Carrier Roasting Co.

Ecuador Lugmapata Sidra Sumergido

$24

Available in 8 oz and 5 lbs; whole bean coffee

We roast to order on Mondays and Wednesdays and ship the following day. Orders will be included in a roast if they’re received by 5pm Eastern Time the day before we roast.

Origin: Ecuador

Region: Chimborazo

Locality: Pallatanga

Farm Name: Lugmapata

Producer: Enrique Merino

Altitude: 1600 - 1800 meters

Process: Sumergido

Variety: Sidra

Tasting notes: Fruit punch, red wine, tropical fruit

When Enrique Merino was growing up on his grandparents’ cattle farm, he used to sit at the base of a lucuma tree, known locally as lugma, and eat its fruit with his brothers. When his grandparents passed away the farm was going to be sold, but Enrique’s fond memories inspired him to take ownership of it himself. He decided to prove its worth and start growing coffee, renaming it Finca Lugmapata after his favorite fruit tree. The farm has a fantastic climate and soil for the production of specialty coffee. His goal is to one day have 60 productive hectares all grown with coffee, with everything being produced and sold as specialty coffee. Enrique has proved to be a very talented producer, regularly placing in the top tier of Ecuador’s most prestigious coffee competition.

This lot is one of the most interesting coffees we've ever roasted, a Sidra processed with an experimental process that Enrique calls sumergido, which means “submerged” in Spanish. Unlike the washed process, where coffee cherries are depulped before fermentation, to be followed by washing and drying, in the sumergido process the full ripe cherry is first left to soak and ferment underwater for three days. Post-fermentation the cherry is then depulped and taken directly to raised beds to dry with no intermediate washing. Some folks may refer to methods like this one as “anaerobic honey process”, but whatever one decides to call it, the flavor is outrageously expressive. We get intense, punchy flavors and aromatics of coffee cherry, fruit punch, red wine, and tropical fruit. This is a rare coffee not to be missed.

Transparency

This is our second year buying from Finca Lugmapata. Our friend James Gibbs at Caravela Coffee sent us a sample of this lot, which we scored an 89. We purchased 2 35kg bags for $11.60/lb EXW, on a day when the Coffee Commodity price was $2.03/lb.

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