Honey process, Dried On Raised Beds
July 2020- September 2020
Tablón de Goméz, Nariño
"This coffee comes to us from a single farmer, Ema Ordoñez. Her farm, La Piedra (The Stone), is located in the highlands of Tablón de Gómez, Colombia. Nestled between the Amazonas and Andes geographical regions in the Aponte region of Nariño, the area offers one of our favorite coffee growing microclimates.
Ema cultivates just 5,000 trees, primarily those of the Caturra and Colombia varieties. At a stunning 2,100 meters above sea level, the cherries are able to mature more slowly, concentrating their sugars as the crop ripens. When conditions like this are paired with the skill and attention of a farmer like Ema, you get coffee that is bursting with sweetness and complexity.
The fate of most coffees like Colombia La Piedra is to be blended with hundreds of bags of coffee from the same region and sold under an exporter’s brand. Quite often coffee sold as a single origin is actually sourced from several different farmers in a specific area. While this can yield a delicious coffee, it does not offer the same, intimate experience as a single farmer lot like this one from Ema.
In order to separate higher quality single farmer lots like this, professional coffee tasters must taste through every delivery to separate the good from the truly great. This process takes time, skill, and organization, but when it works, individual producers growing truly spectacular coffee can be incentivized and celebrated.
This is our third year buying coffee from Ema, and this year’s harvest has us smacking our lips. The extended contact time between the coffee fruit and the seeds in this honey process lot offers up an amazingly sweet and fruited expression of Colombian coffee. Notes of sweet, tart cherry are filled out by a well structured, lime-like acidity and a clean, floral finish. With tang, pop, and a delicate bloom, La Piedra will put some pep in your step."
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