We’re back in Colombia for this delivery, from the farm El Altico near the village of Las Ventas in the hills of the Cauca region.
It’s in these hills that Guiverney Narvaez has lived all his life.
Guiverney inherited Las Ventas from his father, a hard-working coffee farmer who inspired Guiverney to continue his work.
With hard work, sacrifice and some trial and error, Guiverney has successfully expanded his coffee plantation and improved the quality of the crop. Now the farm is made up of over 5,000 healthy Caturra trees.
Our sourcing partner in Colombia, Caravela, helps farmers like Guiverney through access to training, research, and ongoing support through their Programa de Educación a Caficultores (PECA) program.
With help from PECA and his own continual focus on improvement, Guiverney believes he can reach more micolot (ML) grades and eventually have a fixed contract to produce specialty coffee.
What’s a Colombian coffee?
We’ve been sharing the diversity of coffees from Colombia with you as part of Brew Crew. It’s a country unlike any other: home to such a wide range of microclimates that it’s hard to define what a “Colombian” coffee should taste like. If you associate Colombia with rich chocolate flavours, it’s time to reconsider.
This coffee is a great example of that diversity: it’s got a lighter body, great complexity and bursting with sweetness. Depending how you’re brewing, these lighter coffees may benefit from slightly more fine grind settings, so it’s worth experimenting with grind if you’re not happy.
You can also see our previous Colombian coffees listed on this page, along with their tasting notes.
If you’d like a hand getting the flavour of this coffee right, we’ll be posting some brew notes on the website with this coffee later this week.