|Notes||Rhubarb, Lime and Brown Sugar|
The first coffee in our Colectivo special series comes to us from Pastor Ordonez. This special series owes its name, Colectivo, to the Monkaaba collective behind the four micro-lots that we are going to present to you. Monkaaba is an initiative of Esnaider Ortega Gomez, himself a coffee producer in the San Augustine region. Esnaider, and the thirty or so producers who form the Monkaaba collective, have come together to form a strong producers' association allowing them to take charge of the commercial destiny of their harvests. Until then, all of these producers had no other choice but to sell their coffee, for ridiculous prices, to associations or local buyers in the so-called commercial market. Despite the exceptional quality of their harvests, these producers were not financially compensated, and saw the different micro-lots being mixed without any traceability. The Monkaaba collective allowed us to connect Café Pista directly with these producers and we decided to present 4 exclusive micro-lots, from 4 different producers.
The first coffee in this Colectivo series comes from Las Chinas, near San Augustin in southern Colombia. It is produced by Pastor Ordonez, on his farm in El Placer. Pastor represents the third generation of coffee grower in his family, who was among the first to start growing coffee in the region. Now 50 years old, Pastor Ordonez has dedicated his entire life to growing coffee and is now recognized as one of the region's most respected producers. Following the family tradition, his farm started production with around 4000 trees of the Caturra variety. A strain which, along with Typica, was extremely common during the days of Pastor's parents. Today, Pastor grows trees of different varieties including the magnificent Bourbon Rose which has earned us this incredible sweet and refreshing coffee.
Through his long experience as a producer and his various roles within local organizations, Pastor Ordonez has established himself as one of the pillars of the Monkaaba collective. Through this collective, Pastor hopes that he and the other producers will be able to free themselves from the dictates of the large local purchasing associations, and assert the interests themselves, directly with the roasters here. Although he has always produced exceptional coffees, Pastor has never had the opportunity to sell his coffee in micro-batches according to specialty coffee standards. The Café Pista team is very honored to present this incredible café to you, as well as the talented Pastor Ordonez, for the first time, through this Colectivo series. We owe this new collaboration with the Monkaaba collective to our partner Semilla Coffee.
Grown at an altitude of around 1,800 meters, this coffee is made from the Bourbon rose variety. It is picked at full maturity and sorted by floatation first, then by hand, to remove overripe or underripe cherries. It is then placed in the mechanical pulper for 12 hours before being mechanically pulped and dry fermented for. Then it is washed 3 to 5 times under running water to remove the remaining mucilage, before being dried slowly on raised beds for 8 to 30 days. Its delicate profile and medium roast make this coffee a perfect option for espresso or filter.
This very sweet and floral coffee tastes of rhubarb and lime, on a finish reminiscent of brown sugar.
Original price paid (FOB)3.45$usd/lb vs C-Market à 1.39$/lb
Partnership1 an via Semilla Coffee
Lot quality87.5/100 Score SCA