Ecuador Chirimoya by Finca Cruz Loma
Tastes: Sweet, raw sugars, ripe fruits
Varieties: Caturra, Typica
Regions: Imbabura and Pichincha Provinces
Process: Washed & dried on raised beds
Importer: Royal Coffee
Galo Morales and Maria Alexandra Rivera are making a name for themselves in the Ecuadorian coffee scene. In recent years Galo’s name has appeared in various regional and national cupping competitions in Ecuador, if not all-out winning then certainly placing in the top three, and setting multiple price records to boot. This year, Morales is the proud first-place champion of Ecuador’s national quality competition, the Taza Dorada. His winning lot sold for an astounding $100 per pound – another record for Ecuadorian coffee prices. It’s official: Finca Cruz Loma is setting the standard for coffee from this region. Like so many of Ecuador’s best coffee producers, Galo is constantly pushing boundaries and striving for better results: constant experimentation between altitudes, soil types, and cutting-edge plant care techniques are part of what makes his farm successful. In addition, Galo’s experience in the value chain allowed him to find his own export company and create opportunities for other farms by representing their coffees to importers and directly to Royal Coffee.
This lot comes from various producers organized around Finca Cruz Loma, who work with Galo and Maria Alexandra to improve their processing techniques and export capacity. They called this lot “Chirimoya”, after the unique white-fleshed fruit that grows in the Andes, which is as complex, delicate, and floral as this coffee. The principal harvest months in Pichincha and Imbabura are June to September, but farms often continue picking through December. Ecuador’s namesake position on the Earth’s equator means that medium-altitude coffee enjoys practically a perfect year-round growing season, often with flowering and ripe cherry sharing the same branch most months. For small farms, this means a small but long-term labor force to manage the slow, perfectionist work required for such a drawn-out harvest. In addition to coffee, it is typical for farms in this area to grow any combination of potatoes, plantains, corn, sugar cane, cacao, soursop, chirimoya, and the heart of palm.
As everywhere in the coffee world, harvest on small farms typically involves the whole available family and hired pickers. Coffee in Pichincha and Imbabura is processed at home on personal equipment and dried on hand-made structures and greenhouses. In Cruz Loma’s careful washed processing method, selectively harvested ripe cherries are washed clean, then depulped before fermenting in tanks for 20-26 hours, after which cherries are placed on raised beds under shaded canopies to dry. Ecuador is a fascinating coffee origin, with tons of history and an exciting outlook for the future. The coffees are so delicious, complex, floral, and immaculately processed as to be almost irresistible. These producers are at the forefront of both innovation and impeccable execution, and the results are in the cup: irresistibly clean, juicy, and straight-up delicious. Finca Cruz Loma is no exception.
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