Finca Veracruz 250g
Finca Veracruz is an extended fermentation coffee from the Antioquia region of Colombia. The inspiration for the process came about due to the small size of the farms in the region - one day’s picking is often not sufficient to make up an entire lot. The process results in a fruit-forward coffee without some of the sharpness which can sometimes become apparent in the cup.
This is one of our favourite coffees of 2018, with delicious cherry and vanilla notes. We’ve roasted this as a filter coffee but have also been pushing shots through our espresso machine - expect an abundance of sweetness in the cup.
Each Veracruz lot is comprised of between 3 to 5 days’ picking. Each day, pulped beans are added to a fermentation tank with the previous days’ pickings. In this method of ‘extended’ fermentation, each consecutive batch raises the ph level (i.e. makes more alkaline) of the fermentation tank, permitting longer fermentation times that will produce a fruit-forward cup but without the acetic acid produced by bacteria at a low ph. In this way, the producer is able to maintain the correct ph level and avoid very low ph levels during processing that can lead to over-fermentation and vinegary qualities. In addition to giving more control over ph levels also gives more control over yeast and bacteria activity.
Farm: Finca Veracruz, Santa Bárbara Estate
Varietal(s): Colombia & Caturra
Processing: Extended Fermentation, Washed and dried on raised beds
Altitude: 1,650 metres above sea level
Owner: Echavarria Family
Total size of farm: 20 hectares
Area under coffee: 16 hectares
Harvest months: September-December / April-May