Producer: Padre José Alejandro Aguilar Posada
Farm Manager: José Luis Almeida
Farm: Finca Villa Loyola
Altitude: 6160 feet
Roast: Medium - Dark
Notes: Baker’s Chocolate, Plum, Roasted Hazelnut
This is our sixth year working with Finca Villa Loyola and we thought it was time to try something different. Typically we lightly roast our single origin offerings as a way to preserve the terroir, or distinct characteristics of that particular coffee varietal, the micro-climate it grows in, and the way it’s processed.
For this harvest we decided to shake things up a bit. Taking the roast a few degrees higher for a longer amount of time, we landed on a medium-dark roast with a pleasant caramelization of flavors and sweet acidity.
One of our favorite farms, Finca Villa Loyola, has been our Direct Trade partner since 2011. Following a 1st place win in the 2008 Colombia Cup of Excellence, Villa Loyola’s story has been one of impressive growth and improvement. This farm has a clear winning combination of high elevation and the lauded Caturra variety of coffee trees. These trees have been planted under a shade canopy which serves as a wind barrier, improving the sweetness and character of the coffee while providing a natural habitat for indigenous species. Over the last few years, farm manager José Luis Almeida has worked hand in hand with us to improve picking and processing of the coffee, further improving its quality.
In 2012 leadership of Villa Loyola fell to Padre José Alejandro Aguilar Posada. With a worldly education received in Colombia, Brazil, Congo, and the United States, Padre Joe has extensive knowledge and experience in agro-ecology, sustainability, rural development, regional sustainability, and eco-theology. Throughout his life and travels he has been deeply involved in sustainable agricultural development and rural economics. His unique background is perfectly suited for the work at Villa Loyola. With his guidance, Villa Loyola will continue to advance its sustainable practices while improving the lives of the workers and surrounding community.
Villa Loyola has been working closely with the Committee of Coffee Growers of Nariño, providing better wages and living conditions for the permanent and temporary workers on the farm. Seven hectares of the farm have been isolated by the Environment Control Center of the Department of Nariño for the cultivation of Guadua bamboo which can be used for tools by all of the farms and coffee growers in the region.
We are thrilled to be working with Padre Joe and hope to collaborate with him for many years to come.
This medium-dark roasted coffee features an aroma reminiscent of s’mores. It tastes of baker’s chocolate with a round body, plum sweetness, and pineapple acidity. The finish is enjoyable with a note of roasted hazelnut and more gentle, kiwi-like acidity.