Colombia / Manos Juntas (Natural Process)
Dive in to a sensational cup of coffee with this sweet and juicy natural process from Colombia. This offering is comprised of high-scoring coffees from eight smallholder farms who deliver their harvests to the Manos Juntas mill for processing. This season, this coffee boasts notes of dried cranberry while remaining juicy, with extra sweet and smooth notes that remind us of cream soda.
Roast Level: Light
Tasting Notes: Dried Cranberry, Cream Soda, Juicy
GrowingAltitude: 1950–2100 masl
Processing Method: Natural
This single origin offering is comprised of high-scoring coffees from eight smallholder farms who deliver their harvests to the Manos Juntas mill for processing.
Smallholder farmers delivering to a centralized mill like Manos Juntas are able to take advantage of the technology and infrastructure needed for processing, such as drying beds, fermentation tanks, and depulpers, without having to pay for or maintain these themselves, and being able to focus on agricultural practices and healthy harvests. Producers who deliver coffees to Manos Juntas for processing are paid upfront at a fixed price well above market value, which increases financial stability for producers.
We're currently tasting notes of cranberry and cream soda in this coffee. We kept this roast on the lighter side in order to let all of those inherent qualities in these beans shine through.
The juicy, fruity quality of this coffee is thanks in part to being a natural process coffee, in which the coffee cherries undergo anaerobic fermentation for five days, are aged for an additional five days, and are then dried on solar dryers for anywhere from 30 to 45 days.
Natural processed coffees are known for their distinct and bold notes of sweetness, jammy fruit, and even wine, since the coffees’ fruit is left on the seed (bean) for several days and is not removed until after it has dried, whereas with the more common washed process, the fruit and mucilage is typically removed within 24 hours of being harvested.