Colombia

Maria Edilma Medina

Released January 2, 2019

Tasting notes

Rosehip, red apple, grape jelly
Medium bodied with medium acidity

We’re proud to be returning to La Esperanza for a fourth year to share this latest harvest with you.

Finca La Esperanza is owned by Maria Edilma Medina, who moved to the Huila region ten years ago to escape violence and conflict elsewhere in Colombia.

She bought the farm in partnership with Elias and Isaias Lizcano (her father-in-law) and he helps manage the farm and maintain quality.

After studying the PECA education program run by our sourcing partners Caravela, Maria feels better able to manage the farm, and the higher quality crops are earning better prices.

The move from commodity coffee to specialty coffee was a great way to improve her life: the extra money has helped pay some of her debts and also better provide for her family. Before focusing on specialty coffee she says it was difficult to take care of her farm because of a lack of money, but she’s now able to reinvest in improving the quality of her crop.

Across nine hectares they grow 1,600 Caturra and 2,000 Castillo trees, producing around 1,100kg of coffee.

Country: Colombia

Region: Gigante, Huila

Altitude: 1700m above sea level

Varietals: Caturra, Castillo

Process: Washed

Producer: Maria Edilma Medina

Map showing location of Colombia Maria Edilma Medina


What makes up Colombia Maria Edilma Medina?

Varietals

Castillo varietal

Castillo is named after the researcher Jamie Castillo, who helped develop the varietal in 2005 by Cenicafe, Colombia’s coffee research centre

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.


The Huila region of Colombia

This region boasts the perfect combination of high quality soil and geography and is quickly becoming one of the largest coffee producing regions in Colombia. One of the best regarded regions for high quality, fruit driven coffee.

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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