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Ecuador Craft Coffee - Las Afiladeras

Regular price $22.00 USD
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We are really happy Ilse is working with this coffee for the second year in a row! This year, Ilse found a lot of balance in the cup with a somewhat juicy and syrupy body. They found flavors that range from brown sugar to refreshing lemon-lime and cherry concentrate. The thing we love most about this coffee is the balance and softness we find in the cup. It's a really pleasing coffee that we can sip on all day.

Finca Las Afiladeras located in Cariamanga, Loja is owned and operated by Alberto Jumbo. Alberto has been growing coffee for nearly 20 years on his farm which sits at a range of 1700-1900 MASL. He has a total of 5 hectares, 3 of which are currently in production while the other 2 are expected to produce in the coming years. Alberto grows Typica, Mejorado, Caturra, and Bourbon and this lot is a blend of them all. Alberto's oldest son, Luis Diego, is actually the one in charge of the farm's day-to-day operations. Luis is very motivated and is very interested in post-harvest processing techniques; he is constantly experimenting with ways to increase the quality of their coffee.

  • We taste: Lemon-Lime, Brown sugar, Cherry
  • Region: Cariamanga, Loja
  • Varietal: Typica, Mejorado, Caturra, Bourbon
  • Altitude: 1700-1900 MASL
  • Harvest: July - September 2021
  • Process: Washed 

 

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.