Ecuador Luz Chinchay and Flora Bermeo Microlot

We are starting to work more with small producers in the Cariamanga and Espindola areas of Ecuador, near the border with Peru. This is where Luz Chinchay and Flora Bermeo both have farms with altitudes ranging from 1770 to 1820 meters, planted entirely in old Typica cultivar. The cup has a "buttered toast" roast taste, with fruited accents that add a slight winey hint to the cup. It's a classic cup similar to some old-growth Colombia types, back when Colombia was also planted in Typica. Keep it in the City roast range to enjoy the cultivar nuances or roast to Full City for a nice SO espresso.
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87.5
  • Process Method No
  • Farm Gate Yes
Region South America
Farm Gate Yes
Grade SHG
Appearance .0 d/300gr, 17-19 Screen
Roast Recommendations City to Full City is recommended. I definitely liked the lighter side of the spectrum here, since it is a fairly subtle coffee overall.
Weight 1 LB
Recommended for Espresso Yes
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We are starting to work more with small producers in the Cariamanga and Espindola areas of Ecuador, near the border with Peru. The area has fantastic potential, but the prices for coffee have been so low historically that many small producers have simply given up on coffee. For those who continue, producing a rough form of natural dry-process coffee they call "bolla" locally has been an option. Unripe and ripe coffee are picked together, and the market price the bolla fetches barely makes harvesting worth the effort. But working with a local cooperative, Fapescafes and their parent ProcafeQ coop, we now have the opportunity to identify special microlots and buy carefully produced wet-process lots, or to build a blend from lots too small to export (as we do in Colombia and other places). This has opened up new possibilities for us, and this offering is from our first arrivals of this new Ecuador program. This is a lot from two of the most likable women I have met in my coffee travels. They are long time farmers in the El Batan area of Espindola district. You could call it a town, but El Batan has only one store. Luz Chinchay and Flora Bermeo both have farms adjacent to that store, with altitudes ranging from 1770 to 1820 meters, planted entirely in old Typica cultivar. Luz and Flora, Light and Flower - not a bad description for the coffee either! The dry fragrance has a distinct floral note, violets, as well as soft passion fruit notes. The wet aroma has a piney brightness initially. On the break, it softens into a less sharp, more "rounded fruit" scent. Fruit sherbert came to mind. The cup has a bit more body than our other super-small microlot from Teofilo Jimenez. That is a subtle, coy coffee, this one is more straightforward ... but both are very "Typica-like". There is a "buttered toast" roast taste, with fruited accent that add a slight winey hint to the cup. It's a classic cup similar to some old-growth Colombia types, back when Colombia was also planted in Typica.