This Caturra peaberry from Finca Santa Maria features aromas of cinnamon and red delicious apple, a silky body, and notes of kiwi and malt. Meyer lemon acidity and a hint of raisin sweetness fade into a complex finish of semi-sweet chocolate and a touch of fresh coconut.
Also try our Santa Maria Washed Caturra!
Producer: Armando Benavides Portilla
Farm: Finca Santa Maria - Lote Valeria
Altitude: 6069 feet
Varietal: Caturra Peaberry
Notes: Red Delicious, Kiwi, Semi-Sweet Chocolate
The growing conditions at Finca Santa Maria in the Nariño region are very unique. The farm's 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 now changing its name to Finca Valeria, named 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, the thing that impresses us most about this farm are the family values. To Armando, the most important thing is the relationship. He stressed the importance of passing on his passion for coffee farming to his children and the benefits of a strong relationship with us, the buyers. Good management goes well beyond producing great coffee; it is about coming together with enriching experiences, family, and friendship.