Ecuador

Eladio Chamba

Eladio and Francisca switched to coffee production in 2002 after a successful trial with 100 trees. This cup is bright and crisp, with notes of strawberry, raspberry, and red apple.

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The southern province of Loja (Ecuador) has a mountainous region named Gonzanama. In these hills, Eladio and his wife have a 10-hectare farm, Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, where they live with their youngest son, Roberto. They have four more children: Lorena, Maria Fernanda, Maria Isabel and Carlos (who is a coffee roaster!).

He bought the farm in 1997 and, alongside his wife, started a pig farm. In 2002, they discussed the option of starting to grow coffee. He built a nursery with 100 trees of Caturra, which eventually were planted and thrived—they decided to switch entirely to coffee production. Today, they also grow sugar cane and citrus trees.


Eladio, Roberto and Francisca

Eladio, Roberto and Francisca


He initially processed his coffee through natural process (known in Ecuador as “bola” coffee) and sold it at local markets. But, in 2015, he decided to try washed process after it was recommended by neighbouring producers. The higher quality of his coffee allowed him to sell to the global specialty market, so he never looked back and stayed focus on high quality varieties and processing.

Eladio has introduced better farm managing processes to preserve the environment and achieve organic production (though they don’t hold any official certification yet). The biggest challenge is the drought periods during summer; when it doesn’t rain enough, he has to buy water to run the washed process.


The process

Eladio begins the coffee process by manually selecting and picking the ripe cherries. Then, they go into the wet mill, where they are sorted and floated to remove the defective ones and any small branches. Later, the cherries are pulped with some water and placed inside airtight plastic containers for 30 hours (without water).

Then, the coffee is washed 3 times and taken to the covered drying beds, where it will take from 25 to 30 days to reach its ideal moisture percentage. During that time, the coffee is moved several times daily for even drying.

 

All the images and information about this coffee and its producers have been kindly shared by the importer, Caravela, and edited by us, Sample Coffee (unless linked to or credited otherwise).

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Producer

Eladio Gonzalo Chamba Herrera

Farm/Coop

Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe

Country

Ecuador

Region

Loja

Altitude

2055m above sea level

Varietals

Bourbon

Process

Washed

Harvested

October 2023

Body

Acidity

Tasting notes

Strawberry, red apple, raspberry

Roast style

Omni

Varietals

Bourbon varietal

A natural mutation of the Typica varietal, Bourbon is named after Reunion Island (then known as Il Bourbon) where the French cultivated the Typica plants which naturally mutated.

The location

Coffee from Ecuador

For a long time most of Ecuador’s coffee production was for commodity grade export or the production of soluble coffees (freeze dried coffee). Only in the last few years has the potential of the country’s coffee production been really explored. We’re very excited about the potential Ecuador and have some truly exceptional coffees


The Loja region of Ecuador

Mountainous southern region with conditions suited perfectly to high quality coffee production

Farm processes

Washed process

Machines are used to remove the flesh from the coffee cherry before being fermented in water, washed again, and finally sun dried. This process tends to result in more distinct, cleaner flavours.

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