This well-rounded washed Caturra boasts aromas of fig and caramel leading to notes of raisin, milk chocolate, and mandarin in the cup. Mellow nougat sweetness is balanced by blackberry acidity, with aftertastes of almond and cardamom providing the finishing touch.
Producer: Padre José Aguilar Posada
Farm: Villa Loyola
Altitude: 6160 feet
Notes: Mandarin, Milk Chocolate, Raisin
Finca Villa Loyola's washed Caturra is a well-rounded coffee that encourages experimentation from a roasting perspective. Two years ago, we shook things up by taking the roast a few degrees higher for a longer period of time, landing on a medium-dark roast with pleasant caramelization. Last year, a light-medium roast brought out a bit more of the coffee's terroir—the distinct characteristics of the particular coffee varietal and the micro-climate it's grown in—resulting in a sweet coffee with a velvety body and light citrus acidity.
This year, a slightly lighter roast coaxes out surprisingly rich aromas and round flavors for a truly crowd-pleasing coffee.
Finca Villa Loyola has been our Direct Trade partner since 2011. Following a first-place finish in the 2008 Colombia Cup of Excellence, Villa Loyola’s story has been one of impressive growth and improvement. The farm has a winning combination of high elevation and the lauded Caturra variety of coffee trees. These trees have been planted under a shade canopy which serves as a wind barrier, improving the sweetness and character of the coffee while providing a natural habitat for indigenous species. Over the last few years, farm manager José Luis Almeida has worked hand in hand with us to improve picking and processing of the coffee, further improving its quality.
In 2012 leadership of Villa Loyola fell to Padre José Alejandro Aguilar Posada. With a worldly education received in Colombia, Brazil, Congo, and the United States, Padre Joe has extensive knowledge and experience in agro-ecology, sustainability, rural development, regional sustainability, and eco-theology. Throughout his life and travels he has been deeply involved in sustainable agricultural development and rural economics. His unique background is perfectly suited for the work at Villa Loyola. With his guidance, Villa Loyola will continue to advance its sustainable practices while improving the lives of the workers and surrounding community.
Villa Loyola has been working closely with the Committee of Coffee Growers of Nariño, providing better wages and living conditions for the permanent and temporary workers on the farm. Seven hectares of the farm have been isolated by the Environment Control Center of the Department of Nariño for the cultivation of Guadua bamboo, which can be used to make tools for the region's farms and coffee growers.
We are thrilled to be working with Padre Joe and hope to collaborate with him for many years to come.