Ilse Coffee - Colombia Los Ortega
Los Ortega is a blend made up of various lots produced by, Esnaider, Alejandro, Augusto, and Angel Ortega. All of whom have farms within the same micro-region of the magical coffee-producing area of San Agustin.
This coffee is very balanced and easygoing. It reminds us of a white chocolate macadamia nut cookie with some soft fruit flavors of melon and lemon. It's a great example of a clean and sweet Colombian coffee.
We are particularly excited about this coffee as we are focusing most of our Colombian buying from this group of producers, Monkaaba, in San Agustin. With this, we are able to increase our purchasing from them and buy a wider range of quality.
The reality of specialty coffee is that at the very best 50% of a producer's production will be a high-scoring micro-lot. The rest will score below a level that warrants a premium and will be sold on the local market for commodity prices that are not sustainable. With this blend Semilla, our partners in Colombia, are paying a base price for these coffees that producers would generally be receiving for 86+ coffees. What we have also found is that by blending these "lower" quality coffees together we have been left with a coffee with an elevated cup score that is really just lovely.
We taste: White chocolate, Macadamia Cookie, Lemon
- Region: San Agustin, Huila
- Varietal: Caturra, Colombia, Pink Bourbon, Gesha
- Altitude: 1680-1750 MASL
- Harvest: October-November Main harvest
- Process: Washed
Farm Gate Price: 1,535,000 Colombian Pesos / Carga
National Farm Gate Price (December 2020): 1,100,000 Pesos / Carga
FOB Price: 2.93 USD/LB
Our Price: 3.95 USD/LB
Ilse Coffee is female-founded company based out of Stamford, Connecticut. Ilse Coffee is committed to being as open and transparent as possible about the way they do business and who they do business with.
Ilse Coffee is a small, micro-roasting company who seeks out the highest quality coffee to roast and serve. They work with importers, who value transparency as much as they do, to find producers who demonstrate an interest in quality and sustainability.
Buying from smaller producers is an important priority for Ilse Coffee, as they want to have a clear understanding of the supply chain they are participating in, as well as uphold their desire and commitment to clearly pass that information on to you.
Important information for us to share with you, our customer:
Producer or group of producers. Who grew the coffee?
Length of relationship with producer. Is this a producer we have been working with year-after-year? If so, why? And for how long?
Price that the producer received for their coffee. This is referred to as "farmgate" and is generally listed in the local currency (which we will convert to USD as accurately as possible).
FOB price. The price of the coffee after it has been milled and is at the port for export.
Cost of production. How much it cost to produce a lb. or kilo of coffee (which can be difficult information to obtain but something we will try and find whenever possible).
ILSE'S BUYING PROCESS
How do they purchase coffee?
Each harvest they receive numerous pre-shipment samples from their importing and exporting partners which are samples of the best coffees from that harvest. They analyze the green coffee, roast small 50-gram samples, and cup the coffees to assess the quality and to determine if its a coffee that excites us. Most of their coffees are purchased while the coffee is still at origin but they do also buy a number of spot coffees.
What do they consider when purchasing?
When purchasing we consider the quality and the traceability of the coffee. Is it from a single producer or group of producers? Where exactly does this coffee come from?
They consider the size of the producer's farm, as they are most interested in working with smaller producers who we can have the greatest impact and growth with.
They take a look at the varieties grown on the farm, the elevation of the farm, farm practices, as well as if we have worked with this producer before.
Other items they consider: How will the coffee fit into their menu? Are they able to find out the farm gate price of the coffee? What about cost of production?
Ilse Coffee believes, like with most things, starting with the best raw product is extremely important. They look for coffees that are naturally sweet and flavorful, as they have a strong appreciation for a fruit-forward cup. With that being said, they are an ingredient-driven coffee company.
Ilse's goal as coffee roasters is to bring out the natural sweetness and flavor
that is a result of all the hard work done by producers at origin. They never want to impart any roast flavor in our already beautifully vibrant coffees. They want to bring out the truth in the coffee they buy.