Colombia El Imperio Washed Microlot
Cupping Notes: Mandarin Orange, vanilla, chocolate, honey
This is a washed microlot from 4 small farms: Fincas El Naranjo, la Toma, Flor Verde and Cana Brava, near the villages of Reyes & Sauce in the Narino region of southern Colombia. These farms are between 2 and 5 hectares in size at altitudes ranging between 1,600 and 1,850 masl and cultivate the varietals of Caturra, Colombia and Castillo.
The lot utilizes a traditional washed process. Ripe cherries are pulped and dry fermented for 24-36 hours depending on climatic conditions. The coffee is then thoroughly washed to remove an excess mucilage, which is broken down through the fermentation process. After washing the coffee is dried on a concrete patio in the sun for 5 days, after which it is transferred to a parabolic solar drier for a further 10 days, or until the optimum moisture content has been achieved.
The sub-region has excellent conditions for coffee cultivation due to it's proximity to volcanoes.
The wider Narino region is located in South-west Colombia, including the Pacific coastline and a border with Ecuador. Coffee is traditionally grown in the mountainous inland areas.
Sub-region: La Union
Farm Name: El Naranjo, La Toma, Flor Verde & Cana Brava
Plant Species: Arabica
Variety: Castilla, Caturra, Colombia
Coffee Grade: COL CA WA EXCO EP10
Growing Altitude: 1600-1850 masl