Region: Sasaima, Cundinamarca
Producer: Granja La Esperanza
Farm: Cerro Azul
Altitude: 4,760 – 5,000 feet
Our friends at Granja La Esperanza have don it again! Their newest farm is called Finca Hawaii, named in honor of Ka‘anapali Coffee Farms, the source of the Mokka variety seeds used to plant the Colombian farm. Located on the Hawaiian island of Maui, Ka‘anapali Coffee Farms helped popularize the unique Mokka cultivar. With its tiny beans, the rare Mokka variety had apparently been crossed with the locally grown Hawaiian Typica variety before making its way to Colombia. The history of the Mokka variety however goes back much further; thought to have been collected by researchers in Brazil from beans that had originated, at some point, in Yemen. The beans have a striking similarity in appearance to a Yemeni variety called Ismaili.
This coffee was processed using the “natural” method, where the beans are dried-in-the-fruit, with resulting flavor that is intensely fruity. Once unheard of in Colombia, the natural method of processing is beginning to gain popularity with more growers. Granja La Esperanza has been instrumental in influencing the Colombian Coffee Federation, who now routinely approve select natural processed lots for export.