Our two most recent Direct Trade arrivals feature the Peaberry of a Caturra Variety, grown around 2000 meters . The first roast date for these micro-lots will be on Monday, March 5th.
Colombia Finca Villa Loyola Caturra Peaberry has a very complex and full bodied profile. Peaberries have a more concentrated flavor, making this coffee more expressive and aromatic than the other Caturra variety from this farm, which we also have available. Notes of honey, caramel, and roasted almond abound in this deep and intensely sweet cup.
This particular micro-lot was sorted meticulously, making it one of the most pure peaberry lots we have seen. Finca Villa Loyola is our most recent Direct Trade partner. It was our good fortune that Mauricio Rosero, Finca Villa Loyola’s new farm consultant, was a friend of PT’s Director of Quality Control, Maritza Taylor. So with Mauricio’s invitation, Maritza and I (Jeff) visited Finca Villa Loyolla during the harvest of 2011. We could clearly see the potential in the farm with it’s high elevation of 1,800 meters (or 6,000 ft.) and Caturra variety coffee, it seemed a clear winning combination.
Over the course of the last six years, we have maintained a very close relationship with Sergio & Isabel Ticas, owners of Finca Los Planes. Our relationship has developed into a standard setting model for our Direct Trade coffee program.
Many of you may be familiar with the Pacamara variety of coffee from this farm. Unfortunately, we recently ran out of the Pacamara lot from 2011, and are awaiting the arrival of the 2012 harvest, sometime in the early summer.
Our Peaberry micro-lot from Los Planes is also of the Pacamara variety. The flavor profile is similar, however the peaberry was more balanced and well rounded. Notes of roasted almond, dark chocolate and a floral element of honey come out with a subtle sweetness rounding out the cup, hinting at mild peach notes.
We recently arrived back in the United States after almost Two Months visiting origin and sourcing new coffees in Africa and Central America. During the trip, we were able to evaluate harvests from our Direct Trade partners, and even find a couple of new farms along the way. We have a lot of new coffees to look forward to in 2012. We will have more information about our visits in the next couple of weeks.