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Tasting ProfilePanela, soft chocolate, light fruits and some nuts. Clean, balanced and a great all round drinker.


Origin : Colombia

Region : TrujiloProducer : Cafe Granja La Esperanza

Process : Washed

Altitude : 1500-1800 masl

Varietal : Caturra, Colombia, Mandela


Cafe Granja La Esperanza is an award winning coffee producer from Colombia. There are 5 farms in total and this coffee is from their farm named 'La Esperanza'. This producer is continually pushing boundaries by experimenting with farming and processing methods to create unique and great tastnig coffees.


For example the Mandela variety of arabica in this coffee has been grown by taking the desireable characteristics of traditional Colombian varieties and crossing with those typically found in Ethiopia. Adding subtle fruits notes to the classic Colombian taste.Coffee at La Esperanza is selectively hand-picked and sorted to remove any under ripe or visibly damaged cherries. Around 12 workers are brought in annually particularly for the harvest.


After sorting, the coffee is delivered to the wet mill where it is dry pulped and then fermented without water for between 14 and 16 hours. After being washed, the parchment is moved to parabolic beds to dry in the sun. Depending on volumes, some coffee may also be laid to dry on cement patios.  More... On the La Esperanza farm Laurina, Colombia, Geisha, Yellow Bourbon, Caturra and Mandela varieties are grown. They also have five permanent staff who both harvest and train the seasonal workers before they start picking coffee.


They continually develop their coffee offerings by sourcing varieties not commonly grown in Colombia, tweaking processes to get the best from each variety of coffee and using grafting to improve existing coffee varieties. For example, they have produced Mokka trees (which are usually 2 metres tall) into medium-sized trees (roughly 1 meter and 20 cm), which makes it a lot easier to pick the fruit and to fertilise the tree.


This coffee contains one of the newer varietals that have come from these producers, Mandela. This is a self pollinated selection from Caturra x Caturra, choosing a bean that gave the best characteristics. This was then crossed with the Timor Hybrid in order to provide some resistance to rust, before being crossed again with Ethiopian landrace varietals such as Sudan Rume, Daleco, and Villa Sarchi. The offspring from those were then selected for the best performing and the varietal stabilised, with the resultant trees exhibiting both bronze and green tips.

Cafe Granja La Esperanza - Colombia

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  • Colombia and Coffee are almost synonymous. Once the world’s largest producer of washed coffees, Colombia has had to re-energise the coffee sector after a 2009 case of Leaf Rust decimate much of the production. Thanks to large investment in government-run research stations, disease resistant varietals of coffee trees have been planted, and volume has increased from a low of around 7.5million bags to over 12 million in 5 years. Colombia used to produces only washed Arabica coffee, from three main geographical areas trisected by the Andes mountain range. Regional coffees have become increasingly popular and are demonstrable of the distinct flavour profiles available throughout the nation. Coffees are typically mild bodied (hence the categorising term ‘Colombia Milds’), with crisp acidity and citric sweetness. Some cooperatives and single estates are pushing the boundaries of typical production, experimenting with new varietals and processing methods to create truly exceptional coffees – many of which find themselves as competition coffee.

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