Continent: South America
Farm: Finca Lugmapata
Region: Pallatanga, Chimborazo
Variety: 'Typica' Mejorado
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A beautiful bouquet of Lavender, lime, bergamot and honey. Crisp acidity like a brut Champagne paired with a honey like sweetness. Jasmine-like florals and citrus carry into the finish. Simply one of the most intoxicating washed coffees we have come across in quite some time.
Finca Lugmapata is a family-run operation located in Pallatanga, Chimborazo, Ecuador. Situated between 1,650 and 2,000 m.a.s.l., they grow several different varieties, including: Bourbon Sidra, Typica Mejorado, Pache and Sarchimore.
In 2012, the first 20,000 trees were planted and by 2022, they expect to have 10 Ha of coffee planted in total (well over 50,000 trees). While the farm extends upwards to 2,000 meters, all of the current lots are planted at around 1,750 m.a.s.l.
In their first year of production, 2016, they achieved 3rd place in the Taza Dorada and in their second year of production, 2017, they achieved first place! Due to their meticulous operation, including selecting only the ripest cherries, double wash in cherry to ensure consistency in the fermentation process, various fermentation experiments, taking great care in the washing and drying and proper storage of the coffee post-drying, these achievements are no surprise! In addition, the social component of this farm is really what makes them stand out. In order to help improve the lives of those living in and around Pallatanga, they prepared in their nursery new trees of primarily Bourbon Sidra, which were/are destined for new coffee growers in the area. The idea is to teach them how to produce high quality coffees, create sustainable businesses and improve their livelihoods. Finca Lugmapata will be purchasing the cherry from their neighbors to ensure more consistent cup quality year over year.
This coffee comes from a variety developed in Ecuador by NESTLE called 'Typica Mejorado' meaning 'Improved Typica'. This coffee presents a cup profile unlike any Typica though. An exhilarating, sweet, geisha-like experience! The amazing fragrance hints that this is no ordinary Typica-variety coffee. Recent genetic testing has shown that there is actually no Typica lineage in this coffee at all (despite the name). It's a hybrid of Bourbon-variety coffees and Ethiopian line. Because of its common sounding name this variety is often over looked compared to the much trendier hybrid in Ecuador called Sidra. But we consistently find the Typica Mejorado variety to be even more impressive on the cupping table, especially from higher altitude farms like Finca Lugmapata