|Farm||Luis Marino Ortega|
|Notes||Blackcurrant, mandarin, meringue|
We are happy to find for the second year in a row this coffee coming from the region of San Augustin, in the south of Colombia. Luis Marino Ortega, the farmer behind this coffee has been harvesting coffee and avocados forever. 53 years old, Luis can now count on an experience that has seen him go through many hardships in his career as a producer. At only 16 years old, he began his first harvests. It was at the age of 20, after having spent 2 years in military service, that he bought his first hectares and planted several thousand coffee plants there. But despite all his experience, Luis has long struggled with getting a decent price for his coffee. After spending several decades selling his parchment coffee in the local market, Luis began selling it to international buyers for a slightly higher price.
Since last year, and thanks to the creation of the Monkaaba collective, he can now sell his coffee in micro-lots at much higher prices. Just like the other batches that form the Colectivo, we are very honored to present to you the coffee of Luis Marino Ortega. We owe this magnificent collaboration to our import partner Semilla Coffee, as well as to the work of Esnaider Ortega-Gomez.
Grown at an altitude of around 1840 meters, this coffee is made from the Bourbon rose variety. It is picked when fully ripe and sorted by flotation first, then by hand, in order to remove the cherries that are too ripe or not ripe enough. It is then placed in the mechanical pulper for 12 hours before being mechanically pulped and dry-fermented for 30 hours. Then, it is washed 3 to 5 times under a stream of water to remove the remaining mucilage, before being slowly dried on raised beds for 18 days. Its delicate profile and medium roast make this coffee a perfect espresso or filter option.
This very sweet and round coffee tastes like blackcurrant and tangerine, on a finish reminiscent of meringue.
Partnership1 year via Semilla Coffee