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Colombia

Germán Sanchez

The land Germán farms on holds rich tradition. Named Samora by his grandfather, it has been maintained by each generation of their family since. Their coffee has notes of apple, toffee, and berry.

Body     Acidity
Roasted omni for filter and espresso

On the hills of the rural area of China Alta, near the city of Ibague, you’ll find Germán Sanchez tending to his precious coffee trees on his farm. He shares this space with his wife, Miralba Gallego. The land holds a rich tradition, initially acquired by his grandfather, who named it Samora. Later, his father took over and maintained the name. Through hard work, he eventually purchased the farm from his father, preserving the tradition of its original name. This achievement took place around 2011, marking the beginning of his independent operation.

Germán’s connection with coffee started at a young age, helping his father on the farm and learning the nuances of coffee cultivation. The love and passion he holds for coffee trace back to his parents. In 2020, he entered the realm of high-quality coffee production, coinciding with his introduction to Caravela. This shift in perspective prompted him to change coffee varieties, refine his processes, and upgrade the overall infrastructure of the farm.

His primary motivation for getting into specialty coffee has been the improved prices, allowing him to enhance both his crop and quality of life. Recognition for the quality of his coffee has further fueled his motivation. His wife plays a crucial role on the farm, assisting in tasks such as post-processing and accounting.

Proud of his achievements in coffee, Germán sees the effort reflected in his coffee trees and the quality of the beans. This success propels him to continue pushing forward.

In the coffee processing journey, this producer begins with careful and selective picking of ripe coffee cherries, actively avoiding any green ones. These cherries are transported to the wet mill, where they rest in the reception container without water for 12 hours before undergoing pulping. Subsequently, the coffee ferments for 36 hours and undergoes one or two washes. The coffee then moves to a covered drying area until it reaches 45% humidity, concluding the drying process in a mechanical dryer with a controlled temperature of 36°C. Finally, the coffee is stored on the farm for 15 days before making its way to Caravela’s purchasing station in Ibague.

 

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1:3
dose:yield
ratio

To brew on espresso, we recommend using 20g of beans (dose) to get 60g of espresso out (yield), during 24-28 seconds.

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1:16.7
beans:water
ratio

To brew in infusion/fed brewers (V60, Chemex) use a ratio of 1:16.7 ratio of beans:water.

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1:14.3
beans:water
ratio

To brew in immersion brewers (plunger, AeroPress, Kalita, batch brewer) we recommend using a 1:14.3 ratio of beans:water

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1:12
beans:water
ratio

To brew as cold brew we recommend using a 1:12 ratio of beans:water

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Producer

Germán Sanchez

Farm/Coop

Samora

Country

Colombia

Region

Tolima

Altitude

1879m above sea level

Varietals

Caturra

Process

Washed

Body

Acidity

Tasting notes

Apple, toffee, berry

Roast style

Omniroast

Varietals

Caturra varietal

Caturra is a natural mutation of Bourbon that was originally discovered in Brazil in 1937, considered to be the first naturally occurring mutation ever discovered.

The location

Coffee from Colombia

Colombia is one of the largest coffee producers in the world and benefits greatly from having one of the most unique and complex set of micro-climates of all coffee producing nations.

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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