One sip. That's all it took us to decide had to have this coffee. It happens every once in a while, where a light goes off in your head, your knees buckle a bit and you just can't help but smile and taste the coffee over and over and over.
We tasted this coffee blind, and we thought it was a Gesha/Geisha variety because of how clean it was and the noticeable black tea and floral notes. But then it also had some lovely fruit notes... It is actually one our Head Roaster Stacey's favorite varietals, Sidra. This variety of coffee is considered to be a hybrid of the Typica variety which is bright and acidic, and Red Bourbon which is adored for it's body and sweetness. But this particular strain also contains a component with a lineage that traces directly to Ethiopia.
A note on the owner of the farm, Arnaud Causse from Red Fox Merchants, our importer:
After spending many years in El Salvador as a coffee agronomist he brought his Caturra, Pacas, Bourbon Tekisic, Pacamara and Java seed stock to Ecuador. Arnaud has been cultivating coffee in Gualea for more than two decades now on Las Tolas. In 2013, Arnaud began a project farm just north of Quito named La Lolita, where he grows and distils herbs and cultivates five different coffee varieties which makes up Terrazas del Pisque.
Arnaud has an interesting story himself. He grew up in France in the mountains outside of Provence. After declining mandatory military service, Arnaud was shipped off to work on a Robusta plantation in Gabon, his first ever experience with coffee production. When his service was up, his interest in coffee was just taking off. Arnaud spent many years working on coffee projects in Ethiopia and Rwanda before finding himself in the Dominican Republic. From there he moved to El Salvador, then to Costa Rica, and eventually landed in Ecuador.
Arnaud’s extensive agronomy experience is unique. He has worked in more facets of coffee production than anyone we’ve come across in the past 15 years. Arnaud is an active leader in Las Tolas-based coffee production. He’s shared his varietals with three other farmers in the area: Gilda Carrascal, Hernan Zuniga, and Christian Marlin. . He has helped each of these farms get off the ground by providing the proper varietals and coaching them through production.
District: Pedro Moncayo
Farm: Terrazas del Pisque (La Lolita)
Producer Arnaud Causse
Altitude 2000 masl
Fermentation/Processes: Anaerobic maceration 6 days (no CO2 added), pulped, washed, soaked. Natural fermentation, washed process
Drying: 12-21 days on patios or parabolic dryer
Our price: $6.65 USD/lb
As with all of our Special Selection coffees, we will be donating $1.00 from the sale of each 200g box to the Portland Hotel Society that helps those in the DTES through a variety of different programs including housing, counseling, drug addiction support, safe injection sites and indigenous community support.