After Pablo telling me yesterday that 60,000kg of coffee was picked (a new record for a day at the plantation!) I wanted to write an entry about the variety of coffee that has been chosen at La Marianela.
In the past Pablo and his father Hernan who founded the estate, used Caturra, a very typical varietal used throughout Colombia. However, after many years, the Caturra crop proved susceptible to leaf rust; a disease that hinders photosynthesis and causes the leaves to perish and drop.
Such issues proved particularly difficult and expensive to control using continuous application of fertilisers. Now 5 years later using Catimor, a High yielding variety, La Marianela’s cup result has been fantastic. Combinations of the quality of soil here, the altitude and the climate of the region all play a part in delivering a great harvest of superb quality.
(I was also given a sneak peek at a few micro lots in growth that will be exclusively for Extract Coffee – varietals such as pink bourbon, geisha and some caturra are something to look out for in the future! )
The pictures below show the development of the coffee from cherry through the different stages of processing, and also some of Extract's exclusive micro lots which are in their early stages. The final pic gives you a flavour of just how beautiful it is out here!
Follow me on Instagram @henryjedwards for more photos and and snaps from the harvest.
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