Market Lane - La Estrella, Colombia (Filter)
Tasting Notes: Rich with blackcurrant and vanilla.
Recommended for Filter.
Origin: Urrao, Colombia
Process: extended washed
Producer: John Alexander Bermudez
Relationship length: since 2019
John Alexander Bermudez is a quality-focused producer. He and his family live on their 1.5-hectare farm where they do the majority of the farmwork, only hiring others to help out during the busy harvest season. This gives them great oversight, and enables them to be meticulous in both the coffee growing and processing stages.
John invests any premiums he makes on his coffee into updating the farm’s micro-beneficio (wet mill). This is the priority, rather than planting more trees, as the family is determined to grow the farm at a slow and steady pace, without sacrificing the high quality of their coffee.
At harvest time, the ripe coffee cherries are hand-picked, hand-pulped and then placed into a fermentation tank for 3–5 days. The coffee is then carefully dried over a period of 10–18 days.
This micro-lot is made up of chiroso variety beans – a variety that is native to the Urrao area, where the Bermudez family’s farm is located. Originally cultivated for its resistance to cool climates, chiroso is now also celebrated for its complex and floral cup profile. The special variety, combined with John’s careful processing, results in an exceptional coffee in the cup.