farm: Las Margaritas

producer: Rigoberto Herrera

region: Valle del Cauca

altitude: 1780 MASL

process: Java XO Anaerobic

varietal: Java

COLOMBIA

Java XO

Orange Cognac, Maraschino Cherry, Tropical Fruit

Regular price $85.00 $0.00

farm: Las Margaritas

producer: Rigoberto Herrera

region: Valle del Cauca

process: Java XO Anaerobic

varietal: Java

*IF YOUR ORDER CONTAINS OTHER NON-LIMITED COFFEE, THE ENTIRE ORDER WILL ROAST & SHIP TOGETHER ACCORDING TO THE ROAST DATE LISTED ABOVE.

ABOUT THE VARIETY
Java has been cultivated since at least the early 19th century, when Dutch traders introduced it (via Ethiopia) to the Indonesian island that gives it its name.
It was originally thought to be a Typica selection. But genetic fingerprinting of molecular markers has revealed that Java is a selection from an Ethiopian landrace population called Abysinia.
In the mid-20th century, it was brought to Cameroon observed that it was partially tolerant to coffee berry disease (CBD), a prevalent problem for coffee growers in Africa, and well adapted for smallholder growers using few inputs. After nearly 20 years of selection, it was released for cultivation in Cameroon in 1980-90.
It was introduced to Costa Rica in 1991 by the Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD) and seed were sent to the producing countries but it was never released for cultivation.

GRANJA LA ESPERANZA

Nearly a century old, and spread across five farms in Valle del Cauca and Cundinamarca, Colombia, Café Granja La Esperanza has taken great strides under the brothers’ leadership and forward-thinking vision. In the last decade, the farm has diverged from the traditional “C” market coffees to the more delicate and exquisite varieties coveted by the specialty coffee industry.
A Combination of curiosity, scientific rationality, obsession, and experimentation with coffee quality has allowed Granja la Esperanza to generate unique fermentation processes, drying protocols and dry milling preparations tailoring unique micro-lots with exotic varieties to Colombia.
The Java Variety arrived at Granja La Esperanza when they received the seeds from a previous trial to experiment with disease-resistant varietals. This trial had ended due to the long period of time and energy that new varietals normally take to grow and adapt to the region. Granja La Esperanza took the risk and decided to grow this varietal of coffee.

The seeds were taken to Granja La Esperanza and planted in different farms to evaluate the adaptation to different micro-climates.

This is the first release of this variety.

PROCESS

Anaerobic fermentation is a processing method that’s been growing in popularity with coffee producers due to its ability to intensely modulate the flavor in the final cup. Anaerobic fermentation occurs when coffee cherries or seeds are placed in an oxygen-free environment and allowed to ferment. To accomplish this, producers will place the coffee in containers which are then sealed and purged of oxygen. During fermentation, yeast, and bacteria convert acids and sugars found in the coffee into CO2, various organic acids, alcohol, and other compounds. Many of these compounds have aromatic properties, contributing to and altering the flavors in the final coffee.

Granja la Esperanza’s high picking standards ensure only the most immaculate and perfectly ripe coffee cherries are selected for processing. In this case, the cherries were placed in a container that was then sealed, purged of oxygen, and allowed to ferment for 120 hours at cool, ambient temperatures. From here, the cherries were moved to a mechanical drier for 24 hours to halt the fermentation and concentrate the flavors. The cherries were then placed on raised beds to dry as a natural process coffee.

This extended fermentation and drying as a natural process result in a cup that is intensely fruity with flavors rarely found in coffee. Floral tropical flavors of soursop and lulo play off of deeper red fruits like strawberry and maraschino cherry. The bright, juicy acidity balances perfectly with the syrupy body. An orange cognac-like aftertastes complete the experience. This is easily one of the best coffees we’ve tasted in 2020. 

 

*IF YOU ORDER OTHER COFFEES, THE ENTIRE ORDER WILL ROAST & SHIP TOGETHER ACCORDING TO THE ROAST DATE LISTED ABOVE FOR THE LIMITED COFFEE.


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