Process station: El Mirador
Farmer: Elkin Guzman
Altitude: 1550-1680 masl
Processing method: Natural Hydro Honey
Fermentation time: 90-120 hours
Drying time: 20-25 days
Harvest date: 2020
Importer: Apex Coffee
Flavour notes: Caramel Cardamom Pear Jam
Recommended filter brew ratio 1:15 (due to the unique processing and roast profile, this coffee would benefit from 2:50 - 3:00 brew time, and 1.37 - 1.40 TDS)
Recommended espresso brew ratio 1:2
El Mirador is a 32-hectare farm located near the town of Pitalito in Huila. Elkin Guzman's family has a history of over 70 years in the coffee business. 12 of which were dedicated to researching post-harvest processing techniques. 30 hectares of the farm are dedicated to growing exotic coffee varieties like Catiope, Mokka, Tabi, Geisha, as well as Orange, Striped and Pink Bourbon. The remaining hectares of land are used to grow a Caturra variety for processing experiments. During harvest, a process of meticulous selection of ripe cherries allows only the sweetest fruits to be processed. Elkin's innovative approaches to fermentation and immaculate attention to detail have made this farm a benchmark in the industry in terms of quality. Elkin's eagerness to learn and passion for coffee is what makes this farm one of the most exciting in Colombia.
Processing - Hydro Honey:
Elkin always measures brix content to determine when to harvest. Once cherries have reached 20-24 brix sugar content (around 90% ripeness), he harvests the cherries. After this cherries are dried for 8 days. Slow drying is induced to promote accelerated fermentation for the first 3 days. On the 8th day, the coffee is placed in water tanks for 36 hours of re-hydration and sugar development. After this the cherries are de-pulped and dried on raised patios for 20-25 days. The typical characteristics of this coffee include silky mouthfeel, delicate sweet notes and a taste profile similar to double fermentation processes but with a much cleaner aftertaste an medium acidity.
Fresh batches roasted and shipped every week.