Martha and her two sons, Shady and Elias Bader, own and operate the El Vergel Estate, which sits at 1450 masl in Fresno, Colombia. This lot from El Vergel Estate is 100% Caturra that underwent a natural process, and is aptly named after the tasting notes that it most readily exhibits – the tropical fruitiness of guava and banana paired with the rich sweetness of caramel and chocolate.
What makes Guava Banana even more special? It was picked entirely by women, who Martha specifically hired to harvest this lot in order to promote their financial independence, which has directly changed the lives of over 12 women and their families to date.
To top it off, the natural process of this coffee used a 36-hour fermentation in steel tanks under anaerobic conditions. After that, it was dried to 20-30% humidity, then sealed with 30% humidity in Grainpro bags in a dark room, letting the coffee rest and continue to ferment in humidity. The first rest was around 2 days, after which they put the coffee on African beds to dry, and then repeated the process a few more times. The reason that they allow the coffee to dry on the beds in-between the rests in Grainpro is to ensure that fungus is not able to develop. The result of this meticulous process is an incredibly vibrant, fruity, juicy coffee.
This single origin Reserve coffee is one you truly won’t want to miss.