Finca La Lucuma
San Ignacio, La Coipa, Cajamarca
Caurra, Bourbon, Catimor
This coffee came to us by WhatsApp, kind of? OK, for real though, a WhatsApp message set things in motion for us to get our hands on this incredible lot. Drew from Bows and Arrows and Carsen from Drumroaster, both roasting on Vancouver Island, have been buying from the Padilla family for 3 years now, and in the fall, I got a message from Drew asking if I wanted in on some of this year’s harvest. I’d tried Padilla’s coffee in the past and loved it, so I was eager to bring some in for myself.
Fast forward a few months and the samples arrive, I make my selections and we divvy up the coffees between the three of us. In an industry prone to tense competitiveness between roasters, it’s refreshing to work collaboratively. Working with other roasters is the best and I’m always stunned when other shops are reluctant to do so. If you’ve ever had our coffees from Mataquescuintla, Guatemala, those come from a makeshift buying group of Canadian roasters. Over the last 3 years, we’ve pooled our efforts to collectively buy coffee from this region and lend stability to producers who historically only had access to volatile commodity markets. This kind of buying is a blueprint for more equitable sourcing and opens up more conversations about how roasters can collaborate and strengthen the industry. In a time where travel to origin is impossible, it’s so exciting to bring in coffees we wouldn’t otherwise have access to and pool our efforts to make a bigger impact with our buying.
Reyna’s plot of the family farm is called La Lucuma, located at the high altitude of around 1800m. Her coffee is incredibly sweet and rich, with a citrusy, pastry-like quality, reminding us of orange creamsicle and crunchy biscotti, with a floral aroma of honeysuckle. I roasted it to keep the deep sweetness and long, complex finish, making it a versatile and dynamic coffee overall. I’m sure this is the first year of many sourcing from the Padilla family, and we’re off to a great start.