Just outside the town of Antigua is the small village of San Felipe de Jesus. And among the houses on the twisting and narrow side streets is an old coffee farm called La Folie. It is owned by Penny Matheu, having been divided off from the greater Matheu family lands and the neighboring Finca Filadelfia. The farm operates as a small estate of 91 acres, but processes the coffee at the Zelaya family mill a few miles away. La Folie did exceptionally well in the 2010 Cup of Excellence competition, reaching 5th place, an amazing result for a first-time entrant. I visited the farm after the event, and despite the fact it was bombarded with rain and mud in a violent storm the day previous. It's a beautiful old-style farm at 5100-5200 feet, planted chiefly in Bourbon, with Caturra and some Typica as well. The manager, Don Julio Valencia, lives on the farm, and the plantings are well-organized in blocks and rows, a classic Antigua style farm on flat, fertile grounds.This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.
La Folie is a well balanced coffee characteristic of its Antigua origin. The dry fragrance is heavily laden with bittersweet cacao, accented with sugar browning notes like toffee with sweet, floral character in the background. The break offered deeper, succulent sweetness like raw, pipe tobacco and black forest cake. Fleshy, plum-like character is most apparent in the up-front flavor profile in both terms of La Folie's juicy flavor and slightly tannic acidity. Warm, baking spice notes like nutmeg highlight the ripe, fruit tones. Bittersweet cacao and milk round out the aftertaste of the coffee. This is 2011 crop but has held up very well in grain pro. Great sweetness is still intact as we liked the coffee at City + but preferred it just a bit more at Full City.
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