Another week another cup of excellence auction. Would you believe me if I said there are only 7 of these a year. The past few weeks we have had four all on top of each other. This is the last of four and boy was it exiting. The longest I can remember an auction going on for and the highest spread of costs. Forget number one every one of the twenty-five farmers received over a lb straight I their pocket. I love it when this happens it great news all round. Take alook hereWe were lucky enough to be involved with lot 12 Viviano grown by Gutierrez Vasquez, Viviano. The interesting part is we are in shares with this with some Russian friends from Roster, so available here and in Moscow
New coffees added today from the Colombian cup of excellence first auction this year. We did a post a few weeks ago CLICK HERE what we have all started refering to as granny coffee. I also was part of the jury for this one HERE
Bertha has had her farm for more than 50 years. She is a successful coffee producer and also a leader in her community. She has been a member of the Committee of coffee growers of the municipality of San Gil for many years. Her farm is a model for other producers, it is the place for training or educational meetings. She has planned the renewing process of the coffee trees gradually.
The farm is entirely technified. There is a great variety of shade trees. There is no contamination and they take good care of the environment. The farm is Rainforest Alliance certified as well, so she protects the source of fresh water properly for the welfare of the community.
The wet milling process is done under the ecological system, using the desmucilaginador. The fermentation takes less than 12 hours and the drying process is done in patios and in silos.
In the cup this coffee blew me away. As an international jury member for this competition I was lucky enough to cup it a number of times before the auction, and each time I got a really creamy cup full of butter, and fruit like sweetness, like biting into a blood orange but without the acidity.
I also got to meet this fantastic lady the day of the presentation of the awards. Very smartly dressed she looked just like my Grandma on a Sunday before church. So from now on this will be known as Grandma’s coffee. Oh yes and not the only company to bring a lot from this auction to the UK, as always we believe good coffee should be rewarded with a good price for the farmer, and we are never afraid to pay what others see as a high price in these auctions. We think it’s a bargain.