Norbey, with his wife & two children, own & run La Esmeralda. The farm is 12 hectares, with 5 hectares planted with coffee. They also produce plantain, lime & mandarin.
After working as a coffee picker across Huila, Norbey purchased La Esmeralda in 2005. Initially, he grew commercial coffee, but in 2010 he started planting more exotic cultivars, Geisha, Papayo & Pink Bourbon & started trialling different processing methods.
After harvesting the coffee cherries were floated to remove any underdeveloped fruit & then manually sorted to remove defects. The cherries were then wet fermented for 30 hours, de-pulped, washed & finally dried on raised beds until the moisture content reached 11%.
region Acevedo, Huila
farm/farmer La Esmeralda
This lot is 100% Caturra- it is a mutation of Bourbon discovered in Brasil in 1937. The plant is a dwarf so it can be planted close together resulting in more production per hectare. Caturra has good flavour characteristics but is susceptible to disease.
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