La Maria is a natural processed Geisha, roasted filter style. We’re tasting notes of juicy pineapple, finger-limes, strawberries accompanied by a clean, effervescent mouth-feel.
This coffee represents a new era of Colombian coffee, pushing the boundaries of a new variety and processing method which is not typically associated with the origin of Colombia. La Maria was a stand-out when we tasted it in Colombia in October and the fact it ranked overall No.2 in the competition is very exciting indeed!
La Maria is from innovative farmer Orlando Salzar and is wife. Orlando has worked as an Argonmist for many years, before renting land to fulfill a desire to grow his own Geisha coffee. The La Maria micro-lot represents his first harvest and given what he has achieved, we can expect to see much more from Orlando Salzar and family in coming years.
About Granja La Esperanze Granja La Esperanza, a group of farms in El Valle Del Cauca and Cundinamarca owned by brothers Rigoberto and Luis Eduardo Herrera. The farms are up there as some of the most progressive, with an approach akin to fine winemaking. Varieties are chosen for flavour attributes. Trained pickers go for ripest cherry only, and are paid by the day, not by weight. This enlightened approach continues, with brix meter testing of every delivery to the mill to measure sugar levels and adjust processing and drying accordingly. And you can taste every ounce of time, energy and money in these coffees. Savour this elaborate and spectacular series!