Colombia Craft Coffee - Robinson Salamanca
Robinson is a member of the Monkaaba group in San Agustin, where Ilse buys almost all of their Colombian coffees. His farm, San Isidro sits at 1656 MASL in La Muralla, San Agustin. This is a separation of Pink Bourbon from his Mitaca harvest from July-August 2021. Robinson produced 4 bags of Pink bourbon this harvest which Ilse bought all of. His coffee is quite incredible. It is a little more fruit-forward than some of Ilse's other Colombian offerings. In the aroma, we find deep, lush fruit and rose followed by some pretty deep flavors of mixed berries and tart fruit like dried cranberry and cherry.
- We taste: Hard Candy, Dried Cranberry, Mixed Berry
- Region: La Muralla, San Agustin, Huila
- Varietal: Pink Bourbon
- Altitude: 1656 MASL
- Harvest: July-August 2021 Mitaca harvest
- Process: Washed
Cherries are collected every 15 days and are left to ferment for 36 hours in a
plastic bin with a ceramic lid. Once de-pulped, the seeds undergo a dry fermentation of 36 hours in tiled tanks. Once rinsed, the parchment is left to dry for 18-20 in a solar drier.
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.