Dry Fermented, Washed, Raised Bed Drying
July - October 2019
Tablón de Goméz, Nariño
This coffee comes to us from a single farmer: Ema Ordoñez. Ema’s farm, La Piedra [The Stone], is located in the highlands of Tablón de Gómez. Nestled between the Amazonas and Andes geographical regions of Colombia in the Aponte region of Nariño, the region offers a unique microclimate for coffee to grow.
Ema cultivates just 5000 trees, primarily those of the Caturra and Colombia varieties. At 2100 meters above sea level, the cherries are able to mature more slowly, concentrating their sugars as the crop ripens. When conditions like this are paired with the skill and attention of a farmer like Ema, you get coffee that is bursting with sweetness and complexity.
The fate of most coffees like Colombia La Piedra is to be blended in with hundreds of bags of coffee from the same region and sold under an exporter’s brand. Quite often coffee sold as a single origin is sourced from several different farmers in a specific area. While this can yield a delicious coffee, it does not offer the same, intimate experience as a single farmer lot.
In order to separate higher quality single farmer lots like La Piedra’s, cuppers (professional coffee tasters) must taste through every single farmer delivery to separate the good from the truly great. This process takes time, skill and organization, but when it works it can recognize and incentivize individual producers who are growing truly spectacular coffee.
This is our second year buying coffee from Ema and this year’s harvest has us smacking our lips. Notes of sweet-tart cherry are filled out by a well structured lime-like acidity and a clean, floral finish. With tang, pop, and a delicate bloom, La Piedra will inspire a pep in your step.
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