This coffee from Jhon Alexander Bermudez continues to have one of the most unique profiles we've found in Colombia; far more reminiscent of a profile we typically only find in southern Ethiopia. In the cup we find ripe peach, very bright acidity, and hops.
Hand-picked at peak ripeness. Floated to further remove defects. De-pulped on the day of harvest. Fermented underwater for eight days. Washed. Dried on raised beds until moisture content reaches 10.5%.
We've spent years trying to develop a project in the Urrao region, and this year, we can see the results of our work starting to take shape. Urrao has long been one of Colombia's most exciting and under-represented coffee-growing regions. Though remote and historically challenging to work in, Urrao presents extraordinary potential for cup quality through its extreme altitudes and the coffee variety grown there: the Ethiopian variety known colloquially as Chiroso. Jhon Alexander Bermudez lives on his farm with his wife and their two young daughters, working together as a family to keep the farm going.
Chiroso is a new variety being grown primarily in the region of Antioquia, Colombia. We only started hearing about its cultivation a couple of years ago, but because of its cup quality potential it is beginning to spread. The variety has been genetically identified as an Ethiopian Landrace, but we unfortunately cannot get any more specific than that at this time. We have been working very hard building a buying program in the region of Urrao specifically around the variety of Chiroso. We still don't know where or how this variety came to be cultivated in this particular region, but its cup quality is extraordinary. We will be working with our exporting partner The Coffee Quest to continue developing this project, and hope that we'll be able to bring you more of this special coffee from this special region year after year.
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