Tasting Notes: Peach, Rose, White Tea
Producer: Guillermo Lomas
Municipality: La Perla, Pinchincha Province
New origin! This the first year we’ve introduced Ecuadorian coffees to our roster. We sourced these coffees through Red Fox Coffee Merchants who have longstanding relationships in Ecuador. This lot is 100% Sidra variety grown by Guillermo Lomas in La Perla, Pichincha. Sidra is a relatively new cultivar, said to have originated in Ecuador, and it is a hybrid of the Bourbon and Typica varieties. If coffee varieties were mapped out like a family tree, Bourbon and Typica would be the great-great-grandparents of coffee. Bourbon is usually attributed to rich sweetness a big body, where Typica dips into citrusy acidities and floral aromas. Put them together and you get Sidra. This coffee brings some delicate aromatics that remind us of jasmine, rose or white tea, while still being anchored by a velvety peachy undertone. One of our personal favourites from South America this year, it’s incredibly unique for the origin, reminding us of our favourite Ethiopian coffees. Other than the incredible coffee, what makes Ecuador so unique? Well, first of all, the national labour laws are among the most progressive in South America. Workers are guaranteed paid time off, health benefits, social security contribution, and a minimum wage 4 times that of neighboring Colombia. While this increases the cost of coffee, it’s worth it to be able to offer coffees where nationally guaranteed rights of farm workers are similar to those in Canada or the US. Worker’s rights are so often overlooked in discussions around equity in the coffee trade, so Ecuador presents a rare opportunity to partake in a model that flips the usual power dynamics of coffee on its head. Ecuador is also a unique origin because its coffee industry is in its very early stages. Red Fox has spent the last few years forming connections with this small group of vanguard coffee growers. Aleco Chigounis (Red Fox’s founder) has compared Ecuador’s coffee scene to the early days of Beaujolais winemaking and the infamous “Gang of Four” – a group of renegade winemakers who turned the overlooked region into a staple of excellent French wine. Similarly in Ecuador, a small group of dedicated growers are forging a new path in their coffee industry by employing regenerative farming practices and innovative processing. The result is one of the most exciting origins we’ve had the pleasure of tasting - the cups burst with nectareous sweetness, crisp acidity and opulent aroma. In short, this is our kind of coffee, and we hope you love it as much as we do.