LAS PERLITAS. KOLUMBIEN.
LAS PERLITAS. KOLUMBIEN. ANTIOQUIA. GIRALDO STATION.
ESPRESSO Siebträger / Schraubkanne / Vollautomat / Aeropress
We taste: ALMOND. DARK CHOCOLATE. MORELLO CHERRIES.
Ein Medium-Espresso: nicht zu dunkel und nicht zu hell geröstet. Der Las Perlitas ist ein nussiger Espresso und trotzdem fruchtig mit angenehmer Säure. Auch als Cappuccino überzeugt er mit super Süße und Balance.
Aufbereitung / processing : washed
Varietät / variety : Caturra. Castillo. Colombia.
Anbauhöhe / height : 1750m - 2150m
FOB: $ 2,92/lb
Händler / Importer: The Coffee Quest, NL
THE COFFEE QUEST'S STORY
The town of Giraldo is located in the region of Antioquia, about 1.5 hours North-West from The Coffee Quest Colombia office in Medellín. In the last years Giraldo has become known as a hidden gem in the Colombian coffee scene. We have been buying our Exótico de Altura lots here already since 2013, but since opening our 2nd buying station we’ve been able to tap into the vast variety of beautiful coffees this mountain region offers.
The secret of Giraldo is the abundance of traditional varieties like Caturra and Typica and remarkably dense beans from high elevation (1700-2150 m.a.s.l.). Tropical updrafts from the deep Cauca River valley generate a micro-climate benefit the high-altitude coffee crops.
The farmers in the area of Giraldo have limited opportunity to improve their living conditions, as the market-related prices offered by the local cooperative and “coyote” buyers remains low. The last two decades of growing coffee have not been profitable for the smallholder farmers (average 1-2 Hectares). In the Giraldo station The Coffee Quest always pay better than the local market prices, with transparent (and fixed!) prices for 84+ scoring lots.
Antioquia is the second biggest producing area of Colombia, and is one of the first areas to have started planting coffee trees in the past. Currently we see a mix between small and larger farmer that produce and sell coffee next to each other. In this “Classic” region we find producers willing to experiment with longer fermentation periods in their washed process. The Andean mountains help bring a consistent growing climate and interesting vulcanic soils. High up in the mountains the colder temperatures slow down the riping of the bean. Remarkable: The Antioquia bean is one of the densest beans we are finding in Colombia at the moment.
Las Perlitas: Throughout the harvest, it’s quite common that small-holders produce lots that aren’t large enough to be exported on their own. However, the quality is often just as good (or better) than samples received from larger lots. As such, we decided to buy all coffees, regardless of size and create a specialty blend based on cup profile, with a quality that would compare to a Micro lot. The result is Las Perlitas or “The Little Pearls”, various small lots from producers around the Huila region, whose farms range in elevation from 1,600 to 2.100 m.a.s.l. and grow quality varieties.