El Faldón
Rich chocolate and apple pie aromatics. Cherry cola and orange-caramel in a sugary, juicy cup.
Our third Rare + Experimental Series offering showcases a producer of great distinction. From winning 1st Place in Colombia’s 2011 Cup of Excellence (a high-quality scoring/auction program) to producing the coffees my friend Pete brewed to win the 2013 United States and World Barista Championships, Arnulfo Leguizamo is one exceptional Colombian cafetero! Despite being so well-known and respected in Specialty circles, Sr. Leguizamo's El Faldón microlot is not just a high-scoring coffee for professionals - far from it! Featuring incredible natural sweetness with core flavors of rich chocolate and cherry cola in a sugary, juicy cup, this coffee should please just about any palate.

Sr. Luguizamo is a farmer-member of Associacion Los Naranjos, a 40-family coffee-growing cooperative in the Department of Huila, one of the most desirable coffee-growing regions in the world. You may recall that we sourced a good-sized lot from Los Naranjos last summer. This season, we were eager to source the best of the best from Los Naranjos and this microlot from Finca El Faldón delivers precisely that. With the knowledge, experience, and work he invests to produce deliciously distinctive coffees, Sr. Leguizamo’s hope is that coffee lovers will recognize these efforts through the beauty and transparency of microlots like this one. We hope so too!

Caturra (C. arabica var. caturra) is the most popular cultivar in Colombia. Since Caturra is often blended with other varieties, we think you'll find a certain joy in exploring cultivar-specific lots like the 100% Caturra that comprises El Faldón! Known for its sweetness and brightness, Caturra can be stunning. It can also be somewhat fickle about its terroir and seems to require more attention in sorting than some of the newer-to-the-scene hybrids in Colombia. Of course, with terroir like that found in Huila, in the hands of a producer like Arnulfo, Caturra can’t help but show off. Meticulous Washed processing clarifies the citric and malic fruit you’ll taste, lifting an already sweet, fresh cup.

We can barely contain our joy at being able to share Sr. Leguizamo's exceptional El Faldón microlot with you! With saturated sweetness and an extraordinary balance of sugar browning and fruit flavors, there’s no doubt you are going to love this coffee. We recommend by-the-cup methods to really savor this stunner.
Video of Arnulfo: https://vimeo.com/53887080

BodyMedium + Round
CountryColombia Huila
FarmEl Faldón
Altitude1840+ masl
HarvestWinter 2016-17