We were able to secure a portion of this outstanding coffee lot from the Bellavista Estate (Finca) in Cauca, Colombia. This is a coffee from our importer's "Million Pesos Program" which rewards farmers for coffees that score over 90 points. Farmer Alexander Cortes was paid about double that which the traditional market would pay for this coffee, which is a blessing as current market prices barely cover the cost of production. A win for us, a win for people who love excellent coffee, and a win for Alexander and his Finca Bellavista. Win, Win, Win!
Alexander’s 9 hectares farm is located in the vereda Sevilla, El Tambo municipality, Cauca department. The farm is divided in two: Bellavista and La Laguna. The soil of the farm is sandy which allows the roots to develop and grow nicely.
Alexander does a selective hand picking to collect only the ripe cherries. Once the cherries are harvested, he stores the coffee with the mucilage for 12 hours before starting with the pulping and fermentation process.
After 12 hours of waiting the coffee is ready to pulped and fermented. Alexander ferments using the dry process, meaning the coffee is fermented without water. Water is only used to wash the coffee once the fermentation is done. It takes around 12 to 13 hours for the fermentation to be done. Then the coffee goes to parabolic dryers; it takes 12 to 14 days to dry the coffee to the ideal moisture content.
Alexander Cortez is a hard working producer, and his hard work is reflected in his high quality coffee.
Producer: Finca Bellavista - La Laguna, Alexander Cortes
Region: Colombia, El Tambo - Cauca Department
Varietals: 80% Castillo, 20% Caturra
Altitude: 1730 Meters Above Sea-Level
Certifications: Million Pesos Program