LA AURORA - COLOMBIA - NATURAL
Producer: Raw Material
District: Villamaria, Caldas
MASL: 1800 - 1900
Roasting Profile: Filter, Aeropress, French Press
Please note, if you're selecting 500g, you will receive 2 x 250g bags.
Finca La Aurora is located in the Caldas Department of Colombia. Operated by Rubiel Orrego, La Aurora serves as a central collection point for cherry that is purchased at stable and predictable prices from coffee producers in the area surrounding the farm. The coffee collected here is used to produce washed, honey and natural processed coffee through the Red Association Villamaria project.
It is situated at 1810 meters above sea level which is an ideal altitude for processing high quality washed coffee. Specialized drying rooms were constructed in 2017 giving greater control over production variables. As well as providing cover against the elements, Rubiel is able to control the drying time of the coffee in a manner that optimizes quality.
For natural processing, coffee grown at altitude in and around La Aurora is hand sorted and delivered in the cool of the early morning to the Villamaria drying station. Located outside the town of Chinchina, coffee is placed in buckets prior to delivery to Villamaria and undergoes a 24-hour aerobic fermentation prior to drying.
At 1300 meters above sea level, the humidity and day time temperatures are ideal for drying natural processed coffee. Coffee is dried on multilayered raised beds in specialized drying rooms for 15 days, after which is it placed in temperature-controlled drying silos for a further 3 days to finish the drying process. This, coupled with the high grown altitude of the coffee, hand sorting, and pre-drying fermentation, delivers a delicious tropical and juicy flavour profile.
Producers receive payments for their cherry that guarantee 40% profit on the relative cost of production for producing traditional washed coffee. This equals payments 35% above the average internal market price across the 12 months from September 2019.
By delivering cherry to this project producers are guaranteed a market for their production, a profitable and sustainable operation, and immediate payment for their coffee.