This is a crazy blend of varieties from Ernedis. This blend exists because these trees aren't yet producing enough coffee for full variety separation, so they were blended together to create an exportable amount of coffee. In the cup we find ripe fruits, citrus acidity, and subtle underlying florality.
Caturra, Java, Chiroso, Sidra
Hand picked at peak ripeness. Floated to further remove defects. Held in cherry for 24 hours. Depulped. Dry fermented for 38 hours. Washed. Dried in raised beds for 25 days.
Ernedis is an extremely dedicated producer who has worked continuously towards improving his farm and the coffees it produces for upwards of ten years. He has 14 hectares (~35 acres) of land, half of which produce coffee, and half he has kept as an untouched nature preserve. This lot is a really interesting blend of rare varieties. We are hoping that in the next couple of years Ernedis’ trees will be producing enough to separate these varieties, but for now we're excited to have a blend of coffees that, as far as we know, has never existed before!
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.
Caturra is a natural mutation of the Bourbon variety. It was discovered on a plantation in the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil sometime between 1915 and 1918. Today, it is one of the most economically important coffees in Central America, to the extent that it is often used as a benchmark against which new cultivars are tested. In Colombia, Caturra was thought to represent nearly half of the country’s production before a government-sponsored program beginning in 2008 incentivized renovation of over three billion coffee trees with the leaf rust resistant Castillo variety (which has Caturra parentage).
While the exact history is unknown, we do know for certain that the variety colloquially called Sidra is an Ethiopian Landrace variety.
Java was originally thought to be a Typica selection, but genetic fingerprinting has revealed that Java is a selection from an Ethiopian Landrace population called Abysinia.
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.