Butterscotch, Orange, Plum, Raisin, Strawberry.
Altitude: 1700 MASL
Cupping Score: 88
Cafe Granja La Esperanza are well known for producing competition winning coffees and experimenting with less common varieties on their Las Margaritas farm – known to the workers as their ‘garden of varieties’ due to the varied and unusual varieties they grow.
The Laurina variety or ‘Bourbon Pointu’ was first planted in Cafe Granja 10 years ago. Since then they have been renovated as part of the farms standard cycle – every six to seven years. Laurina is a natural mutation of Bourbon which was originally selected in Ravine-aux Chevres, on the island of La Reunion in the 19th century. They are dwarf trees which look like Christmas trees, which is how they got their name Pointu. It produces coffee which is lower in caffeine then any other arabica varieties and produces a very high cup quality. Due to its susceptibility to leaf rust it is not widely grown.
Experienced workers pick the cherries in one day when they’re at the perfect ripeness. The cherry is fermented for 36 hours in tanks which are kept in a warehouse at a regulated temperature of 22-25 degrees C. They’re then placed in a mechanical dryer for four days – which is switched off for 8 hours overnight so there is a break in the drying process. Once they have reached 11.5% to 12% humidity they’re placed in storage.