LCF 2019 | EL ENCANTO GESHA, Colombia FILTER silky & complex, jasmine, mango, yellow plum

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LCF 2019 | EL ENCANTO GESHA, Colombia FILTER silky & complex, jasmine, mango, yellow plum

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Producer: Juan Saldarriaga

Region: Antioquia, Colombia
Altitude: up to 1800 masl

Varietal: Gesha
Process: Selectively picked, washed

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Juan Saldarriaga is a young producer who recently took over two of his family's farms - La Claudina and El Encanto. They are about 60 hectares each, but only 42 hectares in total are planted with coffee. The rest is still forest and natural reserve. 

After Juan took over his family’s two farms, he started experimenting with different cultivars at different altitudes. Many of them are recently planted. He is also doing experimental drying, and different kinds of processing for naturals etc.

El Encanto, where this particular lot comes from, is located at 1380 – 1800 masl in the city of Bolivar in Antioquia. It is currently planted with about 26 hectares of coffee. The varieties planted here are mainly the traditional Colombia, Castillo & Tabi but there is also a small amount of some more unusual ones including SL 28, Maragogipe, Gesha and others.

Main harvest usually runs from September to January. Cherries are hand-picked with pickers receiving premiums for only picking perfectly ripe cherries. Lots are kept separate and processed by cultivar. The farm has its own wet mill for processing with a traditional disc pulper with separator and fermentation tanks. For drying they have 200 square meters of newly built shelves that can be moved from sun to shade.

Juan is involved in every level of production on all his farms, from inputs and fertiliser to the concepts of picking, fermentation and drying. He is particularly working with the innovations and quality control. Every farm also has a farm manager living on the farm, a mill manager controlling processing and drying and a harvest/picking manager constantly overseeing the pickers and lots that are harvested. All managers feel strong ownership towards the quality of coffee they produce and premiums are shared amongst them for great results are achieved.

Juan is also working with friends and managing the production for some surrounding producers. Many of them are young small farmers that are eager to prove that Antioquia has more to offer than chocolaty and heavy bodied coffees. Juan is mainly helping farmers to improve their picking and processing in order to produce cleaner, more vibrant coffee with distinct flavour profiles. And this, in return, brings quality premiums for producers in the area.

We feel very lucky to have got our hands on some of the first  year production of this Gesha lot. Originally a variety from the Gesha village in Ethiopia, Gesha has been rediscovered in Costa Rica and imported to Panama where it gained popularity in the early 2000 for reaching record prices at coffee auctions due to its unique floral cup quality. In the right conditions, and with careful farm management and harvest practices, it can certainly bring very distinct aromatic character to the cup as it does in this lot. We admire the work that Juan is doing and are excited to support this young producer and share his beautiful Gesha coffee with you.

Thanks to Nordic Approach & Juan for this lovely coffee & traceability information.