We continue to explore Urrao because we are completely enchanted by Chirosos from this region. Yeferson is a 22-year-old, third-generation producer, and this expressive cup brims with mango and passion fruit, a white peach florality, and exhilarating acidity.
Hand-picked at peak ripeness. Floated to further remove defects. Held in sacks for up to two days. De-pulped. Fermented underwater in stainless steel tanks for five days. Dried until moisture content reaches 10.5%.
We have been exploring and building a buying program in Urrao for several years. The region is remote, difficult to get to, and subject to paramilitary activity––to name only a few of the challenges. It has been one of the more complicated regions for us to get something going in, but this year we finally found some traction, and the coffees have performed well above expectations. Yeferson is a new, young, and very motivated producer that has decided to start working with us on this project, and we're thrilled to have the opportunity to present his coffee.
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 unfortunately we 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.
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.