COLONY: Villa Rosario
ALTITUDE: 1 700 masl
ARABICA VARIETAL: Yellow Caturra
PROCESSING: Anaerobic Washed
FARM: La Llama
OWNER: Los Rodriguez Family
In the cup: Rich and sweet, with a syrupy body and perfumed finish. Blackcurrant, plum and rock melon with lingering cocoa powder.
This 1,200kg lot comes from Finca La Llama, one of the latest additions to the Fincas Los Rodríguez farms. It has only been in harvest since 2017, and though its production is still small, it is of exceptional quality. The farm is located in the settlement of Villa Rosario, which lies in a lush, steep mountain valley just outside of the town of Caranavi. The farm is owned by Pedro Rodríguez and his family, who also operate an exporting business called Agricafe.
La Llama is the highest of all of the Los Rodríguez farms, sitting at over 1,700m above sea level. At this high elevation, temperatures are mild during the day and stable at night. This helps ensure a slow maturation of the cherry, which leads to an increased concentration of sugars in the cherry and bean, producing a sweeter cup of coffee. Early in the morning or late afternoon, it is very common to find a mysterious fog covering the coffee plants, caused by the region’s unique microclimate.
La Llama is 9.58 hectares in size, 5.24 of which are under coffee. Reaching the highest point of the farm is an experience in itself – as you travel along the winding, steep roads in a four-wheel-drive you’ll pass very neat and perfectly spaced rows of coffee. Pedro has trialed several varieties on this farm, including Java, Gesha, Yellow Caturra, SL28, SL34, Batian, and Ethiosar. This particular lot is 100% Yellow Caturra.
Agricafe was founded by Pedro Rodriguez, who entered the coffee industry in 1986, ditching his suit and his accounting job to pursue his passion for agriculture.
(info Courtesy of Melbourne Coffee Merchants)