THIS IS PERFECT FOR:
Any time of day
You can read plenty about Finca Beraca in our blog post on Chris’s trip to Colombia as it was one of the farms he visited, along with the good people of Banexport (the Colombian exporter) and Cafe Imports (the trader whom we work with in Colombia). Beraca is a young farm, only now 2.5 years old, and the quality of these first harvest is amazing, especially considering that the varietal used here is Castillo – not the most popular. Castillo is 1/20th robusta, according to its genetic make-up, so specialty coffee nerds generally tend to dismiss it.
What works in its favour however, is the yield (loads more cherry per tree) and the resistance it has to pests and diseases. Hence if processed carefully and correctly, with great attention to detail, awesome results can be achieved, and this is the best-tasting washed Castillo we’ve found to date. We found it on the Colombia trip, where it was one of the higher-scoring lots, despite us not knowing where it was from.
The Sarria’s (Milton’s dad Gilberto still supervises the farm workings at the age of 69) have been farming coffee for 35 years or more, so they’re experts at what they do. Finca Beraca is their second farm, after Finca Cristalina – both are big farms for Cauca state in Colombia.
They’ve been working with Banexport for a few years, and the info that is supplied by the exporter team to the family, as well as the expertise in processing and agronomy, makes a tangible difference, not only to the bottom line.
This is coffee is like a showcase of all that;s great about Colombian coffee – it’s bright in terms of acidity, but also well rounded, with plenty of honeycomb and caramel flavours present. It’ll work predominantly in filter and cafetiere brewing methods, but it’s versatile to be used for espresso also, though some careful dialling-in will be required.
This is the first year of what we hope will be a long relationship with Senor Milton and his family, so we’ll keep you in the loop via this site as to any updates for 2020, as and when they happen. Enjoy!
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Señor Milton Sarria & family
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