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Colombia Esperanza de Garzón

Huckleberry Roasters

Esperanza de Garzón is a limited release coffee for us, grown by Nelson Andrés at his farm Finca La Esperanza in La Trinidad de Garzón, Huila, Colombia.  We source some of our favorite Colombian and Central American coffees through Caravela Coffee, a Colombia-based exporter and importer. We think they're responsible for some of the most dependable quality in the industry, and every once in a while, they offer us a single farmer coffee that stands out from his or her growers cooperative.  

This year, Nelson Andrés produced one of those special coffees, and we think it's a great example of just how bright and clean Colombian coffees can be. Señor Andres grows only Caturra variety coffee - an increasing rarity in Colombia, where most farmers have planted their land with the disease-resistant Castillo variety.  Castillo can taste great, too, but pure Caturra can produce an incredibly clean and sweet cup, especially at high altitudes like Finca La Esperanza's 1700 meters above sea level.

Additionally, Nelson Andres washes and dries his coffee on farm, using raised, parabolic beds to slow down the drying process, and covering his drying area to ensure that the coffee is protected from the elements. Drying is one of the most important stages in coffee production, and the care taken during this step is one of the key ingredients in Esperanza de Garzón's lovely flavors.  We're currently in the planning stages of a Colombia trip with Caravela, and are looking forward to seeing Finca la Esperanza and it's parabolic drying beds firsthand.

We taste green grape, spice, and candied citrus, and have enjoyed using Esperanza de Garzón both filter-brewed and as espresso. We only have a little bit of this coffee, and it won't be around too long.

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