This 100% Catuai is a continuation of the varietal separation from Isaias Fernandez. We'd like to thank the Isaias, San Vicente, and Collaborative Coffee Source for helping facilitate this challenging and labor intensive process. It inspires and challenges us, as roasters, and allows for the very unique opportunity to experience coffee varietals in a very controlled and targeted way. In the cup we find yellow tropicals, darker berries, and a baking chocolate structure.
Hand picked at peak ripeness. Floated to further remove defects. Depulped. Dry fermented for 24 hours. Washed three times in clean water. Dried on raised beds for 16 days.
Isaias is a talented and experienced specialty producer. He is a third-generation coffee producer that works this farm with his father, brother, and nuclear family. It is extremely exciting to have the opportunity to work with three different varieties from the same farm, and this only exists because of the dedication of such producers and the vision of our exporting partners. Projects such as this are one of the many reasons why we love the region of Santa Bárbara, and our partnership with San Vicente. The ability to do fun and creative things with lot separation is truly remarkable, and really allows us the opportunity to explore the possibilities of coffee production. This partnership with the mountain of Santa Bárbara and San Vicente continues to be one of our main philosophical coffee buying commitments, and we will continue to work very hard to develop such partnerships in order to support this very special region as much as we can.
Catuai is from the Typica-Bourbon lineage. It is a cross between Mundo Novo and Caturra. This variety type is high yielding in comparison to the traditional Bourbon variety. Because of its smaller size the plants can be more closely spaced, meaning it can be planted at nearly double the density while maintaining high cup quality. This characteristic makes it a very good option for producers.
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.