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Our Head of coffee
“This coffee has a delicious ripe blueberry and cherry flavours which complement its refined taste balance beautifully. The acidity is grape-like and bright, combining well with the rich jammy sweetness and coating mouthfeel.”
Like most farmers around the world, Modesto has a long, rich history of growing coffee. At just 64, Modesto has already spent nearly five decades of his life working with coffee. From a young age he was helping out on his father's farm, learning how to handpick only the ripest cherries - an important practice that ensures only the best cherries are processed.
As he grew older, he continued learning at his father’s farm until starting his own farm and his own family. As growing coffee is so integral to Modesto’s life, he’s instilled a love of coffee in them as well. Along with Modesto’s wife, their son and his wife help out on the farm. The income it generates has even inspired his other children to start coffee farms of their own, as he did, harnessing skills and knowledge that have been passed down through the generations.
Only the ripe cherries are picked on Modesto’s farm, as cherries on the same tree can ripen at different rates. The next step is to set all the picked cherries in a flotation tank. Any cherries that float on the top of the water are separated as underripe. The remaining cherries are then put through a depulper, a machine that strips away the fruit and exposes the beans that were hidden away. These beans are then fermented for around 12 hours to remove any remaining fruit - thanks to a tool called the Fermaestro, Modesto knows exactly when the beans have been fermented long enough. Finally, the beans are left on his drying patio until their internal moisture drops and they are ready to be sold.
How many years have you been working with Pact? This is the first year. My coffee was at auction when Pact bought it. I was very happy to be able to watch the auction and for it to be a winner in the contests!
I want to keep teaching my family and to continue working with coffee. It will be difficult but I will show them how taking care with your coffee and keeping a good quality it can be profitable.
|FLAVOUR||Blueberry and cherry|
|PRODUCER||Modesto Rodrigo Andrade|
|TASTING NOTE||Blueberry and cherry|