Producer: Hernan and Eugenio Prieto Soto
Varietal: Caturra, Colombia
Region: Ciudad Bolivar
Elevation: 1510-1800 meters
Fermentation: 20 – 24 hours
Drying: Raised Beds
Aroma: Concord Grape, Caramel Cream
Tasting Notes: Vanilla Hard Candy, Kiwi, Plum Pudding
There is no region that expresses the term "magical realism" more than Antioquia in Colombia. The terrain is exotic and rugged crossed by the Cordillera Central and Cordillera Occidental which forms the plateaus of Santa Rosa de Osos and Rionegro. Antioquia is the second largest coffee producing department in Colombia with farms that are typically larger in size with an infrastructure modernized for specialty coffee. As the cool air comes off the Pacific, the cherries develop a heavy sweetness as they take longer to ripen.
Villa Clabelina is a 22 hectare farm run by the brothers Hernan and Eugenio Prieto Soto which operates within the specialty forward thinking group the Coffee Growers Association. Their goal is not only exceptional quality, but also the elevation of social concerns, environmental regard, and sustainability to the fore. The brothers belive that "coffee is an experience, a feeling". Villa Clabelina was planted more than fifty years ago, and the brothers have enlisted the help of Juan Saldarriaga to improve their picking practices and processing facilities. New and improved rooms have been built for drying coffee in a precisely controlled fashion as well as the ability to also process in the honey and natural fashion.
Cooler temperatures and longer ripening translates to a sweet cup modulating between tropical fruits and vanilla bean with the buoyancy of a plum like body. Aromatics of grape and caramel distinctively express the caturra and colombia varietals emphasizing the pristine nature of the qualities we love in the best Colombian coffees.
TRANSPARENCY*: This coffee comes from Juan Saldarriaga of the Coffee Growers Association, of which Hernan and Eugenio Prieto Soto are producer members. We scored this coffee an 87.5. Variety was lucky to find this green coffee through Nordic Approach, a sourcing company we bought 49 70-kilgogram bags from at $3.97/lb. They have been working with Juan for 6 years.
*We are proud to start reporting our F.O.B. prices along with many other reputable roasters who have taken The Pledge: a commitment made by a growing number of companies to post their costs for green coffee. The goal is to ensure a sustainable supply of coffee by working towards a living income for producers so they will continue to invest in the future of their businesses. We currently are at 12% transparency with a goal to reach 100% by 2020.