El Bosque - Las Pilas Natural

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El Bosque - Las Pilas Natural

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Strawberries, dates, grapeleaves

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The Peralta family has been one of our greatest collaborators for the past four harvests. Since joining forces we have worked in a focused and regimented program to discover and improve processing for the coffees handled from the family of farms the two cousins, Julio and Octavio manage. There were many successes as well as failures, but we strongly believe that weʼve managed to produce a series of micro-lots every year that go above and beyond anyoneʼs expectations. While we produce over 60 micro-lots through- out the picking season Integral selectively chooses those which we feel are most interesting and offer an ideal expression of the goals at hand. Like snowflakes, every one of these small pickings is unique in its own right.

This is the third year we have been bringing lots from El Bosque - one of the family farms located in San Fernando. Though it isnʼt the highest of their farms, El Bosque has always produced clean and noble coffee - with spice and a honey-like sweetness. We figured this would be a great platform to test some of the alternative processes - creating more opportunities to explore the drier and warmer sun exposure that San Fernando receives. 

This particular lot is a single dayʼs picking from Las Pilas - one of the many plots on the farm. Working with a plot system has helped in both effectively managing the farm, from care to harvest, as well as given us a point of reference for correlating flavor. The dayʼs picking is taken to the wet-mill and undergo another sorting by hand. This is a critical step that allows us to ensure quality throughout the rest of the processing.  Despite the careful picking there aren't many opportunities for sorting quality before the coffee is dry. Itʼs then taken to the dry mill and set to dry in thick layers on a series of beds layered within a greenhouse.  This allow there to be cooler temperatures - varying degrees of shade and a healthy convective action with cooler air moving through the stacks. 

The resulting coffee is as complex as is it easy to drink. Though not tremendously dense in the mouthfeel - it does have a weight on the palate - the nose is sweet, spiced, and aromatic, and really evolves as itʼs cooling. It has a distinct character like so many naturals - but focused and elegant: balanced with a nose suggesting sweetness from the start.  Complex aromas of fruit pulp, grapeleaves, strawberries, and dried fruits layer in with an umami note that weaves throughout.

ORIGIN & PLOT
“El Bosque” - Las Pilas Plot

ALTITUDE

1,313masl

VARIETAL

Red Catuaí

PROCESS

Picked ripe and set out to dry in a greenhouse for 17 days