This is another exciting natural coffee from our friend Juan. This coffee is made up of Castillo and Caturra varieties, and has bubblegum fruit with mango flavours and great complexity.
El Encanto is one of Juan’s two farms, and it happens to also be his father’s favourite farm, where he likes to retreat from the hustle and bustle and enjoy the beautiful views and tranquility. It’s an exceptionally well kept coffee farm, and even has a variety garden to show the huge range in coffee plants.
Juan Saldarriaga is a young producer who took over his family’s farms in 2012 and started to plant several different and new cultivars, everything from unusual Castillos, Caturras and Tabis to Bourbon, Geisha and SL28s, among others. So far he has been figuring out how each variety performs in the environment. In the future he plans to increase production of the varieties that thrive.
Since we started working with Juan, he has built several different types of drying facilities, changed the processing, and started to manage a few other farms in the area. We are especially surprised by the effect the improved drying has on his coffees. He is drying a lot of our washed coffees under shade, and the naturals in a specially designed mechanical «cold dryer».
This coffee combines sweet mango and dark chocolate with dried figs in the aftertaste.