POTOSI [2021]




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Arrived April 1, 2021 to Calgary Warehouse in Calgary, AB

Forward has purchased a 1 x 24kg box of Potosi Natural Sidra.

12kg has been booked by Rogue Wave Coffee in Edmonton, Alberta.

Potosi is owned by siblings, Rigoberto and Luis Eduardo Herrera, third-generation coffee producers, who come from a long-standing coffee-producing family. Their grandparents started their careers in coffee in 1945 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. It was then that Cafe Granja La Esperanza began.

When Rigoberto and Luis took over the family operation in the late '90s, they took on the labor-intensive job of pivoting the farms to organic production. Shortly after taking over, they purchased the land that is now Finca La Esperanza and expanded their organic coffee production.

They've done major renovations to the farms during the past 30 years of ownership and management, planting new, exotic varieties throughout the 52 producing hectares of Potosi Farm. At Potosi, they produce classic Colombian varieties like Caturra, Colombia, and Tabi. As well as beautiful exotics such as Geisha, Sidra, San Juan, Mandela, SL28 and more. 

On top of industry-leading farm practices, they're also innovating the world of coffee processing, consistently exploring new techniques and processes to bring their coffees to a whole other level.

This is amongst the first harvests of Sidra for Cafe Granja la Esperanza. They originally brought the seeds back from a trip to Ecuador in 2016 and began the Sidra nursery late that year. 

These beautifully ripe Sidra cherries are fermented in a special closed tank that is not completely sealed, to allow a small amount of airflow. The fermentation lasts 48 hours in whole cherry and never gets above 30C. Following fermentation, the cherries are dried in a mechanical dryer for 48 hours prior to finishing the drying process in covered raised beds for an additional 8 days.

Variety: Sidra
Price per kilogram: $125.40 USD FOB
Process: Natural
Total kilos available: 24kg 
Harvest date: November 2020 
Fermentation: 48 hours in special closed tanks in whole cherry

Drying time: 48 hours in mechanical silos, followed by 8 days in solar dryers
Drying temperature: 22 °C Max. - 17 °C Min
Altitude: 1,400 
- 1,860 masl

Region: Caicedonia, Valle del Cauca
Rainfall:  1340 mm/year
Humidity: 73%