Regalia Coffee - Felipe Luzon, Ecuador
ZAMORA-CHINCHIPE IS A NEW REGION OF THE WORLD FOR US. FELIPE'S COFFEE STOOD OUT FOR ITS LOVELY MALIC AND PEAR-LIKE QUALITIES, AND FOR ITS SUPERIOR BALANCE. WE'RE IN LOVE!
Finca Los Eucaliptos is located in Palanda, Zamora-Chinchipe, Ecuador and run by Felipe Luzon. The farm sits at an elevation of approximately 1,600 m.a.s.l. and consists of 6 hectares in total and 18,000 trees in total. Of those 18,000 trees, 7,000 are Typica Mejorado (5 years old), 7,000 trees of Typica Mejorado (1 years old), 3,000 trees of Nestle F1 and a small plot of Typica (traditional). This lot is comprised of 100% Typica Mejorado. Thanks to his parents, Felipe has always been passionate about coffee! He planted his first trees when he was 8 years old and harvested his first cherries when he was 12. Coffee has been a crop that has consistently generated income for his family and for that reason, he takes great care and pride in his production.
Approximately 5 years ago, he joined “Recambio Generacional”, a project promoted by an association of producers that he belongs to in the region. The project was designed to incentivize younger producers to plant more coffee. Within this project, he received the first 7,000 seedlings of Typica Mejorado. Seeing results in the first trees, he then decided to plant the additional 7,000 trees.
During the week, Felipe employs 6-7 workers to help with the harvest. When the cherries arrive at the wet mill,they are floated to remove over/under-ripes and then washed with clean water. After rinsing, the coffee is de-pulped and left to ferment in sacks for upwards of 60 hours. The coffee is dried in a greenhouse structure for
between 15-20 days, depending on the weather.
Region Zamora-Chinchipe, Ecuador
Altitude 1600 MASL
Process Washed, wet-fermented for 60 hours; dried in greenhouse
Varietal Typica Mejorado