Carrier Roasting Co.
Colombia José Martinez Caturra
Whole bean coffee
Farm Name: El Casino
Producer: José Elcias Martinez Guzman
Altitude: 1800 meters
Tasting notes: Red apple, berries, honey
José Martinez grew up on a coffee farm owned by his parents, and he learned everything about the trade from them. In his young adulthood he set out on his own, leaving the farm to work as a bus driver, traveling all over Colombia. Over a decade later he felt the pull to return to his roots and purchased his parents' farm, continuing and building upon the business and agronomic knowledge that had been passed down. José's curiosity never ceases, as each harvest he works to improve his processing techniques and quality standards, and carefully experiments with new varieties to achieve a better and better cup.
Caturra is a natural "dwarf" mutation of Bourbon that has been cultivated for many years and is one of the most common varieties among Latin American specialty coffee producers. Compared to the tall and lanky Bourbon, Caturra is a much smaller plant with fruit that is more tightly packed together on the branch, making it more productive and easier to pick. We have had a few examples of José’s Caturra over the years, and it stands out as being an exceptionally fruited and complex expression of the variety. With this lot we taste red apple, berries, and a honeyed sweetness.
This is our third year buying from José Martinez. We scored this lot 87 points and purchased 3 70kg bags for $5.35/lb EXW.