A soft and juicy Caturra peaberry from the high slopes of Nariño, Colombia. Aromas of peach and caramel lead to notes of blackberry and key lime in the cup. Grilled peach sweetness and ripe pineapple acidity fill the soft body, fading to an aftertaste of cacao nib and sandalwood.
Producer: Armando Benavides Portilla
Farm: Finca Santa Maria - Lote Valeria
Altitude: 6069 feet
Notes: Peach, Blackberry, Sandalwood
The growing conditions at Finca Santa Maria in the Nariño region are very unique. Long hours of sunlight and hot springs allow the coffee trees to grow in higher, colder altitudes. This leads to a bean we value for its great level of sweetness and acidity. The peaberry mutation of this coffee further accentuates these qualities.
Armando Benavides is focused on implementing innovations on the farm, such as irrigation, processing methods, and the introduction of new varietals. The farm is in the process of changing its name to Finca Valeria, after Armando's daughter.
Finca Santa Maria is one of our favorite Direct Trade partners. During our visits to the farm, we have always been impressed with their level of commitment to sustainability and quality. On top of the farming initiatives, what impresses us most about this farm are its family values. Armando has stressed the importance of passing on his passion for coffee farming to his children and the benefits of a strong relationship with us, his buyers. Good management goes well beyond producing great coffee; it is about coming together with enriching experiences, family, and friendship.