La Reserva is a 52-acre farm in Ciudad Bolivar, Antioquia that serves not only coffee but nature. It is a nature preserve that houses a variety of plant and animal species, including the Andean bear. It has seen its struggles in recent years due to the insufficient profit margins that can come with farming coffee. With the help of Cafe Lumbus, La Reserva has shifted its focus to specialty coffee and has had great success in two years. Sitting at 1,600-2,000 meters above sea level, the land is fertile and pairing very well with this blend of Caturra and Colombia varieties. It is very a satisfying cup of Colombian coffee. The sweetness is diverse. Notes of sweet honey, chocolate, and grape do the heavy lifting while delicate citrus notes come in at the end to round out perhaps our most balanced coffee on offer.
This our fourth coffee from Cafe Lumbus in the last two years. It is the first time Second State has offered a coffee that it has also traced back to origin. As head roaster for Second State Coffee, I made it a goal to visit the luscious lands of Antioquia, Colombia in 2019. Thanks to my friends at Balzac Brothers, I was able to make the dream of visiting Colombian farms come true. La Reserva is the flagship of Cafe Lumbus and I was able to visit it on both my trips to Ciudad Bolivar.
This coffee tastes just a little sweeter when you've been able to put your hands in the same soil from which it came and plant a La Reserva tree of your own. Or meet the people that bring that tree to life. I was able to meet people like Carlos Enrique, Juan Felipe Ocampo, and Gabriel Restrepo. I was able to shake their hands, exchange knowledge, buy their coffee, roast it and bring it back to them. The fulfillment and beauty experienced in those moments with the people at La Reserva are with me in each batch I roast and cup I brew. I am as proud as I've ever been to roast and sell a coffee to Second State's customers.