caturra, Castillo
Origin: Huila, Colombia
Producer: Juan Carlos Quesada Maje
This is a special single-farmer lot from the Coocentral cooperative in Huila. Juan Carlos Quesada Maje is a 37-year old coffee producer, who works with his wife Gina Paola to grow specialty coffee and avocados on their 3 hectare farm El Morro. As a smaller operation - Gina Paola & Juan Carlos do almost every part of the process by hand - planting starts, pruning trees, harvesting ripe cherry, pulping and washing the cherry, and drying the parchment on raised beds. (They have a little help from Gina Paola’s brother during peak harvest). It’s a real treat to have access to micro-lots like this that represent the excellent work of individual producers - and we’re very glad that Coocentral is committed to making their members’ exemplary coffees available.
Flavor-wise, this coffee has a wonderful richness and complexity. We’re getting some blackberry vibes, along with a tart, concentrated sweetness that reminds us of dried plum or apricot. With coffees from Huila you never know quite where the coffee’s profile is going to land, and that’s part of the fun of exploring different lots. Juan Carlos and Gina Paola are undoubtedly experts in their craft, and we’re honored to be sharing their incredible coffee with the club. Enjoy!