Colombia Alto Del Obispo Coffee 250g – 1KG
We have selected this coffee from the village of Alto Del Obispo, in the Municipality of San Agustin, Huila. This area is known for its ability to produce excellent coffees with interesting and vibrant cup profiles. The altitude of 1700 masl and volcanic soils, combined with steady levels of annual rainfall, ensure near perfect conditions for cultivating specialty coffee.
The area is made up of multiple smallholders, whose farms range in size from 2 to 10 Hectares. All the smallholders in the region are focused on quality and improving the standards of coffee they produce, to ensure they receive higher premiums for their coffees. They receive regular help with agronomy training and best practices as well as receiving feedback on their coffees after they are cupped. Most of the local farmers grow Castillo, Caturra and F6 varieties, though there is an ongoing program which helps to subsidise farmers who are experimenting with new varieties – such as Geisha – to ensure they receive a fair price for their crop.
Once ripe cherries have been selected, the farmers mechanically de-pulp the coffee before dry fermentation for between 18-36 hours, depending on the conditions. The coffee is then washed 3 times before being placed in parabolic driers for 12-16 days, to dry the parchment down to below 11.5% moisture. When the coffee is delivered to the collection station, our milling partners take 3 moisture readings to ensure it meets the required level, before then assessing for defects, roasting and cupping for a full evaluation. It is this level of attention to detail that enables the consistent selection of high-quality coffees.
CATURRA : Caturra is a cultivar from Brazil and is a mutation of Bourbon which is much higher yielding. The tree will not reach the same height as Bourbon and typical characteristics associated with this varietal are bright acidity and medium body.
CASTILLO : The Castillo cultivar was developed and promoted by CENICAFE (National Coffee Research Centre) throughout Colombia in 2005, to replace existing hierloom varieties. They have since developed six regional variations of Castillo, in order to maximise quality and yield potential for local agroecological conditions. Castillo is resistant to leaf rust, and though cup quality has been questioned in the past in relation to Caturra, average yields are generally higher.