Finca 11 de Julio is located in Bruselas, Huila, Colombia and run by Jesus Torres. The farm sits at an elevation of approximately 1,600 meters above sea level and consists of 4 hectares of coffee. Of those 4 Ha, 75% are planted with Caturra and 30% are planted with the Colombia variety. Jesus is relatively new to specialty coffee, but has made some changes in his wet-mill to help improve cup quality. Previously, he was de-pulping at the end of the day and washing the following morning, a very standard 12-14 hour ferment in Colombia. He now puts an even greater emphasis on picking and once the pickers arrive to the wet-mill, the coffee is floated in water to remove under-ripe and over-ripe cherries and then rested in cherry between 16-20 hours. The following day the coffee is de-pulped and then dry fermented for an additional 24 hours. After washing, the coffee is dried in a greenhouse between 15-20 days, depending on the climate. The additional focus on picking, as well as floating the cherries, coupled with the new fermentation processes has really helped Jesus with cup quality. Fun Fact: the farm is actually called Finca El Porvenir, a 15 hectare family-run operation. But each family member has their own lots, and 11 de Julio is the name of his particular lot, which is also Jesus' birthdate (July 11th)! This coffee has a slight tart note reminiscent of cranberry and tamarind coupled with sweet lemon and cinnamon.
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