Santiago Caro is an extraordinary young producer growing one of the most exciting varieties we've come across in the last few years. In the cup we find nuanced citrus acidity of mandarin, tropical complexity, and a soft milk chocolate sweetness.
Hand picked at peak ripeness. Floated to further remove defects and depulped on the day of harvest. Fermented in stainless steel tanks for five days. Dried on raised beds until moisture content reaches 10.5%.
Santiago is an exceptionally talented young producer, currently only 24 years old. Ten years ago, his father made the decision to plant Chiroso, and what a decision that was! Chiroso has consistently placed in the Cup of Excellence in Colombia, and is quickly becoming one of the more sought after varieties in Colombia. For now, it is still primarily being grown in the region of Antioquia, but we expect to start seeing it spread soon enough. Santiago began producing coffee to help turn his family’s farm into a more viable business. With the quality of the variety they are growing, and Santiago's interest in processing, this is quickly becoming a reality.
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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