Colombia “Finca Los Alpes” Red Honey
Source / Processing / Story:
Directly under the “Farallones del Citará” mountains and surrounded by the Cochuana forest you will find this wonderful piece of land called Finca Los Alpes. Despite its unique topography, the farm is only a short drive from Bolivar in the Medellín department of Colombia. The finca is located on an altitude around 1,650 to 1,950 masl and magically protected by clouds. The massive mountains provide a unique microclimate: from the western side humid air-streams are coming from the Pacific Ocean while on the eastern side there are hot air-currents climbing up the slopes from the Cauca River Canyon. This special climate enables the coffee tree to produce coffee all year round as it provides two very balanced rainy seasons per year. Therefore, the trees produce flowers and then cherries twice a year. Several creeks, rivers and waterfalls are coming directly from the mountains providing abundant irrigation. Finca Los Alpes was established in 1974 and today 100 hectares are under coffee (100% Caturra) while the rest of the farm is naturally preserved. Doña Elvia and Don Juan Arboleda manage the finca together with their children Juan Alvaro and Olga. Applying the red honey process to their coffee means carefully taking care of the beans: a separate mill for depulping is used, leaving much more of the sugary mucilage on the beans. Then, the coffee is not washed, but dried directly. A shady drying spot is chosen to enable a soft and steady drying of the beans. As a result of this long and continuous drying phase, red honey processed coffees are very aromatic.
Finca Los Alpes is close to our hearts (its Andy’s favourite coffee). We are delighted to offer this “Red honey” lot.
Cup Profile: Red orange, slightly fruity, slight bitter chocolate aftertaste, with notes of coconut.