Almond Toffee / Pineapple Whip / Mai Tai
Henry & Verena Gaibor
La Perla, Nanegal, Pichincha
Henry and Verena Gaibor were victims of a horrible robbery on August 18th, 2016. That evening they were held at gun-point and restrained while two men took anything of value they could from the house, including 220 bags of coffee ready for milling. The thieves crashed one truck and the police were able to return a portion of the harvest, but the couple lost $35,000 worth of coffee. We at Spyhouse were able to make a donation directly to the family and purchased the lot to continue supporting them.
Henry is a veteran war trauma surgeon, and met Verena while they both were volunteering with Doctors Without Borders and the United Nations in Bujumbura, Burundi. The couple returned to Henry's home country, Ecuador, and operated their own clinic in Quito for 13 years. They have since retired and have spent the past seven years dedicating the same passion and precision to coffee production. Together they own and operate three farms: Finca Maputo, Hakuna Matata, and Rancho Tio Emilio. Tio Emilio was inherited by Henry's brother Jose, an infant heart surgeon, who spends his weekends on the farm with his family. Our Director of Coffee was able to visit their farms in the summer of 2015 and was incredibly impressed by the obvious attention they give to each element of their operation. It is an honor to be able to come alongside such a great couple in their time of need.
Maputo's Rancho Tio Emilio, Typica micro-lot is incredibly complex, full of spice and tropical fruit tones, reminiscent of classic tiki drinks. The cup has an almond toffee sweetness supporting a bright creaminess that reminds us of pineapple whip and upside-down cake. This coffee possesses all the wildness we have come to love in our favorite Ecuadorian coffees. It is the perfect coffee to remind us of the hope for brighter days ahead.