Colombia El Chupadero - Fernando Martinez
Cup Characteristics: Aromas of cinnamon sugar and roasted almonds. Flavors of dried apricot, apple pie,. Full bodied, balanced, sweet, clean, layered and elegant.
$15.99 per pound
This small lot of coffee arrived in mid-October, new crop.
The producer Fernando Martinez has a long history with coffee. He started working on coffee farms after finishing primary school, learning the necessary skills from his father. He now lives at El Chupadero with his wife, Daisy. Over the last 20 years they have been managing and improving the farm. Currently, Fernando is budgeting to add a warehouse area at the farm for increased storage and more controlled conditions. Our importer has been working with Fernando for several years and the income from his quality small lots has further enabled him to upgrade his drying facility and wetmill.
Nariño is a department (state) in western Colombia and directly borders Ecuador to its south and the Pacific Ocean to its west. The Andes mountain chain starting in southern Chile and Argentina, cuts across Ecuador and enters Colombia in Nariño, then proceeds northerly through all of the country. Nariño is close to the equator, nearly 0 degrees latitude so the number of hours of sunlight is consistent all year long, each day 12 hours of light. Coffee from this regioni has significant acidity (liveliness), medium body, and clean, sweet flavors when properly harvested and processed. El Chupadero produces coffee at 2050 meters (6725 feet) because of its position near the equator. Coffee here can be produced up to 2300 meters without great concern of frost. Coffees grown at very high altitudes tend to have smaller beans with more concentrated flavors. In cooler, high mountain temperatures, Arabica coffee plants have slower metabolisms and create more proteins and sugars. Indeed, this coffee is very sweet.
The word Chupadero translates to a pacifier or teething ring so we suspect coffee growing is a calming influence on the Martinez family.
- Country: Colombia
- Farm: El Chupadero
- Producer: Fernando Martinez
- Region: Nariño
- Municipality: La Unión
- Altitude: 2050 Meters
- Varietal: Colombia, Castillo
- Process: Washed, sun dried
- Harvest Season: 2020 Harvest