La Virginia

$23.62 - $39.31 / Pound

Origin: Huila, Colombia
Variety: Colombia

Tasting Notes:

Lemon, Cherry, Cranberry

77.43 lbs in stock

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Neider Criollo Betancourt owns a 2.5-hectare farm called La Virginia, where he grows both Castillo and Colombia varieties. He’s been a farmer since 2012 and became an Asociación Los Naranjos member in October 2020. The association has just over 50 members, all smallholder farmers in and around San Agustín, Huila.

 

He was born into a coffee-growing family but his father passed away when he was only 8 years old. It wasn’t until 2012, when Neider traded a motorcycle for his first piece of farmland, that he got involved in the coffee-growing business. While at first he was limited in his ability to create high-quality coffee because of a lack of equipment, he has just begun realizing his dream of focusing on specialty coffee.

 

On Neider’s farm, the coffee is picked ripe and “rested” overnight in its cherries, for about 12 hours. It’s depulped the following day and fermented for 48–72 hours before being washed. In order to check if the coffee is ready for washing after fermentation, Neider feels it with his hands to gauge the temperature. The coffee dries for 15–30 days in a solar dryer.

 

The cup is juicy, sweet, and savory with tangy, fruit acidity, lemon, cherry, and cranberry flavors.

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