We are moving warehouses from Antwerp to Vollers in Hamburg. There are so many reasons why this is a great thing. That means stellar coffees at clearance prices, like these two gems from Acevedo, Colombia:
While Fernando has had a coffee farm for quite some time, there was a period of eight years that he lived in Ibagué and his brother, Miller, managed El Progreso’s coffee production. On intuition, one day Fernando decided to move back to Acevedo to manage the farm himself and further, to change its production to specialty coffee. He didn’t know anything of about specialty coffee at the time.
Thankfully, neighbour Alvaro Perdomo was already producing specialty and taught Fernando about how to change his processing techniques. Especially when to stop fermentation and start washing.
With the announcement of CCS’ Acevedo Cup in 2016, Fernando worked the best he could with the coffee harvest. He knew he’d made it to the top-20, which was screened and determined by Fairfield’s cupping team. The international panel of judges ranked the top-20 in mid-December of 2016 and Fernando had coincidentally planned a trip to Ibagué during the awards announcements and ceremony. When he received his brother’s call about El Progreso’s winning second-place win, he was elated.
With the premiums earned from the competition, he plans to build three fermentation tanks and more drying facilities.
This lot is fruit-forward and sweet: berries, stone fruit, nougat and a clean finish.
Fernando Bustos, Acevedo, Colombia
Normal Price: $14,33/kg
Now: $13.83/kg or $13,33/kg for a full pallet
This lot was constructed during a cupping competition (The Acevedo Cup), which held its inaugural event in the municipality of Acevedo, Colombia in December 2016. Producers located in and around the hamlets surrounding Acevedo town delivered coffees and any lot that met the physical criteria (see “Physical Evaluation” below) and had a cup score of at least 86 points was accepted into the competition.
A small panel of local and international judges selected 20 of the best coffees submitted and ranked them from 1-20 over the course of three days of cupping. They then built “hamlet blends” based on cup profile from the lots that were accepted but did not make it into the top-20. Everyone whose coffee made it into competition got paid great prices with the top-20 receiving incrementally better prices.
Alto Encanto was constructed from two day lots from the following producers:
• Nicolas Delgado – 10 bags
• Jose Erasmo Peres – 10 bags
The varieties that contributed to Alto Encanto are Caturra, Colombia F.6 and Castillo. The processing is washed, then dried in raised and covered parabolic beds. The coffee was grown between 1,400 and 1,600 meters above sea level.
This blend offers a cup full of black tea, caramel, citrus and an overall balanced cup.
Alto Encanto, Acevedo, Colombia
Variety: Various, incl. Castillo & Colombia
Normal Price: $11,73/kg
Now: $11.23/kg or $10,73/kg for a full pallet