This is our first release from producer Pepe Jijon and his farm Finca Soledad in northern Ecuador. This coffee's profile is as inspiring as its story. Pepe's farm is bio-dynamic, and this particular lot implements one of the more interesting processing techniques we've seen. The profile stays remarkably clean and vibrant, reminiscent of profiles from Kenya or the best of Espírito Santo. In the cup we find currants and hibiscus with a very lively structure.
Hand picked at peak ripeness. Floated to further remove defects. Held in cherry in open tanks for 12 hours. Depulped. Dry fermented for an additional 24 hours in sealed bags with mucilage. Washed. Dried on raised beds.
Pepe Jijon is a inspiring producer with an inspiring farm. Finca Soledad is a bio-dynamic organic farm with some of the most biodiversity we've ever seen. He produces only Sidra, Gesha, and Mejorado on a 4 hectare (~10 acre) parcel of land nestled within 120 hectares (~300 acres) of cloud forest. Soledad is also a community-oriented project where Pepe and his family support and employ single mothers who have been abandoned by their husbands.
Mejorado is a very unique variety mainly grown in Ecuador. Though it is colloquially known as Typica Mejorado, we now know—due to genetic testing by World Coffee Reseach—that it is actually a Bourbon variety cross-pollinated with an Ethiopian Landrace variety.
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.