David Berrio's farm is by far the most remote site we've worked with in Urrao. La Casita is a very small 1.5 hectare (3.7 acre) garden, and sits at extreme elevation. In the cup we find a lively acidity, with ripe peach, and berry-like complexity.
Hand-picked at peak ripeness. Floated to further remove defects. Held in sacks for up to two days. Transported by horse to the main road, then by car to the house and mill. De-pulped. Fermented underwater in stainless steel tanks for five days. Dried until moisture content reaches 10.5%.
David is a second-generation coffee producer. His farm was purchased by his grandfather about 15 years ago, and then inherited by his father. Today, the entire family works on the farm, with David helming management and processing. He is currently working on building a house on the farm to make processing more efficient and sustainable.
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.
The cost of getting a coffee from cherry to beverage varies enormously depending on its place of origin and the location of its consumption. The inclusion of price transparency is a starting point to inform broader conversation around the true costs of production and the sustainability of specialty coffee as a whole.