Varietal: Marsellesa, Catuai, & Sarchimore
Farm: Finca Las Cascadas
Altitude: 900 - 1,900 MASL
Cupping Notes: Plum, Dark Chocolate, Crème Brûlée, Graham Cracker
Description: Finca Las Cascadas was the second farm for E-Cafe Chiapas, the wonderful export group and NGO who we worked with for this naturally processed coffee. Finca Las Cascadas, named for the many waterfalls on the finca, was called by the previous owner, Finca Belgica, but when E-Cafe took it over they planned not only to improve the name, but the coffee quality as well. And when a group that took another Chiapas farm (Finca Las Chicharras) from unheard of, to a COE winner in the span of 3 years, you have to take them serious. Not only do we think that E-Cafe is producing incredible coffee on this farm, they’ve taken to initiative to be one of the few people in Mexico producing naturals. E-Cafe had only produced washed coffees, until 2018 when a specialty coffee importer from Taiwan requested a natural lot from Finca Las Cascadas. The forward thinking doesn’t stop at coffee processing with E-Cafe, they have social development projects going on for the people who work for them, and the people who lives in their surrounding areas. Their main operations outside of coffee are the Icathus School, a boarding school for underprivileged children, affordable financing offered to producers, and working with community and government leaders to improve infrastructure, education, and health. These operations are funded by the government and the sales of their coffee.
This naturally processed lot is handpicked and sun dried on raised beds in a green house that maintains a temperature of 30-35℃. The coffee goes through destoning after drying to ensure that no foreign matter makes it through. After hulling to remove the dried skin and parchment, the green coffee is color sorted and graded by size to keep the lot uniform visually and in quality.
The cup profile is a different from what you get out of naturals that taste more like fruit juice than coffee. This one from Finca Las Cascadas is dense with sweetness and body. We get Ripe Plum and Dark Chocolate while the coffee is hot, and it cools with notes of Graham Cracker and Crème Brûlée.