Posted by Josh Hockin on August 01, 2014
We've been buying coffee from Edwin Alvarado's La Joya mill for four years now. Every time we visit, we're impressed by how organized and clean his small mill is. We believe that dedication shows in the consistent sweetness and clarity in the cup.
No coffee was being milled during my visit this year, so we got a chance to tour the farm and talk about some new developments that Edwin and his family have been working on. Demand for their coffee has been growing consistently, and they can no longer satisfy that with the coffee they grow on their family plot. Fortunately, there is a lot of great coffee growing in around their town and they've been buying high quality cherries from small farms that used to sell to larger mills. One of these small lots is the coffee we've purchased from Edwin this year.
Josh (second from right) and the Alvarado family at La Joya.
We arrived at Finca Genesis late in the afternoon to find Oscar and Olga tending to their trees and picking some of the many flowers that they grow alongside the coffee. A team of workers was building a new bodega in which to rest the freshly milled and dried parchment coffee, while the freshly used mill was being carefully cleaned after the day's production. We toured with Oscar around the farm to see the different varieties of coffee he has planted. Geisha, Bourbon, Typica, Caturra, Villa Sarchi, and Villa Lobos are all found throughout the farm, and all of the trees are well cared for. In the golden sunlight of the late afternoon the view over the valley from their farm in Naranjo was majestic. Oscar told us about the new plantations of Geisha he's working on, and showed us some small trees that were just starting to mature and be able to bear fruit. It was impossible not to feel at peace, even after a long day of driving through the West Valley.
We bought two lots of coffee from Genesis this year: A Yellow Honey, and a Red Honey. We've just released the Yellow, and its floral aromas remind me of the smell of the farm. It's sweet, with a little bit of fruit, but a lot of caramel flavour.
The amazing biodiversity at Genesis.
Oscar Mendez on the Genesis farm.
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