Colombia Granja La Esperanza Red Bourbon Honey (200g)
Varietal: Red Bourbon
Altitude: 1570-1850 masl
Tasting Notes: Floral, red and green plums , chocolate liquor
Cafe Granja La Esperanza first came into being in 1930 when Israel Correa and Carmen Rosa Vega arrived in Valle del Cauca seeking unoccupied land to start a farm, acquiring Potosi. Over the years the size of the plantation grew along with the family and five farms now make up the family’s operation: Cerro Azul, Las Margaritas, La Esperanza, Potosi and Hawaii. The gesha varietal was introduced to Colombia via their second generation owner, Don Rigoberto, after he successfully managed La Carleida in Panama, starting a new era in the history of Granja La Esperanza.
The coffee we have on our shelves this time around is from the Las Margaritas farm, known to the workers as the ‘garden of varieties’. It has built a reputation for competition winning coffees due to the varied and unusual varieties grown. 8.4 hecatares of the near 34 that are under coffee production grow Red Bourbon. It is floral with green and red plums, followed by the flavour of a rich chocolate liquor. It is great both as an SOE and a pourover.
Bourbon is one of the most important varietals globally, stemming originally from the Ile de Bourbon, now known as Reunion, in the Indian ocean. Beans are given an initial 19-22 hour fermentation before being depulped without the use of water and fermented for a further 35 hours in the mucilage that remains. Dried using a mix of both patio and silo, the coffee is constantly yet slowly moved around different drying layers to ensure the correct results are achieved.
The hard work and dedication of Cafe Granja La Esperanza have no doubt paid off as reputation, accolades and awards continue to accumulate over the years.