El Eden - Java Natural
ROAST | LIGHT
ORIGIN | TOLIMA, COLOMBIA
NOTES | PINEAPPLE, MANGO, BLACKBERRY, JUICY
Coffee from the El Vergel Estate has easily become some of the most anticipated and exciting coffee from Colombia. This Anaerobic Natural Java from the El Eden microlot is no exception. Java is an excellent variety choice for smallholder farms in Central and South America. It is tolerant to major diseases and has the potential to produce excellent cup quality at high elevations. We have been impressed with everything from the El Vergel Estate, but Shady and Elias Bayter really have created 4 hectares of paradise with this Java microlot.
The processing of this coffee utilizes a typical whole cherry fermentation process. Ripe coffee cherries are added to 200-liter plastic tanks and sealed for 42 hours. Water is then used to fill the tank halfway and accelerate fermentation activity. This stage of the processing is complete after another 30 hours. During anaerobic fermentation, naturally occurring microbes (particularly Lactobacillales) consume sugars present in the coffee cherry and produce lactic acid. These enzymatic reactions increase the complexity of the coffee and can make for some surprising and delicious flavor profiles.
The coffee is finally dried in temperature-controlled warehouses to reach a final moisture content of 11%. The drying process can take over 30 days, and careful attention is needed to ensure that all of the coffee dries evenly and does not produce any off-flavors.
We have had the pleasure of working with the Bayter Brothers for several years (and through two roastery upgrades). We are able to purchase coffee directly from the estate via their own green exporting company, Forest Coffee. This means we are sent samples and price negotiations from the producers themselves. These direct relationships mean the world to us and we try to purchase as much of this excellent coffee as we can.
We have especially enjoyed the unique processing impact the team at El Vergel has on the Java variety from El Eden. The inherent flavor profile of the variety holds up really well to the fermentation, producing an exceptional cup profile. We taste lots of tropical fruits such as mango and pineapple. This cup is not overly boozy, which can sometimes happen with longer ferments, but has an incredibly juicy mouthfeel that will not disappoint.
Farm | El Vergel Estates
Producer | Shady and Elias Bayter
Variety | Java
Process | Anaerobic Natural
Elevation | 1,450 masl