The Colonial Reserve: Colombia Finca La Falda Jose Arcadio Caro
Over a land size of 10 hectares, Finca La Falda is grown over 3 hectares of land -the rest is planted with corn, beans and tomatoes, which help the family to supplement their income. All year round, Finca La Falda is producing only 55 bags of 15kg green coffee each year, and we are proud to be able to secure 8 out of this 55 bags this year. That works out to only 120kg of greens which will only yield about 100kg of coffees after roasting!
The Colonial Reserve (TCR) refers to our coffee program that was first created and launch in May 2015. In this program, series of specially sourced and curated single origin coffees are introduced; most often then not, rare and exotic, award-winning, high scoring on the cupping table and outrageously delicious! Ever since then, we have successfully introduced eight exceptional micro-lot single origins (some was ever nano-lot too) and this brings you to TCR number 9.
Over a land size of 10 hectares, Finca La Falda is grown over 3 hectares of land,
the rest is planted with corn, beans and tomatoes, which help the family to supplement their income. All year round, Finca La Falda is producing only 55 bags of 15kg green coffee each year, and we are proud to be able to secure 8 out of this 55 bags this year. That works out to only 120kg of greens which will only yield about 100kg of coffees after roasting! This is not really a lot given that the boys in the roastery will probably 'drink 50% of this coffee' on the namesake of R&D. (Alright we are joking on the drinking part but really, there is only 100kg of roasted beans estimated.)
This exceptional Caturra Chiroso lot was processed, dry-milled and exported by Pergamino - a producer that Dutch Colony has been working with the last five years for most of our Colombian coffees. This 100% Caturra Chiroso variety is also truly a rare varietal that is rarely seen outside of the region, characterised by its elongated cherry and displaying a spectacular cup of floral, rhubarb and lychee notes. Never heard of this varietal? (We can assume some of you are now reaching into the pockets to 'Google' it) Well, that’s not surprising. It is a variety of Caturra originating in Urrao that is rarely seen outside the region. The variety is characterised by an elongated cherry and is known locally for its productivity.
Jose was one of the first farmers in the region to begin planting significant plots of it and commercialising it. We feel very lucky to get our hands on some this year, and are grateful that Jose has also shared seed with producers in the surrounding area. This unselfish act truly makes this coffee in the TCR program all the more meaningful and special.
For those of us who love geek-ing out on farm specifications and details, the information below is for you. To everyone else, Finca La Falda launches in the shop on the 17th of July 2019 and is available both as a filtered coffee option as well as in a 250gm bag or 1kg bag (online store only), for you to brew at the comfort of your own home.
The Colonial Reserve #009
COLOMBIA FINCA LA FALDA
|Farm:||Finca La Falda, Jose Arcadio Caro|
|Varietal:||100% Caturra Chiroso|
|Processing:||Fully washed & dried in parabolic beds|
|Altitude:||1,940 metres above sea level|
|Owner:||Jose Arcadio Caro Rueda|
|Town:||Urrao, Vereda de San Carlos|
|Size of farm:||10 hectares|
|Area under coffee:||3 hectares|
|Harvest Month:||October-January / April-May|
|Tasting Notes:||Floral, Rhubarb, Lychee|