Finca Los Tigres 250g
Every year, Mercanta selects the very best lots from the community of Los Tigres, high in Peru’s Cajamarca Region. This 2018 lot hails from a single farm – the small, 2 hectare La Naranja, owned by Ramiro Farceque Mijahuanca. La Naranja sits at between 1,850 and 1,900 metres above sea level, perfectly situated to produce very high quality coffee.
Ramiro grows only Caturra and Typica here. The trees are around 15 years old but very well cared for and regularly renovated. All harvest and post - harvest work is done to the optimal standards.Ramiro uses strict harvest and processing methods so as to insure that the natural potential of his coffee is maintained.
During the harvest, coffee is selectively handpicked with only the ripest cherries being harvested at each pass. These cherries are then hand - sorted to ensure no underripe or damaged cherries make it into the fermentation tanks. The coffee is pulped on the same day that it is picked using a mechanical pulper, located on the farm itself. After pulping, it will then ferment in a tank for around 30 hours (due to the very low ambient temperature at this altitude) before being washed in pure water. He has also constructed raised ‘African’ beds (at the recommendation of his local association) for drying. After being pre-dried on patios or tarpaulins, the clean parchment will be spread on these to dry for around 20 days.
The farmers feel blessed to be members and clients of Santuario. ‘Santuario’ members must have years of coffee growing experience and must share a vision of improving the quality of their production. Although the participating farms are all small –around 3 to 5 hectares on average – the total land under coffee represented by the group is around 250 hectares in total, thus the productive potential is substantial.
Varietal(s): Yellow Caturra & Typica
Processing: Fully washed & dried on African beds & Solares
Altitude: 1,850 to 1,9oo metres above sea level
Owner: Ramiro Farceque Mijahuanca
In The Cup: Honey Marmalade Coating finish