White Grape / Lilac / Ginger Ale
Saraguro, Southern Ecuador
Juan Peña is a very rare example of a completely unique coffee producer. His story and his coffee are like none other. Rather than continuing in a multi-generation path to coffee farming, Juan’s coffee story began just six years ago in an area virtually devoid of coffee trees. His family’s hacienda had been producing long-stemmed roses for years, when a massive off-season rainstorm destroyed the plants, causing him to replant the property with Typica, one of the two original cultivated coffee varieties. Applying unique practices he developed in his years producing ornamental flowers, Juan individually fertilizes each plant through a complicated irrigation system, causing plants to act as if they are always in peak production. This strain creates an incredibly dynamic and complex cup, unlike any other coffee in the world.
We have been working with Juan since his very first harvest four years ago and have visited the Hacienda twice in that time. The last time we were invited to work along side Café Imports to consult on processing experiments to further improve Juan's already amazing coffee. This is the first year we are seeing the results of those experiments and are incredibly excited to be offering them to you.
Juan Peña's washed lot starts off with floral and citric aromatics that reminds us of lilac blossoms supported by a clean sweetness and syrupy body that calls to mind ginger ale and eiswine. There is a beautiful fruity tannic property to the cup that is reminiscent of white grapes and dried cranberries. This coffee is unlike any other, and is an experience you must treat yourself to. It is the perfect coffee to remind us of how much more we can accomplish working together.