La Perla is a parish located 100 Km North West of Quito.
Coffee growing in this area has become a viable alternative in the last 15 years and is now the main source of income for most of its inhabitants, taking over from sugar cane and cattle. Coffee is a crop that offers better pay to land workers but there are also more risks involved.
Guillermo Lomas is a young producer who is not put off by the risks coffee growing take. He was born in La Perla and has been working in this land from a very young age, therefore knowing the climate, the soils and the many tricks necessary to grow a healthy crop. Guillermo was introduced to coffee by his older brother, Fabian, also a coffee producer. It was in 2015 when Guillermo started plating coffee in Finca La Carolina in an area of 1 hectare. Now, the farm has expanded its production to 5 hectares.
The varieties planted in La Carolina are Typica Mejorado and Sidra, two varietals that were developed specifically for Ecuadorian soils and have now become the most representative varietals of Ecuadorian coffee for their exotic profiles and quality.
La Carolina has its own washing and drying station. Most coffees produced here are washed processed, but other processes such as honey or anaerobic fermentations can be made on demand.
This farm sits on the western foothills of the Andes, where the warm air currents from the pacific meet the cold air from the high mountains. This factor makes this area exceptional for coffee growing but also difficult as rainfall is very high.
The area is surrounded by protected cloud forests which holds unique biodiversity in an exuberant nature. This bioregion is called ‘Choco Andino’.
The variety Sidra was developed in a coffee breeding station not very far away from Guillermo’s farm. It was originally thought that the Sidra was a hybrid between a Bourbon and a Typica, hence sometimes called ‘Bourbon Sidra’, but recent genetic testing points
towards a purely Ethiopian landrace lineage. In any case, this variety has acquired much popularity over the years for its sweet and exotic flavours.
The cherries were hand-picked in July 2021, carefully selected in flotation tanks to take the unripe cherries out. Then, the cherries are put into tanks where they are left to ferment overnight for 14 hours.
The next morning, the cherries are pulped and washed. The parchment coffee is then laid to dry on a concrete patio in the morning and taken inside polytunnels in the afternoon where it dries slowly for approximately 20 days.
When the humidity reaches 10%, the coffee is placed in GrainPro bags and taken to a dry and cool room where a final stage of stabilisation is done for 40 days.
This amazing coffee is one that we’ll drink all day.
Sticky salted, almost savory, caramel notes that reminds us of Werther’s Original with fruity flavours of plum and a subtle pink rose florality.