El Vergel

El Vergel

Acevedo, Colombia

Regular price $17.00 Sale

View Cart
Country: Colombia
Region: Acevedo
Variety: Castillo, Caturra
Altitude: 1600-1700 MASL
Processing: Fully Washed
Altitude: 1600-1700 MASL
Tasting Notes: Brown Sugar, Almond, Red Apple

The municipality of Acevedo, located in the south-eastern corner of the department of Huila, is a refreshingly no-nonsense, rough and tumble town surrounded by beautiful coffee farms that blanket the nearby mountains. While on a trip to meet sourcing partners in Acevedo last September, we selected this lot, which features coffees from three neighboring producers: Diosmedez Cantillo, Jamir Useche Gonzales, and Jair Caicedo.

Elevation is an important indicator of potential cup quality in specialty coffee. Coffees grown at higher elevations (1800 MASL and above) tend to benefit from larger diurnal temperature variation and cooler nights that contribute to slower coffee cherry maturation. Slower cherry maturation generally means more sweetness, higher perceived acidity, and increased flavor complexity in the cup. 

Farms in Acevedo are quite interesting as coffees grown at modest altitudes of 1400-1800 MASL often exhibit desirable flavor qualities associated with higher elevations. Perhaps the best explanation for this is the jungle that lies adjacent to many farms in the region. In the evenings, cool air from the jungle rolls over the coffee farms, creating a microclimate that simulates higher elevation conditions.

After a memorable first visit to Acevedo last year, we are proud to release El Vergel as our initial offering from the region and excited to feature more coffees from this hardworking community in the years to come.