The coffee growers of Los Vascos descend from early northern Spanish settlers, with Los Vascos translating to “The Basques”. Their ancestral cuisine combines strong aromatic and natural sweet flavours like cherries and dark wines, notes of which can be tasted in the profile of their coffees today. The growers of this region consistently produce high quality coffee and continue to seek out ways to improve what they do.
The region that this coffee hails from, Tolima, is one of the four main departments of Colombia's coffee axis. Tolima is the third largest coffee producing region of Colombia and accounts for 12% of the country's annual production. Located in west-central Colombia, this region is fully inscribed by the Andean mountains and the Magdalena river basin, making it rather remote and challenging to access.
Albeirzon Prada, owner of Finca Tres Esquinas, grew up with coffee. His parents were coffee growers, and he was raised in and among the coffee trees. Today, he works on his own farm with his wife, applying everything that he learned from his parents to produce specialty coffee.
For Albeirzon and his family, high quality coffee means aiming to have fewer bean defects caused by actions on his farm. He achieves this by focusing on specialized tree care, picking only mature cherries, better post harvest techniques and investing back into his farm infrastructure.
Finca Tres Esquinas has two semesters of harvest, the first being from April to June and the second across November to January. This particular coffee is fully washed and traditionally fermented for 20 hours then fully dried in the sun.
Albeirzon is member of a cooperative called ASOTBILBAO, a group of dedicated producers committed to the sustainability of coffee as well as the soil in which it grows.
We are always excited to brew this coffee in the cafe thanks to it's apple sweetness and mulled wine tasting notes. It produces a beautifully balanced and clean cup of coffee.