Another BANGER from Copa Occidente '21! Little Amps head roaster, Andy, traveled to Huila, Colombia with our friends at Osito Coffee importers to judge COPA OCCIDENTE 2021! This open competition featured 41 coffees from farmers across the Huila region and here we have the 9th place finisher! ¡Salud!
Arcesio grows Castillo varietal on his farm El Diamonte ("The Diamond," English translation) at 1,650 masl in San Martin outside of La Plata. In similar fashion to the 1st and 3rd place features, he ferments his cherries for 36 hours and ferments dry for 32 hours. The tropical fruit note was the first thing we noticed, balanced with molasses and star fruit. The cup stays clean and sweet through to the end!
As a member of Group Martir, a 20 member coffee co-op spanning across Huila, Arcesio finds himself among some very passionate and innovative producers. We have been so impressed by all of the coffees presented by members of this group, as 5 of them placed in the top 10 of the competition. Their goal is provide the best coffee possible in the region, and Arcesio's is a perfect example!