Next Roast Date: Wednesday, April 14th
Cocoa butter, golden raisin, strawberry, tropical fruit splash. Silky, polished, graceful fruit layers
This coffee comes to you by way of Edith and Ivan Meza Sagarvinaga. Having taken over for their late mother, these siblings have been crafting coffee on their farm, Finca Tasta for about 10 years. Our relationship with them started in 2017 when Caffe Fantastico’s Taylor family met with Edith in Peru, and were warmly hosted in the capital of Lima. It was Edith and Ivan’s enthusiasm, and forward-thinking approach to coffee production that led to what has become a perennial highlight.
Since then we have been able to work directly with Finca Tasta, further building upon this relationship through dialogue and numerous meetings in person. In 2019 we were privileged to host Edith at our roastery here in Victoria where she shared stories about her experience as a coffee producer.
Finca Tasta is made up 56 acres, of which 19 are cultivated with coffee, and 22 remain as natural preserved forest. The farm started out producing washed process coffee, but now produces a variety of methods including honey, anaerobic fermentation and natural process.
We are delighted to be able to offer this extremely rare coffee as a part their nano lot reserve collection. It is a natural process coffee consisting of a blend of Arabica varieties Caturra and Pacamara. Once the fully ripe cherries are picked they are carefully dried on meshed drying tables for 18 days until the ideal moisture content is achieved. From here they are milled, sorted by size and then bagged.
The Sagarvinaga siblings initiatives do not stop at producing excellent coffee. Actively leading by example, they aim to be leaders on environmental preservation and sustainability, as well as independence by diversifying crops beyond coffee to include food for themselves and their workers. By leading the way, they hope to inspire other farmers to move away from mono culture and back towards a model of bio diverse agriculture.
Within their community they own their own café and roastery, and also organize and facilitate education around specialty coffee for more than 100 coffee producers in the area. Edith is also an active member of the International Women’s Coffee Alliance, and has set up outreach events locally to engage residents in and around the region with specialty coffee.