Colombia La Esperanza Caturra Washed
Sweet and creamy, with soft acidity and a balanced finish. Honey, almond nougat and mandarin.
This coffee lot was harvested by hand, with most of the labour being provided by William and his family. During the peak harvest season, the family hires local labourers to help pick the coffee cherry. These labourers are paid per kilogram or on a daily rate when there isn't much coffee to harvest. William prefers to work with the same pickers every year, as he has taught them how to select only the ripest cherry for processing. To ensure the pickers come and work for him, he pays them a 10%-15% premium on the local daily rate and provides them with three meals a day.
The coffee cherry was then processed using the washed method at La Esperanza's 'micro-beneficio' (wet mill). The coffee was pulped using a small electric pulper and then placed into a fermentation tank. Due to the cooler climate in China Alta, producers like William tend to ferment the coffee for longer than usual. They often blend several days' worth of pickings over a 2-3 day period. Every day, freshly picked cherry is pulped and added to the mix, which lowers the pH level and allows for an extended fermentation process along with cooler temperatures. This fermentation process contributes to a vibrant, winey acidity in the coffee's cup profile.
A. We do our production roasting on every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (except public holidays), and roasted coffees are stored in the warehouse for a few days for the dispatch of orders.
B. All the coffees are sent from the stock(warehouse) unless it requires a specific roasting date. Thus, the coffees you will receive will be between 2 and 7 days after the roasting.
C. If a specific roasting date is requested, it might take a little longer (1-2 days) to get delivered.
D. All orders are dispatched on the next day (except public holidays).
Returns are only accepted with prior approval from Normcore Coffee where a return authority number will be issued and must be with 14 days of invoice as this coffee is a fresh product. A 15% restocking fee applies and the item must be unused and the packaging in new condition.
Coffee Beans: should be undamaged, the bag should not be opened, should be stored as whole bean condition(ground bean is not accepted).
Equipment: should be undamaged, the package should not be opened.Normcore Coffee will also accept returns in accordance with New South Wales and Australian law.
We have free shipping for all purchases over $50. Any orders under $50 will be charged $9.5 for regular shipping by Australia Post. This usually takes 3-5 business days(NSW), and the other states might take longer than this, depending on the demands at the Australia Post.
About This Coffee
William Buitrago and Aminta Mahocha Franco produced this micro-lot on their 11-hectare farm, La Esperanza, located near the small community of China Alta in Tolima state, Colombia.
Finca La Esperanza sits at an altitude of 1,960 meters above sea level in the steep, rugged hills surrounding Tolima's capital city. The China Alta region is named after the Rio La China. This small and beautiful river meanders through the mountains and eventually flows into the Rio Magdelena, Colombia's main river. Alta refers to the area's higher elevations, where the sweetest and most refined coffees are grown and harvested. The farm sits on the steep valley walls of Rio La China, which is used as a water source to irrigate and process the coffee.
William's family moved to China Alta in the 1970s to farm cattle, and William was born and raised nearby. In 1994, he and Aminta established La Esperanza across the valley from his parent's home. Initially, the couple farmed cattle, but in recent years, they have shifted their focus to specialty coffee production as it has become more viable and profitable. The farm is 11 hectares large, with five hectares planted with Caturra and Colombia trees. The trees are planted further apart than usual (just 4,000-5,000 per hectare instead of the usual 6,000), allowing adequate sunshine to reach them despite the cooler temperatures of China Alta. Although this affects his overall yield, William's commitment to high-quality production has driven this decision. When praised for his coffee's excellent cup quality, William shares, "This is a great motivation. It's one thing to get premiums, but another to get recognition from a part of the world so far away."
William and Aminta have gifted each of their children, Mauricio and Geraldina, a plot of land on the family farm to manage and profit from to encourage them to understand the economics of farming coffee and potentially see a future in it. William identifies labour as a challenge in this region, as many younger generations are moving to the city and abandoning coffee production. He hopes specialty programs will develop and grow, as higher premiums are a more attractive incentive for young people to stay in China Alta and continue producing coffee.
Outside of coffee, William is an avid apiarist and keeps over 30 beehives on the farm, producing around a ton of honey annually, which he sells in the local market. During a farm visit, we were proudly shown a small colony of tiny, native Meliponini bees that he had harvested from the coffee plants and relocated to the outer wall of the farmhouse. These tiny bees produce very little honey but are kept by the family as a hobby. According to William, the bees and the coffee are very connected, with the bees pollinating the coffee trees and the coffee blossoms contributing to the clear and sweet quality of the honey.
- Origin: Colombia
- Region: China Alta, Tolima
- Farm/Coop/Mill: La Esperanza
- Producer: William Buitrago
- Variety: Caturra
- Process: Washed
- Altitude: 1,960masl
Quality Report: (87.5/100)
- Roast Level: Light
- Balance & Overall(8.5/10):
Basic Brew Method
- Espresso: 20g In, 40g Out, 27 Seconds
- Milk-based (150ml): 21g In, 42g Out, 30 Seconds, 150g Milk
- Filter: 15g In, 225g Out, 2 Minute 00 Seconds (45G Bloom, 30 Seconds)
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NORMCORE STYLE SUPER LIGHT ROASTING
We roast our single-origin coffees as lightly as possible. It's often lighter than the standard light-roast profile (Our development time ratio is 8-10%, while a typical light roast's ratio is around 13-16%).
Regardless of its origin, varietal or process, our approach is to maximise the flavour profile of the coffee by minimising flavours caused by roasting. Our single-origin coffees have a delightful silky texture and well-balanced taste, despite being lightly roasted.
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