Santiago Caro - Chiroso Washed
ROAST | LIGHT MEDIUM
ORIGIN | URRAO, ANTIOQUIA, COLOMBIA
NOTES | SWEET CITRUS, BLACK CURRANT, CARAMEL APPLE
At 23 years old, Santiago Caro is one of the youngest producers with whom we've ever had the honor of working. Sporting an Armani Exchange polo and a flat bill snapback, Santiago is perhaps an unexpected figure against the backdrop of his family's farm, La Falda, nestled in the Antioquia department of Colombia.
But there's something else quite unexpected in this imagery: the coffee variety growing at La Falda is a rare mutation from Bourbon and Caturra varieties, and it's known as Chiroso. Over ten years ago, Santiago's father, José Arcadio, planted Bourbon Chiroso and Caturra Chiroso trees because he believed them to be more productive. He soon discovered that the coffee those trees produced is truly outstanding, and it has consistently received high marks at Colombia's Cup of Excellence in the years that have followed.
For his part, Santiago's mission is to help his family see their farm as a flourishing business, and he endeavors to see his neighbors get better prices for their coffees. The key to both of these goals, he explains, is consistent and exceptional processing. They are accomplishing this in large part due to the stainless steel tanks in which this particular Chiroso lot was fermented. After spending five days in the open-air tanks, the coffee was washed and hand-selected before drying.
When you think about it, Santiago can be seen as the very best of two worlds colliding in one person: the "old world" of his family's farm, traditions, and coffee quality; and the "new world" of his own entrepreneurial spirit and curiosity surrounding more advanced and consistent processing methods. The same can be said of this particular Chiroso lot. It is a collision of two coffee powerhouses - the variety's probable origins are in Ethiopia, but this lot is of course grown in the hills of Colombia. This coffee exemplifies the very best of both, taking on the big acidity and sweet citrus notes that we love from Ethiopian coffees while also showcasing the terroir of Colombia with big red fruits (like black currant) and amazing, dense sweetness. The whole experience reminds us of biting into a caramel apple - which is kind of funny, because some might say that's an unexpected collision of two great things, too.
Producer | Santiago Caro
Farm | La Falda
Process | Washed
Variety | Chiroso
Elevation | 1930 masl