Our last release from this round of Chirosos from Urrao concludes what has been the best season for this region, variety, and group of producers we've ever seen. In the cup we find excellent acidity, tropical fruit, and a hint of florality.
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 in open-air tanks for five days. Dried until moisture content reaches 10.5%.
Jorge recently took over the management of his family's farm from his father, who, in turn, inherited the farm from his father. Jorge wasn't initially interested in managing the farm, as he didn't see it as a viable option to support the family. He instead worked as a day laborer in town and for his neighbors. It wasn't until very recently that coffee prices rose enough to allow Jorge to start focusing on the farm as the primary source of income. Since then, he has dedicated himself solely to increasing the quality of his production.
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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