Ripe plum and apple brandy
Another double first for us. This coffee comes from Marcela Castellanos and is a Carbonic Maceration Natural process Java variety.
This special coffee was part of the last harvest produced by Marcela Castellanos at her farm Finca Mayorca, near to the capital of the Quindio department, Armenia. We found out some very sad news after purchasing this coffee that Marcela had recently lost her battle with cancer and this will be the last harvest of her coffees. Her husband will take over the farm and hopefully we’ll see more beautiful coffees from Finca Mayorca in the future. RIP Marcela.
Marcela was born in Bogota, Colombia. She studied Medicine and holds a post graduate degree in Occupational Medicine. She was a coffee grower for about 10 years, and was passionate about the coffee world, its fragrances, flavours and aromas. She had a wide experience in honey and natural processing as well as expertise in roasting and cupping coffee. As well as this Java variety Finca Mayorca has Bourbon, Maragogype, Geisha, Pacamara, Wush wush and others.
We feel very lucky to represent and honour her memory through this special process Java variety. This Java lot was processed as a Carbonic Maceration coffee. After picking, cherries were left to ferment inside plastic tanks for 42 hours with Carbon Dioxide added to expell the Oxygen. The cherries were then taken to the raised beds for drying.
The resulting flavour profile is boozy and fruity. Ripe plum and apple brandy. Like a boozy fruit juice. Super sweet and tangy.
According to the World Coffee Research Arabica varieties catalogue:
"Java has a long history of cultivation. As indicated by the name, the variety was introduced to the island of Java directly from Ethiopia by the Dutch in the early 19th century.
It was originally thought to be a Typica selection. But genetic fingerprinting of molecular markers has revealed that Java is a selection from an Ethiopian landrace population called Abysinia.
It represents an interesting alternative to the Geisha, which high cup quality but is more resilient for small farmers with better tolerance of coffee leaf rust and CBD."