Colombia Finca El Mango
Cup Characteristics: Exotic orange rind, blackberry jam, gooseberry, rhubarb, oolong tea, Baker's chocolate, orange marmalade and molasses. Very succulent, mouth filling. Piquant and pleasant green apple acidity. Shows high grown pedigree and transparency.
This very small lot is only a handful of bags, about 150 pounds each, from a 10 acre farm called Finca El Mango. Located in the Ituango micro region within Antioquia, the El Mango farm sits at an impressive 1800-1900 meter elevation. The producer is Gilberto Giraldo, who has been working in coffee for over 40 years. He got his start working for his father on his coffee farm, and after getting married he purchased Finca El Mango and began planting coffee on his own, mostly Caturra and Castillo varieties. While all of his children have moved onto different occupations, Gilberto has remained in coffee and has committed himself to the life long work of producing exceptional coffee. Gilberto stopped using chemical fertilizers 3 years ago but cannot afford quite yet to pay for official certifications that would be required to sell it as such. The farm itself is located in a very rural area where vehicles can not access the roads, so all of the coffee is transported from the farms by mules or horses.
- Elevation: 1800 - 1900 masl
- Varietal: Caturra/Castillo
- Processing: Fully washed, fully sun dried
- Farm size: 10 acres