Producer: Vasquez family Location: Hispania, Antioquia
Altitude: 1,200 - 1,400 masl Cultivar: Caturra
Flavour profile: Papaya & blackberry
Antioquia situated in the northwest of Colombia's coffee lands is the largest department in Colombia with an estimated 95,000 coffee growers. Most of these are small holders with 2- 5 ha of land but there are also larger family farms in the department that have been part of families for generations. Only recently has specialty coffee been associated with this department as there have been significant quality improvements over the past number of years. The climate and dramatic valleys make this a very challenging environment to produce specialty coffee and especially natural lots like this one.
La Rosa is a medium sized 20 ha farm located in Hispania with all the farm nearly being planted with coffee mainly and the varieties caturra and castillo. The annual production the farm is about 350 bags. The farm has been in the Vasquez family since the 70's when Catalin'a father bought it and now it is part of the Cafe Lumbus family who are dreiving specialty coffee in this part of Antioquia for the past 5 years.
Juan Gabriel is the manager of the farm and with the technical team they had bee working on how to produce a really good washed coffee but they were unable to find the right recipe due to the limits of altitude. However being at a lower elevation did provide a more stable climate which led them to experiment with producing a natural. The experiments went well and they are now doing this on a larger scale for the first time.
This coffee firstly goes through selective picking, washing and floating before then being skin dried on the patios. After this weather depending the coffee will be dried inbetween the patios and driers at stable controlled temperatures until it reaches 10-11% moisture.