Landing late-February 2021
Forward purchased 60 x 70kg bags of La Esperanza Washed Field Blend.
Owned by siblings, Rigoberto and Luis Eduardo Herrera, who come from a long standing coffee producing family. They are now third generation coffee producers, with their grandparents starting in coffee in 1945 right here at Potosi farm. After Juan Antonio Herrera and his wife Blanca Ligia Correa purchased the land, with existing Typica plants, they added three more cultivars, Red Bourbon, Yellow Bourbon and Caturra, and here, Cafe Granja La Esperanza began. Shortly after taking over, they purchased the land for Finca La Esperanza and expanded their organic coffee production.
Many different coffee varieties are planted throughout La Esperanza. This was the second farm, with Potosi being the first, spanning approximately 35 hectares with a processing facility where Cerro Azul and La Esperanza coffees are perfected.
This lot is an Estate blend, comprised of Caturra, Colombia and Mandela varieties. It's been fully washed in a traditional ceramic tank, without water, for a range of 30 - 35 hours. Following this, the coffee has been dried in mechanical silo until achieving 11% final moisture content.
Mandela is a variety that was developed by Cafe Granja la Esperanza, right here on La Esperanza. It's a cross of Caturra x Caturra, crossed again with Timor-hybrid, then again crossed with Ethiopian materials such as Sudan Rume, Daleco and Villa Sarchi.
Variety: Caturra, Colombia, Mandela
Price per kilogram: 6.19 USD FOB
Process: Washed, Traditional
Total kilos available: 1400 kg (40 x 70kg)
Harvest date: October - November 2020
Fermentation: Parchment is left in ceramic, open-air tanks, for 30-35 hours
Drying time: 7 days dried in a controlled temperature silo
Drying temperature: 32 °C Max. - 18 °C Min.
Altitude: 1430 - 1760masl
Region: Trujillo, Valle del Cauca
Rainfall: 1.526 mm/year
Humidity: 80 – 85%