Jose Efrain Villada

One of the two nanolots from Nariño we picked up in the Colombia Land of Diversity cupping competition comes from finca Santa Rosa. Jose Efrain Villada is the owner of Santa Rosa. His one-hectare farm lies in the San Lorenzo municipality of Nariño, southwestern Colombia. San Lorenzo lies high in the Andes mountains, at a staggering 2240 meters above sea level. The effect of this altitude on cup quality is more than clear in the case of this coffee. Together with skillful and clean processing, this contributes greatly to the vibrant cup profile of this nanolot. It has a floral aroma, a cup profile with distinctive juicy fruitiness. It’s layered quality reveals lychee and tangerine when hot, evolving into red fruits cooling down. The available volume of this coffee is so small (12 vac packs of 24 kg), because José put much focus on singling out the best cherries on his farm, at the ideal point of maturity.

Finca Santa Rosa

Finca Santa Rosa has a Penagos pulping unit. This uses considerably less water than traditional depulping machines, reducing the production of waste water. The Penagos depulped leaves on 5% of mucilage. Jose Efrain Villada applies a short dry fermentation of the parchment after pulping. The mucilage that remains after pulping adds to the rich sweetness of this coffee. José dried this particular lot on sieves, which he moves inside in case it starts raining.

Jose Efrain Villada and his wife at their Finca Santa Rosa

Land of Diversity competition

In 2016, the FNC organized Colombia’s first Land of Diversity competition during Expoespeciales. The national competition is an effort to unify the numerous regional quality competitions in Colombia. Following the two harvest cycles in the country, there will be two competitions per year: one for coffees harvested during the first semester coffees right after summer, and another competition for second-semester coffees.

The competition is open to all Colombian coffee producers who own their own farm. A national jury first tests and selects all submitted coffees based on physical and cup quality. After the first selection round, an international jury further narrows down the selection to find Colombia’s best and most unique coffees.

The Land of Diversity competition has two tiers and six categories. There’s a microlot selection and a large lot selection, which are judged on 5 different aspects. The microlot selection judges volumes between 500 and 2000kg. The large lot league takes up lots between 25000 and 27500kg. Each lot is scored on acidity, mildness, body, balance and exoticness. Each category has its own winner. The five best scoring coffees in each category are presented and sold during a live auction for national and international buyers.

Jean participated in this first Land of Diversity competition. It was a great experience, so we happily supported the initiative. We selected three lots in total from this competition, all produced in the Nariño department. The first two are nanolots, the third was selected from the large lot competition:

The nanolots are available in vac packs, the large lot from El Pará is available in grainpro bags.

The next Land of Diversity competition will take place in early April. We’ll continue supporting this program, which gives small isolated producers the chance to connect with the international coffee world.

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