This anaerobic natural was produced by Ferney Plazas, a fourth-generation coffee producer cultivating on his farm, Finca Bella Vista in Huila, Colombia.
Ferney and his family have invested heavily in infrastructure and in training laborers to select only ripe, red cherry. They seek to improve coffee quality each year with an eye towards specialty production.
In 2018, they built a quality laboratory to roast and cup their coffees on-site. With this lab they are better able to analyze the quality of their coffees and hone their cultivation and processing methods.
The ripe red cherries are fermented for 72 hours in plastic bags. Following fermentation, cherries are laid on marquesinas to sun dry and are raked frequently to ensure even drying.
Colombia boasts a wide range of climate and geographic conditions that, in turn, produce their own unique flavours in coffee. This also means that harvest times can vary quite a bit. In fact, between all its different regions, Colombia produces fresh crop nearly all year round.
The increasing focus on the specialty industry is becoming more common so farmers isolate the highest quality beans in their lots to market separately. These higher-quality lots are often sold under specific brands or stories.