We met young producer Carlos Esteban Cortés on our visit to Nariño in 2015. On our way to visit producer Nelson Chaves, we learned that Carlos goes beyond his role as a Regional Parchment Buyer for the local cooperative and pulls double duty as a producer.
His Farm Santa Ana sits at 2,072 meters above sea level in the Tasnaque Region of Yacuanquer, Colombia. Carlos grows an even mixture of Yellow and Red Caturra. Tasnaque vereda is perched on the southern slope of the Galeras stratovolcano, a central fixture in this part of the Nariño. Galeras’ continuous activity plays a significant role in the region’s terroir. Carlos’s farm sits just a stone throw away from his beautiful home on rocky volcanic soil, rich with minerals. Prime sunlight and ample cloud coverage which promotes slower cherry maturation.
He took notes based on positive processing from Honduras by Benjamin Paz. Carlos adapted Paz’s techniques, honey processing part of his lot and natural processing another, with the natural lot standing out. This lot underwent dry aerobic fermentation for 48 hours, before being placed on raised beds to dry. The result is a complex flavor on the palate with intense fruity notes of blueberry and passion fruit, accompanied by mango sweetness and a peach-like acidity
Green cost, milling, transport, taxes and exporting fees.
Importing fees and transport from the farm to Chicago, Illinois.
Our Cost of Production
Labor, Rent, Health Insurance, Paid Time Off, Party Money
Per 10.5oz bag of coffee
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