This Caturra from Finca Santa Maria has a peach and molasses aroma, leading to flavors of caramelized peach, starfruit, and pecan. A sparkling body with navel orange acidity fades into a soft crème brûlée aftertaste.
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. 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, 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.