GABRIEL ALARCON, COLOMBIA
Washing Station: Wachulalecha
Farmer: 210 Smallholder Farmers
Region: Chelelektu Ketema, Kochere Wereda
Altitude: 1800-2200 MASL
Farm: Finca el Prado
Farmer: Gabriel Alarcon
Region: San Lorenzo, Riosucio, Caldas
Altitude: 1850 MASL
Cultivars: Caturra, Colombia, Castillo
CUPPING NOTES: Tropical fruit punch, cocoa nib sweetness, Cola effervescence with a smooth body and light lemon acidity.
Our new 02 combines two of our favorite regions and two completely different styles of coffee production.
Named after the holy tree of the Gedeyo people, Wachulalecha is a washing station supporting 210 small farmers that grow coffee in the highlands of Ethiopia. As is the style of the region, farmers here contribute their individual crop to become part of a larger whole, focusing on building lots around quality separations and distributing the returns amongst the whole community. This practice, common throughout Africa, supports quality and consistency.
On the other side of the south Atlantic, Gabriel Alarcon grows coffee on the steep slopes above the village of San Lorenzo, in Caldas, Colombia. Politically independent from the rest of Colombia, San Lorenzo is a community of indigenous Colombian people whose main economy is coffee production. Gabriel Alarcon’s farm, Finca El Prado, is immaculately organized, cleanly kept, and the post-harvest processing includes depulping, fermentation, drying (via casa-elda and stacking dryers,) hand-sorting of parchment.
The flavor profiles of each coffee shine and bring out the best in each other. Wachulalecha is floral, with a lemongrass acidity and a rich, ripe sweetness; Gabriel Alarcon’s coffee shines with crisp, ripe fruits and a big, structured body. Together, this blend offers a silky and refreshing balance of candied tropical fruit and cola, highlighted with a subtle lemony acidity and cocoa undertones.