Colombia Maria Rosa Oidor Microlot


Farm: Finca Los Nogales
Region:  Inzá, Cauca
Altitude: 2,000 m.a.s.l.
Variety: Tabi, Caturra, Colombia
Process: washed, 24-hour fermentation
Tasting notes: blackberry, blood orange, syrupy

A nice Colombian coffee brewed as an espresso is always a winner but this one is a step above. The balance of sweetness and acidity, the complexity, and the lovely round body puts it square in the flavour profile we look for in our espresso, but this fine coffee will work on any brew method. Try it as a cafetiere for a full bodied weekday morning brew, or use your favourite aeropress method for an optimally balanced cup. 

Maria Rosa Oidor runs her farm, Los Nogales, with her husband Antonio Pillimué and their four children. The farm is situated a thirty minutes’ walk from the small town of San Antonio, where the couple also have a small shop. Maria Rosa and Antonio saved the money to buy their three-hectare farm from the savings they made from their shop some fifteen years ago.

Today, Maria Rosa's family is dedicated entirely to coffee. Her eldest son, Robinson, has previously worked as a leader of the local growers’ association, as well as being a well-known coffee producer in his own right. Her younger son, Nilson, has also inherited part of the family farm and is working to learn all about coffee. 

Despite the small size of the farm, Maria and Antonio decided to plant three different varietals in the high hills upon which their land lies: Tabi, Typica and Caturra. The high altitude of their farm (2,000 metres above sea level) makes it possible to continue growing these more susceptible cultivars despite the dangers of coffee leaf rust. Nonetheless, preparing for the future, two years ago they replanted areas of old trees with the Castillo varietal, following incentives from Colombia’s Coffee Growers’ Federation (FNC).

The coffee trees are fertilised three times a year depending on the state and quantity of coffee on the tree, and seeds for new trees are collected and germinated on the farm itself.  During the harvest, up to fifteen workers help with picking, and the family employs one permanent worker who helps maintain the crop throughout the year.

This coffee comes to us—like two previous Colombians we’ve loved: Flor Pena and Janambú—through a partnership between an importer we often buy from, Mercanta, and their export partner, Pergamino, who runs a project in the Cauca region to help smallholder farmers like Maria Rosa access the higher returns available in the specialty market. Back in 2020 we wrote a blog post about the first coffee we bought that was part of this collaboration, and you can read more about it HERE. It’s worth noting because it’s a case study on how different supply chain models can support small farmers and reduce the risk they take on. 

A note about packaging

Our packaging is 100% plastic free - the pouch is fully home compostable and can be either composted in your garden or returned to us here at Steampunk to be composted. The shipping box is fully recyclable and made from a mix of recycled and FSC certified card. You can read more about our packaging journey in this blog post.

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