Colombia Rubiela Velasquez La Esmeralda
Cup Characteristics: Honeydew melon, limeade, sweet egg bread, pear. Red apple acidity. Smooth, bright, clean cup.
$15.99 per pound
The number of women coffee producers is growing as is the recognition of their difficult work. Rubiela Velasquez is one such producer working in the high ranges of Colombia. We came across this very small lot and were able to secure just enough to last for a month or two. In recent years, in particular the past few, we have seen many more small lot farmers bring their coffee to market under their own identity as opposed to selling coffee to a large cooperative where it would be blended and comingled with other area growers. This process brings identity to the particular grower, acknowledging their individual effort, and honors the hard work of growing coffee. It allows us to locate and buy coffees with more unique cup qualities.
The coffee from Rubiela Velasquez's farm La Esmeralda is the combination of three separate pickings cupped and selected for this lot. La Esmeralda means "the emerald" in Spanish and is a somewhat common name lauding the green fields of coffee trees that endow many coffee farms. The name should not be confused with the world famous farm of the same name in Panama. Rubiela's is tame coffee, traditionally washed but has enough sweetness and harmony to merit standing on its own and not being blended with other area coffees.
- Country: Colombia
- Region: Tolima
- Municipality: Planadas
- Hamlet: San Isidro
- Producer: Rubiela Velasquez
- Farm: La Esmeralda
- Processing: Fully Washed
- Elevation: 1900 meters / 6230 feet
- Varieties: Caturra, Typica, Castillo, Tabi