(Picture provided by Café Imports)
Farm: Various small holder farmers
Processing Method: Washed
Cupping notes provided by Café Importers: "Dark chocolate, lemongrass and nutmeg flavor, sweet and citric with a creamy mouthfeel."
This is not your Juan Valdez. The chocolate tones makes this coffee a fan favorite and an all around great tasting, everyday coffee.
In an effort to be a better partner to our coffee-farming friends in the South of Colombia by buying more of their fine coffee and paying a premium better than they can find in the local market, we are strengthening our relationships while simultaneously introducing a product to Specialty Coffee roasters that is solid, flexible and relatively inexpensive. This is a win-win for producers and roasters, and ultimately the consumer.
The average coffee farmer in Cauca, Huila, and Nariño has about 1.5 hectares of coffee land and will produce about 50 bags of coffee per harvest. During the few months of harvest season, he or she will bring to town on a Saturday 10 or so bags of pergamino, or parchment coffee, to sell. We pay a premium based on cup scores. Higher score equals higher premium: 90 points is over 4 times market value. Above 88 points means a microlot premium, and 86 points equals our Regional Select premium.
Before Gran Galope, the other coffees, anything below 86 (that's where most of the coffee lies), received the FNC price or the posted street price. In today's market of about $1.20, this standard price is simply an unfortunate break-even price for an entire year's worth of what we all know is hard, committed, and disciplined work.