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Colombia Cafe Granja La Esperanza Sudan Rume Natural


Beginning in 1930, Israel Correa and Carmen Rosa Vega arrived in Valle del Cauca seeking unoccupied land to start a farm, acquiring Potosi. Over the upcoming years, there weren’t major changes in their way of life, besides of raising a big family which was the Colombian tradition in those days. Following this and the lack of labor, the children had to help by doing farm work. In 1945, three different varieties were introduced to the existing Typica; Yellow Bourbon, Red Bourbon and Caturra.

Two of the eleven children, Rigoberto and Luis, showed special interest in coffee production and processing. They decided to give their crop a new direction, changing to organic in the late 90’s. Besides Potosí, another farm in the Trujillo region was acquired to enlarge the organic production, La Esperanza farm. In 2007 Don Rigoberto had the chance to lease and manage a coffee farm in the region of Boquete in Panama, called “La Carleida”, and a year later obtained first place in the “Best coffee of Panama”. At this point he decided to bring some of the Geisha seeds to Colombia, starting a new era in the history of Granja La Esperanza.

Five farms now make up the Café Granja La Esperanza: Cerro Azul, Las Margaritas, La Esperanza, Potosi and Hawaii. With a reputation for producing competition winning coffees, processes are matched with varieties to produce unique flavour profiles.

The Las Margaritas farm, known to the workers as the ‘garden of varieties’, has built a reputation as for competition winning coffees due to the varied and unusual varieties grown.

Sudan Rume is an unusual varietal exhibiting unusual mentholated characteristics in the cup with fresh ginger strongly at the fore. No wonder this has been used to win national brewers competition. Available both as natural and washed, the natural is picked, carefully sorted and placed in a silo for 48 hours before being moved to solar drying facilities for 28 days. Resting afterwards can last for up to 3 months, until the astringency of the the very fresh coffee has balanced out and complexity developed.

Sudan Rume is a landrace varietal, originally noted in 1942 in the Sudanese highlands.

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Café Granja La Esperanza - An insight into this award-winning producer

31 July 2019