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About Colombia Finca El Mango
Arrived end of May, new crop in GrainPro lined bags. We offered this coffee several years ago and it was very successful and well received. It was nice to see it rise to a top level again in our recent cupping.
Producer Gilberto Giraldo
All of the harvested coffee is transported by horses due to terrain and lack of road access
This very small lot is only a handful of bags, about 150 pounds each, from a 10 acre farm called Finca El Mango. Located in the Ituango micro region within Antioquia, the El Mango farm sits at an impressive 1800-1900 meter elevation. The producer is Gilberto Giraldo, who has been working in coffee for over 40 years. He got his start working for his father on his coffee farm, and after getting married he purchased Finca El Mango and began planting coffee on his own, mostly Caturra and Castillo varieties. While all of his children have moved onto different occupations, Gilberto has remained in coffee and has committed himself to the life long work of producing exceptional coffee. Gilberto stopped using chemical fertilizers 3 years ago but cannot afford quite yet to pay for official organic certifications that would be required to sell it as such. The farm itself is located in a very rural area where vehicles can not access the roads, so all of the coffee is transported from the farms by mules or horses.
- Producer: Gilberto Giraldo
- Elevation: 1800 - 1900 meters
- Varietal: Caturra/Castillo
- Processing: Fully washed, fully sun dried
- Farm size: 10 acres
While these obstacles proved difficult to overcome, Gilberto took them in stride and is still planning for the upcoming years. He has new varietals that will be maturing soon and is excited to experiment with different processing methods (something he had intended to do this year). His unwavering commitment to El Mango is evident and we are greatly appreciative of his work.
Cup Characteristics: Exotic orange rind, blackberry jam, gooseberry, rhubarb, oolong tea, Baker's chocolate, orange marmalade and molasses. Very succulent, mouth filling. Piquant and pleasant green apple acidity. Shows high grown pedigree and transparency.
Roasting Notes: Due to the high altitude that this coffee is grown at the beans are small and dense. To showcase the flavor profile we recommend pulling before second crack, but the bean is durable enough to withstand a darker roast if desired.