Villa Ines comes to us from Rodrigo Pelaez in Neiras, Caldas, Colombia. Pelaez began focusing on naturally processing his coffee about three years ago when the Colombian Coffee Federation altered its policies regarding exportable coffee. After a few years of hard work and experimentation with Cereza Coffee (exporter), Pelaez has developed a Colombian natural that is one of the more unique natural coffees we have ever had. There is clarity in the acidity that may remind you of a fruity lollipop paired with a subtle chocolate fudge sweetness.
During the harvest, pickers are paid premiums to ensure that they only pick ripe cherries. Once the pickers deliver cherries, single mothers are employed to serve as a second filter to, once again, ensure that only the ripest cherries are used. After this, the cherries are floated in water to remove the less dense cherries that float. At this point they are readying for pre-drying. Once the short pre-dry phase is complete, the coffee cherries enter the drying silos. Here they are dried in intervals over the course of three weeks.
Thanks to Joey Wein and the team at Cereza Coffee for bringing us this unique, vibrant coffee!