It’s no secret that beautiful Caturras from Colombia are amongst our favorite coffees. San Agustín is famous for producing sweet and deeply fruited profiles, and this Yellow Caturra selection from Faiber is exactly that. In the cup we find blackberry, cream, and lemon zest.
El Tabor, San Agustín, Huila
1,750 - 1,800 masl
Hand picked every three weeks at peak ripeness. Floated and hand-selected to remove all immature cherries. Depulped. Dry fermented for 36 hours. Rinsed in clean water four times and left to drain for 15 hours. Dried on raised beds for 25-30 days.
This is our first year purchasing from Faiber, and we are very excited to have the opportunity to work with this coffee. He is a young producer who already has a ton of experience growing exceptional varieties which include, Gesha, Tabi, Typica, Pink Bourbon, and Yellow Caturra. This is the first year his coffee has been sold as a separated micro lot under his own name, and we are honored to have the chance to bring this stunning coffee to market. He is also a part of the new Monkaaba Initiative led by our dear friend Esnaider Ortega.
Monkaaba is a group of producers who have been selling their coffee to the specialty market for many years. They have collectively decided that they would like to be more autonomous in their coffee production, and have more involvement in its marketing and sales. Monkaaba is committed to helping producers throughout Huila by teaching them how to cup their own coffees and how and why specific coffees are either accepted or rejected by the specialty market. This group is currently working with growers of all levels of experience in San Agustín and Tarqui to cup and discuss in depth the challenges they are facing on the way to their goals and dreams. The early results of this program have been very successful.
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).
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.