Colombia Ramiro Erazo
We are excited to offer another coffee from the FUDAM association and a new relationship with Ramiro that has come out of our trip to Nariño. Ramiro Erazo is a picker turned producer. This high elevation Caturra and Castillo coffee contains notes of apricot, sweet lemon, and a subtle sorghum sweetness.
Don Ramiro Erazo is 37 years old and works his farm, El Naranjo, with the help of his father in law. During most of his life, Ramiro worked as a picker, living off a daily wage and saving what he could to buy his own piece of land. Three years ago he was able to purchase a small farm in the Municipality of San Lorenzo, and slowly recovered the abandoned Caturra trees in the farm. Ramiro hopes to improve his mill with premiums from specialty coffee and create a small part of the farm that still does not have coffee.
*Informational help by Pedro Echevarria (Pergamino)
From The Roaster: "My last visit to Nariño was great. But I will say, flying to Nariño is straight up crazy. I’m usually coming from Medellín after visiting our friend Pedro Echavarria, owner of Pergamino Coffee Exporters and Pergamino Café. The airstrip to land on is along a 3000 meter-high sheered mountain terrace. When I was boarding the small prop plane, even the locals seemed anxious, and the captain lets us know it may take 2-3 “attempts” to land. After arriving, we began a 3-hour drive through the most breathtaking ravines and mountain ranges I've seen in Colombia.
Once arrived, we met with the head of FUDAM, Roquel, a new association we are working with. I started to hear not only their story but also planning the trip to the farms we were visiting. Roquel is an incredibly kind and driven woman who has spearheaded the quality over quantity push in her area. There are 350 producers within the Association, and together with Pergamino and like-minded roasters, they managed to raise money for new depulpers and African raised-beds for 20% of the association. The depulpers and raised-beds help clean up the processing of coffee. This is a substantial effort that raises the price and quality of coffee in the area. She also leads a pointed focus of helping women producers in the area which now make up 30% of the association. Overall she’s a badass, and we are totally stoked to be working with her."
- Roast: light
- Acidity: medium acidity
- Body: medium-bodied
- Taste Notes: apricot, candied lemon, almond, sorghum, juicy
- Process: washed
- Origin: Finca El Naranjo, Colombia
- Varietal: Caturra, Castillo
- Altitude: 1,920 masl