This Fully Washed Yellow Caturra is sourced from Finca Tasta, a family owned operation located in the community of Challhuamayo within the district of Laylla in the province of Satipo within the Junin region, Peru. Finca Tasta is owned and operated by two young siblings, Edith and Ivan Meza Sagarvinaga. Finca Tasta is a 56-acre estate with 19 acres cultivated with coffee and 22 acres are natural preserved forest. Edith and Ivan are second generation coffee producers and started farming specialty coffee only eight years ago. Edith and her brother Ivan are leading by example, focusing on sustainability and independence by diversifying crops beyond just coffee to include food for themselves and their workers. They harvest three varieties of plantains, yucca, beans, corn, tomatoes, pine trees, sugarcane. This year they are planting raspberries, blackberries, and pumpkins. In doing so they hope to inspire other farmers to move away from monoculture and back towards a model of truly sustainable agriculture. Their commitment to environmental protection runs so deep that they leave nine of their twenty-three hectares of land completely wild to protect native animals like deer, monkeys, and native birds.
The harvest that this offering comes from is quite a bit smaller than their last, but the quality has increased by leaps and bounds. The coffee is very versatile across almost all brew methods and with a mild malic acidity should be an easy coffee to fall in love with. Caramelized sugars and hints of Vanilla give the cup an overall sweetness and comfort reminiscent of the needle dropping down on a favorite album, and like that favorite album that you have not played in donkeys years this coffee will surprise you. Just when you think you have this classic crowd pleaser worked out she cools and displays delicate complexity; apples, pears and cinnamon. A classic coffee she is, an ordinary coffee she is not.