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Santa Lucia

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Producer: Victor Alfonso Sanchez
Varietals: Caturra, Bourbon, Typica
Region: Huila
Elevation: 1600-2000 meters
Process: Washed, 12 hours Cherry, 36 Hours Tank
Drying: Raised Beds Under Parabolic Cover
Aroma: Chocolate Covered Pretzels, Peanut Brittle, Cantaloupe
Tasting Notes: Candied Ginger, Grapefruit Juice, Gala Apple

When Victor Alfonzo Sanchez's father passed away in 2013, he became the head of the household, basically overnight, which meant taking over the management of his family's two coffee farms. Today, Victor, runs his own coffee brand, studies specialty coffee cultivation as well as cupping at SENA (National Learning Service) and continues to grow coffee alongside his family. In 2005 Victor placed first in the department of Huila's cafes especiales competition for which he was awarded a trip to Atlanta, Georgia.

The Santa Lucia farm is 1600-2000 meters above sea level. This semi-isolated farm is an hour from the nearest town, located in one of the colder hollows of the municipality of Neiva, in northern Huila. It is a total of 6 hectares, four of which are planted with the Colombia and Castillo varieties. Victor Hopes to one day build a road to make his trek to Santa Lucia easier. During the height of the harvest Santa Lucia employs up to 20 pickers from the municipality to carry out the hand-selection of the coffee cherries.

The aroma of chocolate covered pretzels in the dry grounds carries in to the final cup as a smooth chocolate followed by candied and fruit notes. The grapefruit acidity creates a citric tartness that opens into the sweet candied ginger. This pleasant cup is a great way to begin your day.