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Reviewed by Coffee Review in June 2022, our Colombia Finca La Guaca Ají scored an incredible 94 point review!

This unique coffee was produced by José Hernán Salazar Benavides and Marina Elina Ansasoy on their farm Finca La Guaca, which is situated in the town of Pitalito of Southern Colombia. José’s and Marina’s coffee was initially brought to our attention at Colombia’s Cup of Excellence competition in 2020, where we purchased it through the Cup of Excellence auction. This lot is an “Ají” variety coffee, which is the Spanish word for chili pepper. José named it after noticing the spicy smell of its cherries. These subtle chili pepper-like qualities are also subtly present in the cup, giving this coffee a truly one-of-a-kind flavor. After questions were raised about this obscure variety during the 2020 Colombia Cup of Excellence competition, Cup of Excellence decided to have it tested by RD2 Vision, a coffee research and development company based in France. It was determined that “Ají” is a newly discovered Ethiopia Landrace, simply meaning it’s a previously unknown heirloom variety from Ethiopia, where Arabica coffee originates. Landrace plants are grown from seeds that have not been systematically selected or hybridized by plant breeders.

Finca La Guaca was sparsely planted with coffee trees when José took over farm ownership in 2001. The previous owner taught José proper processing techniques and farm management. Today, José primarily focuses on harvesting and fermentation, while his wife Marina manages the washing and drying of the coffee. In addition to coffee, the family also cultivates plantain, yucca, beans, corn and tomatoes for personal consumption and supplement income.

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Colombia Finca La Guaca Aji

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$23.50 / 6 oz.

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Characteristics

CHARACTERISTICS

ROAST

Light

BODY

Creamy, complex

ACIDITY

Vibrant

NOTES

Pineapple, lime, coriander

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Reviewed by Coffee Review in June 2022, our Colombia Finca La Guaca Ají scored an incredible 94 point review!

This unique coffee was produced by José Hernán Salazar Benavides and Marina Elina Ansasoy on their farm Finca La Guaca, which is situated in the town of Pitalito of Southern Colombia. José’s and Marina’s coffee was initially brought to our attention at Colombia’s Cup of Excellence competition in 2020, where we purchased it through the Cup of Excellence auction. This lot is an “Ají” variety coffee, which is the Spanish word for chili pepper. José named it after noticing the spicy smell of its cherries. These subtle chili pepper-like qualities are also subtly present in the cup, giving this coffee a truly one-of-a-kind flavor. After questions were raised about this obscure variety during the 2020 Colombia Cup of Excellence competition, Cup of Excellence decided to have it tested by RD2 Vision, a coffee research and development company based in France. It was determined that “Ají” is a newly discovered Ethiopia Landrace, simply meaning it’s a previously unknown heirloom variety from Ethiopia, where Arabica coffee originates. Landrace plants are grown from seeds that have not been systematically selected or hybridized by plant breeders.

Finca La Guaca was sparsely planted with coffee trees when José took over farm ownership in 2001. The previous owner taught José proper processing techniques and farm management. Today, José primarily focuses on harvesting and fermentation, while his wife Marina manages the washing and drying of the coffee. In addition to coffee, the family also cultivates plantain, yucca, beans, corn and tomatoes for personal consumption and supplement income.

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Estabilished:

1995

Owners:

Helen Russell & Brooke McDonnell

Awards:

2016 National Small Business of the Year.

2010 Roaster of the Year - Roast Mag.

 2016 Good Food Awards Winner.

2013 1st Place winner Roasters Choice Awards.

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Equator's commitment to a sustainable, transparent approach spans more than two decades. Today, Equator operates nine cafes predominantly in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2016, the U.S. Small Business Administration honored Equator by naming Equator the "National Small Business of the Year." Since their founding, Equator has been a leader in sustainability and social responsibility. In 2011, they formalized their commitment to sustainability by becoming a certified B Corporation, making it the first California coffee roaster to do so. Equator’s philosophy on coffee is built from a question: how do they create value from their perch in the coffee supply chain, standing at the intersection between local and distant coffee communities? It is this question that continues to frame their narrative as they strive to grow a business that values the stakeholders in both communities with respect for the people, the process, and the product. Equator believes that quality underlies economic and environmental sustainability, and this is the pillar of our approach. They support environmentally sound certifications, as well as practices that produce the highest quality coffee while securing a dignified life for those who produce it.

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