Cerro de Jesus - Yellow Honey - Arabia Plot

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Cerro de Jesus - Yellow Honey - Arabia Plot

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Floral blossoms, graham cracker, and roasted almonds

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This is only the third time we've brought in coffee from Cerro de Jesus - a farm named for the peak which it crests.  Nonetheless, we have contributed over the years to the farms rehabilitation - from near-abandonment to producing some of the most interesting coffees we'd come across in some time. The farm is unique in that it has benefited from sporadic planting - there are over twelve varieties throughout and they all have something special to offer. What's more, Jalapa's unique positioning and micro-climate produce coffees of character that are distinct from those in the communities of San Fernando and Murra. 

This particular lot is a single dayʼs picking from El Arabia plot which is situated at 1,250masl. 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 de-puled with a water assisted stream. This allows the coffee to shake off most of itʼs sticky coating, but effectively leaves a clean and thin coating of this “honey.” Itʼs then taken to the dry mill and set to dry in thick layers on raised beds. The first hours are the overnight allowing a cool cure to set in before the sun comes up the following day. Total drying time for this lot was 16 days.

The resulting coffee is as complex as is it easy to drink. It has balance and weight on the palate - the nose is sweet, spiced, and aromatic, and really evolves as itʼs cooling. Notably, it has a unique floral and aromatic nose - the cup itself is sweet with red and yellow fruits that lead into a almond and marzipan finish.

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.

ORIGIN & PLOT
“Cerro de Jesus” - El Arabia Plot

ALTITUDE

1,250masl

VARIETAL

Red Catuaí

PROCESS

Picked ripe and depulped with a water assisted train. Light mucilage remains, then dried on beds in greenhouse for 16 days