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Oscar Proaño

We find flavours of orange juice, dark chocolate

Body     Acidity

Roasted omni for filter and espresso

One of the aims of Brew Crew is discovering new coffees from different origins around the world, and with this delivery you’re enjoying the first coffee from Ecuador that we’ve shared.

Ecuador produces a mix of mostly arabica and some robusta, which is a more bitter species which is typically used in commodity blends and instant coffee. Ecuador’s total production in 2015 was around a million 60kg bags (the standard for measuring production), which is a smaller crop than Costa Rica, El Salvador and Nicaragua.

In fact, even if you combine those four countries, they’re still dwarfed by Ethiopia’s annual crop of 6 million bags, or Colombia’s 11.6 million.

This particular coffee comes from a farm called La Barbanera run by Oscar Proaño and his wife Flores Azucena, and it’s a farm that has been in the Azucena family for over 40 years.

Flores has a passion for quality and tends to the coffee plants, developing ways to improve their harvest. Oscar is a retired police officer who helps his wife manage the farm.

Caravela, our partners in Ecuador, worked with them to share the best methods for fertilisating the crop and benefits of slow drying the coffee. Since applying these new processes, Flores and Oscar have seen a great improvement in their crop’s quality, which is reflected by the higher value of their crop.

While coffee from the farm is the result of Flores’s work and has been in her family for 40 years, it is her husband’s name that is used in the documentation for this coffee. To help maintain the traceability of this coffee from farm to you, we’re following the same naming pattern.


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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Oscar Proaño




Nanegal, Quito


1300m above sea level






May 2016





Tasting notes

Orange juice, dark chocolate

Roast style


Map showing location of Ecuador Oscar Proaño


Typica varietal

Considered to be one of the ‘genus’ varietals from which all other varietals have mutated from

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 Zamora Chinchipe region of Ecuador

The region sits east of Loja with high rates of organic 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.

Coffee delivery: coffee in resealable bag and farm information card

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