We've been pretty fortunate to have been able to bring in some really lovely Colombian coffees like the Marisol Urbano and Hugo Melo, and now this selection grown by Mercedes Quintero. We are also happy to have another female producer in our line up.
When tasting this coffee it made us think of toffee, flowers, plum and orange creamsicles because of it's syrupy body and freshness that really made us think of the colour orange.
This coffee is classified as a washed process, but underwent a 26hr wet fermentation, where the cherries were floated in water, before having the fruit removed mechanically and then dried for 10-15 days on drying beds. This fermentation brings out lots of lovely sweetness you don't normally get in a Colombian coffee.
From our importer:
Deep in the interior of Colombia’s department of Cauca lies the province of Inzá, known in Colombia as La Tierra Adentro. On a good day, it is a two hour drive from Popayán and La Plata in either direction, but frequent mudslides and road closures mean it’s often not easily accessible. On clear days in the village of Inzá, one can see straight up to the Nevado del Huila, the highest volcano in Colombia. The famous Paez river runs east through the valley, connecting Cauca and Huila.
Very little coffee is grown below 1750 masl with a great portion growing at 1900 masl. Caturra, Castillo, and Typica are found in the region, with Caturra being the dominant variety. The coffee producers of Inzá were in many ways the original inspiration and motivation for the creation of Red Fox Coffee Merchants. Aleco’s twelve-year relationship with the Asorcafe Producers’ Association of Inzá has been rewarded with success in quality and new discoveries.
Red Fox buys coffees from three main villages or counties within the Inzá municipality - Pedregal, San Antonio, and the town of Inzá. Each village is often composed of just a handful of families with no more than 20-30 hectares dedicated to growing coffee. When volume allows, we bulk by family or by individual producer. Asorcafe was founded in 2004 by ten coffee growers who were tired of selling their coffee to parchment buyers who only offered prices below the national market. Asorcafé exudes an entrepreneurial spirit as they have become leaders of their coffee growing region. Asorcafé, in conjunction with private and state organizations, provides aid to their members including subsidies for domestic economy, education, job training, and healthcare services.
* this is the typical price you will see most roasters use. It is the Freight on Board, basically the price to buy the cherries, mill them, process them, sort and transport them. It is the price paid to get it onto a ship to North America. Often farmers will receive 25-50% of this.
** this is the price paid to the farmer. Our importer took on a lot of the cost and risk to transport the coffee themselves. We believe it's important to know what percentage of the total amount paid goes back to the farmer.
A note on roast dates:
Contrary to most coffee myths (based off old information), it's best not to use coffee that is too fresh. For espresso, we recommend using coffee between three days to four weeks old, while filter and drip coffee it's best if the beans are three weeks to twelve weeks from the date of roasting.
If you would like your coffee already rested, please let us know in the comment section of your order and we will do our best to fulfill your order with rested coffee, if we have it available. Please note that based on fluctuating order amounts, we won't always have rested coffee available at the time you order, and you are welcome to reach out to us to check on our inventory levels for rested coffee before ordering.