Colombia Finca Lagunita - Diva Maria Piñeda

Colombia Finca Lagunita - Diva Maria Piñeda

Farm Description

You can only drive part way to Diva's farm. A winding road up through the hills of Mesitas, a Vereda within Timaná, only gets you to right around 1400 meters, and the rest is by foot or mule. Her farm starts at 1750, but the 350 meters to get there feels nearly straight up (though I wasn't in the best of shape when visiting!). Her farm, La Lagunita, is on a near vertical face of the mountain, and the mill rests at 1850. They pulp their cherry at the mill, but then carry sacks of of wet parchment - mucilage intact - back down the mountain side to their home below where it is fermented and then laid to dry in the greenhouse/covered patio on her roof. Their farm is quite a sight, nearly touching the top of the mountain crest (the highest part of the farm is 1910). The bulk of their 15,000 trees are Caturra, and the lots we are buying are made up of only this variety. Diva and her husband Lionel oversee all the farm and processing labor, and they work closely with the association of which they are members, in order to improve quality. We've picked up several lots through this cooperative association this year, and are impressed by the level of attention they give to the coffees they purchase, as well as the assistance they provide to farm members. They also pay an extremely competitive price for coffees in a country where competition has kept parchment prices quite high.

This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.

Cupping Notes

Diva's coffee is quite fragrant, the dry grounds smelling of clove and candied nut. City and City+ roasts are honeyed, and with a sort of corn syrup scent. The wet grounds have a familiar smell of butterscotch bars, cookie-like, and sweet. At Full City there's a bit of bittersweet cocoa, and a heavy scent of raw honey. The cup shows dried green apple tartness, with a nice culmination of brown sugar and cinnamon spice. Acidity is bright, even when hot, but without overpowering the cup. It borders on tartaric green grape, and malic apple. Both quite refreshing, it cuts through the thick base sweetness of honey and bittering cocoa notes, that along with a flavor of black tea, fill out the finish. Top notes of white grape juice, apricot, and plum add to the 'juicy' nature of this coffee. This is the flavor profile of a well-rested coffee, vibrant and complex, but kept in balance and not taking away from the profile as a whole. Full City roasts are very chocolatey, high percentage cacao bars, while retaining the convincing sweetness found in the lighter roast ranges. A great option for SO espresso.

Score

87.5

Lot Size

14 x 70 KG bags

Roast Recommendations

City+ to Full City for brewed coffee with developed sweetness and top note complexity; Full City and even slightly beyond will make killer espresso.

Processing

Wet Process

Varietal

Caturra    

Grade & Appearance

Estate; .4 d/300gr, 15+ screen

Packaging

Shipped to us in GrainPro
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Loading up for the long walk down 400+ meters to the road below

Diva and Lionel at Finca Lagunita

Rows of Caturra along the pathway at Diva's farm

Pulley-run pulper at 1850 meters
 

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