This is the first "Limited Release" coffee we've brought into the offerings, and oh my damn is it a stunner. If you are looking to try something unique and delicious AF, give this coffee a try.
Manos Juntas is a micromill in Sotara area of Colombia's Cauca region, operated and managed by our exporting partners at Banexport.
The entire concept of this micromill is based on simplifying tasks and responsibilities, for both producers and Banexport. This particular offering was first purchased in its cherry form when delivered to the mill by eight local producers, on the day of harvest. Upon arrival, the Brix and pH were recorded, and the cherries are placed in large hermetic tanks for a five-day long anaerobic fermentation: Each tank is labeled with the name of the producer, to retain traceability. During this period, nitrogen gas is introduced into the tanks in order to stimulate the yeast. Brix and pH are measured constantly through this process and are used to determine the stopping point for fermentation; the coffee is then subjected to 20°C temperatures in order to cease fermentation and remove the yeast and other microorganisms. The cherry is then 'aged" in tanks for a period of five more days before they are taken to solar dryers. Drying takes 30-45 days.
There are currently eight producers participating in the Manos Juntas program, each one a smallholder with 1-2 hectares of coffee:
- Dimer Moncayo Muñoz of Finca El Diviso
- Bernardo Moncayo Bolaños of Finca El Pino
- Geremias Moncayo Salazar of Finca Bueno Vista
- Juan Batista Gaviria of Finca Villa Susy
- Pablo Emilio Duran Guerrero of Finca El Guamo
- Armel Moncayo Truijillo of Finca Loma El Marcelo
- Ricardo Leon Moncayo of Finca La Granadilla
- Flor Maria Lopez of Finca San Jose
Flavor Notes - Berry Cobbler, Chocolate Truffle, Port wine, Cantaloupe
Region - Cauca
Variety - Pacamara
Process - Anaerobic Natural
Altitude - 1950-2100 masl