Ecuador, Finca Reina de la Asunción / Light Roast

Ecuador, Finca Reina de la Asunción / Light Roast

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Tasting Notes: grape soda, watermelon, chocolate, panela

Producer: Angel Capa Chamba, owner of Finca Reina de la Asunción

Region: Cangonamá, Loja, Ecuador

Elevation: 2,050 masl

Variety: Caturra and Typica

Process: Washed

Harvest: Summer/Fall 2018

Finca Reina de la Asunción consists of 19 hectares in total. Of those 19 hectares, only 1 hectare (~2.5 acres) is planted in coffee, a mix of Caturra and Typica. The other 18 hectares are a mix of fruit trees, a garden for personal consumption and uncultivated land.

Angel Benigno Capa Chamba, now 50 years old, has been producing coffee since he was 13. Producing specialty washed coffees is new for Angel, he has only been at it for 3 years. Coffee in this region used to all be processed in "bola" — a really poorly processed natural — and sold for low prices in the local market (there is still some of this around). The local municipality made a push for specialty 3 years ago, providing technical assistance to teach producers better practices in post-harvest, i.e. - washed coffees. Angel took the advice and starting producing washed coffees. This particular lot placing 10th in the first year of a local regional contest, Mejor de Loja. Angel wants to continue to push his quality so this year he is renovating his Caturra and Typica trees as well as planting Typica Mejorado.

Interesting Fact: Cangonamá is home to Naún Briones, the son of a poor muleteer who lived in the early 20th century. Witnessing the death of his father, being unable to pay for his funeral and seeing the general exploitation in the region by the rich, he joined up with two other "famous" bandits in the area. Upon joining forces, he dedicated himself to stealing from the largest of estates and most wealthy in the country and it was said that he kept nothing for himself, giving everything away to widows, orphans or others that were desperately in need. His name spread throughout the entire country, in newspapers and magazines, and was eventually nicknamed The Ecuadorian Robin Hood.

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