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Notes: Caramel Cream / Pear / Maraschino Cherry
Origin: Peru (Jaén)
Producers: Yeiner Fernandez
This coffee is from a farmer in the Fernandez gang in Colasay. We have started to buy good amounts from them and the area in general. We find the flavours of the coffees here pretty different and characteristic, and there are tons of potential.
Yeiner Fernandez farm La Palma has a few hectares with coffee and is located in La Higuera, a village in Colasay district in Jane province. He’s at an altitude of 1900+ masl. It's a medium farm in Peruvian standards. The variety is a local Bourbon , which is common in this area as a single variety. It’s a family operation, but they have pickers helping them in the season. But yield per tree is generally low. The farm has a small beneficio where Yeiner processes the coffee.
The coffee is pulped and fermented for 18 - 30 hours in bags or a small tank before washed and rinsed, and then sun dried next to her house. Drying takes about 10-20 days.
Colasay is an area that we find really interesting for its profiles and potential. The coffee flavours here can be amazing. Plus, there are many farmers who can produce higher qualities over time, especially with some support on farm management and post harvest processing. This is the starting point for more investment there, and these coffees are selected based on the cup score and the farmers ability to deliver micro lots.
Our coffees from Colasay range from 1800 - 2200 masl. A typical farmer within this program will have just above 2 hectares on average, planted with coffee. Most of the Colasay farmers have close to 100% Bourbon planted and they are organic certified. After harvesting they will pulp and ferment the coffees in their micro mills at the farms, using a small pulper and a wooden or concrete fermentation tank. Most farmers in this area dry the coffee on a plastic tarp or have small polypropylene tents on the ground, under a shade.
We started cupping coffees from Colasay 2019 year and we are super excited about this region. In 2020, one of our partners in Peru decided to invest and set up a purchasing point. They created a farmer support programme to build quality, and a premium program so the farmers have a more sustainable income.
This coffee is from a greater family, the “Fernandez gang” in Colasay. They are siblings, parents, cousins that all produce great coffees on their small farms. We keep the bigger lots separate by farm, and then we blend the high-performing smaller lots under the name of Fernandez Familia.