Ecuador is one of our favorite regions to purchase coffee from. The coffees are always extraordinary and this specific lot is no different. It is filled with a deep concord grape juiciness. It coats your mouth like a marshmallow and finishes like the last drops of prosecco from your glass.
Region: Saraguro, Southern Ecuador
Farm: La Papaya - Lot 4 - Loja
Altitude: 2100 MASL
Processing Method: Fully Washed
THIS COFFEE WAS SOURCED WITH CAFE IMPORTS
"Hacienda La Papaya: the farm and guest houses owned and operated by Juan Pena. Don Juan (which is a very fitting descriptor, especially if you catch the ray of sunshine in his wide smile) is a multi-generation farmer, but he's very new to coffee: A former long-stem-rose producer, he started experimenting with coffee plants 5 years ago, when disastrous weather struck and wiped out his flower fields. Turning entirely to coffee, he has worked to develop as healthy, hardy, and horticulturally intentional a farm as possible, with a very well-nurtured plant nursery and a "garden of inputs" on the property. (The "inputs garden" is something new on me: He has coffee trees planted several yards apart and labeled with the fertilizer inputs they're given, to track the impact of the nutrients on growth and cherry development. You might not find it surprising to hear that the most purely chemical of the fertilizers had created the weakest and saddest looking tree...)"
— Meister (for Meister's full blog on Ecuador surrounding this exerpt on Juan Pena, click here)