Farm: La Esmeralda
Altitude: 1500 MASL
Process: Fermentation for 24-30 hours, fully washed and dried in raised beds under a covered marquee
Notes: Cherry, floral, plum
A South Slope Coffee micro lot from Orlando Molina Correa’s farm La Esmeralda is located in Campo Hermoso close to the town of Acevedo in the region of Huila. His coffee trees are caturra variety and grow at an altitude of 1,500 MASL in soil that is rich with calcium and magnesium. The harvest season for this lot occurred between October and December of 2018 with its peak in November. The cherries are fully washed and fermented for 24-30 hours, then drying in a covered marquee on raised beds. You can taste the care he takes in picking and processing this coffee. It is a pristine and clean cup with much complexity.
Acevedo is a municipality located in the south-easternmost corner of the Huila department of Colombia, wedged in the fork between the central and eastern cordilleras (mountain ranges) where the Colombian Andes split into three distinct mountain ranges (the western, central and eastern cordilleras). Just beyond the central and eastern cordillera convergence is a jungle and thus, moist, cool air. This cool air simulates increased elevation, and creates many different microclimates with diverse humidity, temperature, and rainfalls, leading to varying and ideal coffee-growing conditions. Mornings and evenings are cool, even in Acevedo town which is only 1300 masl. On many farms, you can literally watch the billowing, moist clouds roll in from the jungle to envelop the farms. This moist air makes drying the coffee difficult, so farmers use raised, covered beds, which adds to the fruited complexity of these beautiful lots.
This is another stellar find brought to us by Collaborative Coffee Source in collaboration with their partner Fairfield Trading in Colombia. What impresses us most about the Fairfield team is their finely honed palates, and the rock-solid relationships they forge with each smallholder with whom they work. Finding the balance between these two elements of procuring specialty requires great skill. Fairfield Trading and CCS have the same approach to coffee. They both prefer to make long term commitments and build ongoing relationships. The Fairfield Trading “Single Origin Program” is exactly the kind of project CCS chooses to invest in.