COLOMBIA WALTER PENNA
MELON, AMARETTO, VANILLA FROSTING + COTTON CANDY
Brooding and dense, Walter's coffee returns! This year and hopefully every year until the sun burns out, we hope to purchase Walter's entire production. It is special. We want it all. After visiting in December of 2019, I'm convinced it's the most beautiful coffee farm in the world. Incredibly healthy coffee plants, heirloom organic cultivation, and views that make the heart skip beats. It's some of the best on the continent. This year it's juicier and cleaner. Vibrant with layered flavors of melon, amaretto, vanilla frosting, and airy cotton candy.
Artist: Rachel Stark
ORIGIN: Augua Blanca, Cauca Inzá, Colombia
FARM: Vella Vista
ELEVATION: 1800 masl
VARIETY: Caturra, Typica & Colombia
FERMENTATION: 15 hours dry
DRYING: 8-15 days raised beds under parabolic cover
TASTING NOTES: melon, amaretto, vanilla frosting, and airy cotton candy
ROAST TYPE: Light
Deep in the interior of Colombia’s department of Cauca lies the province of Inzá,
known in Colombia as La Tierra Adentro. On a good day, it is a two hour drive from Popayán and La Plata in either direction, but frequent mudslides and road closures mean it’s often not easily accessible. On clear days in the village of Inzá, one can see straight up to the Nevado del Huila, the highest volcano in Colombia. The famous Paez river runs east through the valley, connecting Cauca and Huila. Very little coffee is grown below 1750 masl with a great portion growing at 1900 masl. Caturra, Castillo, and Typica are found in the region, with Caturra being the dominant variety.
The coffee producers of Inzá were in many ways the original inspiration and motivation for the creation of Red Fox Coffee Merchants. Aleco’s twelve-year relationship with the Asorcafe Producers’ Association of Inzá has been rewarded with success in quality and new discoveries. Red Fox buys coffees from three main villages or counties within the Inzá municipality — Pedregal, San Antonio, and the town of Inzá. Each village is often composed of just a handful of families with no more than 20-30 hectares dedicated to growing coffee. When volume allows, we bulk by family or by individual producer.
Asorcafe was founded in 2004 by ten coffee growers who were tired of selling their coffee to parchment buyers who only offered prices below the national market. Asorcafé exudes an entrepreneurial spirit as they have become leaders of their coffee growing region. Asorcafé, in conjunction with private and state organizations, provides aid to their members including subsidies for domestic economy, education, job training, and healthcare services.