BEHIND THE CUP
Nestled in the breathtaking heights of Buesaco, Narino, lies an exceptional coffee farm, Los Campos Verdes, tended by Mariana Martinez. For a quarter-century, this extraordinary woman has nurtured not only her two children, but also the verdant coffee bushes that thrive in this mountain paradise, a land inherited from her parents. This is not just a tale of a coffee grower. It's a story of a legacy, lovingly handed down through generations, infused into every coffee bean harvested, and savoured in every cup.
Mariana was only 25 when she embraced the responsibility of tending to this precious parcel of land, her heritage. As a single mother, her life was a delicate dance between raising her children and her coffee bushes. With each passing season, as her children grew, so did her coffee plants, bearing cherries that held the promise of a richer future. Over the years, her eldest son started to mirror Mariana's fascination with coffee, taking the family tradition forward by soaking in the nuances of coffee farming and processing at Pergaminos lab in the nearby town.
Each coffee bean from Los Campos Verdes is a testament to Mariana's dedication and passion. Cherries are carefully handpicked and meticulously processed. This isn't mere farming; it's an art form—a ritual steeped in tradition and respect for the land. The washed process, in particular, requires her expert touch and deep knowledge. Each cherry is depulped, its seeds fermented underwater for 36 hours and then washed to achieve the perfect balance of fruit esters and organic acids. The coffee beans are sun-dried on elevated tables, ready to travel to you, preserving their aromatic richness and unique flavour profile.
Mariana's story is woven into every bag of this Colombian offering. It's not just a coffee; it's a heritage—a testament to the power of perseverance and love for the craft. By choosing this coffee, you become a part of this story, savouring the fruits of Mariana's hard work and dedication, cup after beautiful cup.
NOTES FOR GEEKS
Farm: Mariana Martinez
Varietal: Bourbon, Caturra, Castillo
SCA Score: 86+
Elevation: 2120 masl
Region: Buesaco, Narino