"LIMITED" ECUADOR - Finca Chorora Hybrids (Red Washed)

"LIMITED" ECUADOR - Finca Chorora Hybrids (Red Washed)

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Sweven (Bristol)

Ecuador - Finca Chorora Hybrid 170g

– “A rare and exclusive micro-lot from a talented superwoman producer and our good friend Olinka Velez”. 

what to expect in the cup

Lychee, meyer lemon, cherry blossom. Floral, delicate and complex with soft citrus and stone fruits acidity and long sweet aftertaste.
Region: Sozoranga
Variety: Hybirds
Process: Red Washed

Hybrid Red Washed This variety comes from the same experimental farm in Ecuador where endemic varietals were developed during the 1990s, such as Sidra and Typica Mejorado. In this farm, many new varietals were obtained by cross breeding various different plants like Ethiopian heirlooms and landraces with Typicas, Bourbons, Caturras, etc. This Hybrid is one of many results that were not given a name. Its real lineage of descendance is not known. Process. This coffee was hand-picked between July and August 2021. The first step was to put the cherries in fermentation tanks where they went through a Carbonic Maceration for 11 days. After the fermentation process, the cherries get pulped and washed. The prolonged carbonic maceration created a biochemical reaction which tainted the parchment in red, this is revealed after washing the coffee. Hence the name Red Washed. A very careful drying process is always used in Chorora to ensure that the moisture decreases very gradually. The parchment is laid in African beds inside Polytunnels for approximately 21 days until the desired humidity is reached. A final and very important stage of stabilisation is carried out, where the parchment coffee is placed inside GrainPro bags in a temperature controlled room. Here the coffee will stabilise for between 6 to 8 weeks until it’s ready for export.

Producer Notes

Chorora is owned by Olinka Velez and Yambamine by her sister Diana. These farms are located next to each other on a steep hillside surrounded by primary cloud forest and crossed by the old ‘Inca Road’ that once connected Cuzco with Quito. The land has stunning views towards the valley of Macara and Peru on the horizon. Diana describes their venture in coffee as a transformative way of life. Both sisters started planting coffee around the year 2010 after some big life changes, since then they’ve been drawn from the city into the land, investing a lot of effort, time and emotion into producing coffee.

This land, as Diana and Olinka would describe it, is mystical and charged with good energy. The farm is divided into two main parcels. Chorora which means ‘water well’ in Kichwa and Yambamine, which means ‘land of gold. In both lots there are a total of 8 hectares of planted coffee. The varietals produced here are Typica mejorado, Catuai, Hybrid, Sidra and at the moment they are experimenting with new varietals such as Wush Wush and Morita. Olinka and Diana are pioneers in the country for experimenting with different processes and are always developing new methods and techniques.

Managed by Hernan Cabra, expert in coffee processes, these farms have produced some unique profiles and their coffees have been used in various world competitions and have won the 2019 ‘Taza Dorada’ with a record breaking score in Ecuador. Their coffees really speak for themselves.