POTOSI [2021]




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Arrived December 31 2021 to Calgary Warehouse in Calgary, AB

Forward purchased 40 x 24kg boxes of Potosi 'Tres Dragones' Natural Colombia

One (1) box has been booked by Third Wave Coffee in Toronto, Ontario

One (1) box has been booked by French Press Coffee Roasters in Qualicum Beach, British Columbia.

Eight (8) boxes have been booked by Rosso Coffee Roasters in Calgary, Alberta

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.

When Rigoberto and Luis took over the family operation in the late 90's, they took the labour 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. Here they're producing classic Colombian varieties like Caturra, Colombia and they have 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, constantly exploring new techniques and processes to bring their coffees to a whole other level. This lot of Colombia is referenced as 'Tres Dragones', because the mechanical dryers or silos used in this process. First the whole cherry Colombia is fermented for 36 hours in a low controlled temperature, then the silos are engaged for about 48 hours, where the flames are rumoured to shoot out and take the appearance of 'Tres Dragones'. The coffee is then dried for approximately 15 days in raised beds.

Variety: Colombia
Price Forward paid per kilogram: $14.61 USD FOB
Process: 'Tres Dragones' Natural
Total kilos available: 360kg (15 x 24kg vacuum sealed boxes) 
Harvest date: June-July 2021
Fermentation: 36 hours in a low controlled temperature, then the silos are engaged for about 48 hours

Drying time: 15 days in raised beds.
Drying temperature: 34 °C Max. - 18 °C Min.  
Altitude: 1400 - 1860masl
Region: Trujillo, Valle del Cauca
Rainfall:  1340 mm/year
Humidity: 73%