Laurina is a dwarf mutation of Bourbon with a lovely flavor profile—pleasant and easygoing with sweet floral notes. Aromas of raspberry, fudge, and lemonade greet you, with notes of starfruit and honeysuckle emerging in the cup. The soft, mellow body is enlivened by green grape acidity, and a lingering aftertaste of créme brûlée brings each sip to a close on a sweet note.
With about half the caffeine content of regular coffee, Laurina is the perfect pick for those who are trying to cut down on caffeine while still drinking something exceptional.
This coffee is available whole bean in 8-ounce Blue Label tube packaging and will roast on Tuesdays only.
Producer: Rigoberto Herrera
Farm: Café Granja La Esperanza
Region: Valle del Cauca
Altitude: 5,085 feet
Notes: Starfruit, Honeysuckle, Crème Brûlée
Though it's not common today, Laurina was first classified in the 1940s on the island of Réunion, east of Madagascar. This dwarf mutation of Bourbon is unique in that it naturally contains about half the caffeine content of most Coffea arabica. It is also highly susceptible to leaf rust, which makes it too risky for many coffee producers to grow.
Our Direct Trade partners Café Granja La Esperanza were willing to take the risk, and it paid off. The Herrera brothers' patience and willingness to experiment with rare varieties has won them numerous accolades from the SCAA and Roasters Guild, and they've had much success with unusual varieties like Sudan Rume, Mokka, and now Laurina.
They are also known for their fair and innovative production and labor practices. Optimal work conditions are a priority at the estate, where workers are paid fair wages and child labor is not permitted.
Key Production Notes from Granja La Esperanza:
• All coffees are hand-picked at peak ripeness and pre-fermented in-cherry for 8 hours.
• The parchment is sun-dried on African raised beds until it reaches a moisture content level of 11%, then stored in Grain Pro bags.
• Every coffee lot is sampled and cupped by the Quality Control Lab at Granja La Esperanza before being sent to the dry mill.
This coffee will be produced once a week, on Tuesdays. All coffee and merchandise in your order will be produced and shipped on the same day unless you specify otherwise in the Order Notes section of your shopping cart. Please see our Shipping FAQs for more details.