Origin: Antioqua, Colombia
Producers: Juan Saldarriaga
Cup Score (Importer): 87
Farm Size: 42 Hectares
Juan Saldarriaga is a producer in Colombia who manages two farms: La Claudina and El Encanto. He grows many coffee varietals ranging from Tabi and Castillo to Geisha. He's also experimenting with various new processing methods, tweaking fermentation times and trying out natural processes for some of his coffees. Juan took over these two farms from his parents, and is continuing the family business while attempting to make some changes of his own. Juan does some larger scale commercial coffee production on the properties, but he's also excited about producing smaller specialty lots which is where this coffee comes in. These Caturra beans were grown and processed on-site at La Claudina, where they were dried on African beds in a parabolic structure that Juan's set up specifically for the specialty lots. He's very excited by the progress being made with his specialty coffees, and we think you should be too!
Flavor-wise, there's a lot to love about this coffee from La Claudina. When we cup, we're tasting a hint of berry tartness followed up by a really nice plum-like stone fruit flavor. A warm, brown sugar sweetness compliments the fruit notes and smooths out anything overly tart or acidic. This is a mellow, delicious brew that's almost too easy to drink - you may find yourself wanting to double your normal Chemex recipe! Give it a brew, and don't forget to leave a review for the rest of the club!
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