Producer - Cafe Granja La Esperanza
Region - Valle de Cauca
Process - Controlled fermentation and drying.
Varietal - Colombia
The family behind Cafe Granja La Esperanza have farmed at Potosi in Valle de Cauca since 1945, when Blanca ligia Correa and Juan Antonia Herrera originally worked at the farm. They’re now well known for their competition winning lots and have been pioneers in quality and innovation for many years.
In the late 90's they moved production to organic methods, buying a neighbouring farm - La Esperenza. In 2007 Rigoberto Herrera leased and managed a farm in the Boquete region of Panama; 12 months later his crop was placed first in the Best Coffee Of Panama competition. At this point he decided to bring some of the Geisha seeds back to Colombia ... it's not surprising to learn that La Esperanza describe themselves as growers of ultra-specialty coffee!
Cafe Granja now have a total of five farms in Valle de Cauca; this particular coffee comes from their original farm, Potosi. Located near Caicedonia, the farm is split in to 10 lots and grows Sidra, Mandela, San Juan, Castillo and Colombia. This particular lot of Colombia has been naturally processed to showcase the fruity flavours; cherry is fermented for 15 hours at a controlled temperature before being moved to their dehumidifier for another 72 hours (or so) until fully dried.
As you'd expect from Cafe Granja, the results in the cup are something very special.
Our tasting notes: Strawberry, cranberry and white chocolate