Ecuador Chorora (150g)
Delicate, floral, richly spice-toned. Ginger blossom, plum, honey, molasses, a hint of cardamom, black currant in aroma and cup. Sweetly savory structure with juicy, citrusy acidity and viscous, super-satiny mouthfeel. Finish leads with ginger blossom and grape with undertones of strawberry.
FARM: La Chorora
Owned by two sisters, Diana and Olinka Velez, this finca is a very unique place. With stunning views towards the valley of Macara and Peru on the horizon, La Chorora is located on a steep hillside surrounded by primary cloud forest and crossed by the old ‘Inca Road’ that once connected Cuzco with Quito.
Diana describes their venture with coffee as a transformative way of life. Both sisters started planting coffee around the year 2000 after some big life changes, since then they’ve been drawn from the city into the land, investing a lot of effort, time and emotion into producing coffee. This land, as Diana and Olinka would describe it, is mystical and charged with good energy.
The farm is divided into two main parcels. Chorora which means ‘water well’ in Kichwa and Yambamine, which means ‘land of gold. In both parcels there are a total of 5 hectares of planted coffee.
The varietals produced here are Typica mejorado, Catuai, Rojo, Hybrid and Sidra. This latest variety comes directly from the ‘mother’ Sidra plant, being only the second generation of this varietal.
La Chorora is also a pioneer in experimenting with different processes like carbonic maceration and anaerobic fermentation in the country. Managed by Hernan Cabra, an expert in coffee processes, this farm has produced some unique profiles and has won the first two places in ‘Taza Dorada’ competition of 2019 with a record-breaking score in Ecuador.
The farm was adquiered by Olinka in 2010. It is located next to the Utuana Forest/ Ana Park, inlcuded in the world´s dry forest reserve and 2 kilometers to the SUSUCO natural reserve. This farm is sorrounded by two ravines where 3 water springs flows that feed the Macara binational river (Ecuador - Peru). The farm has now 18.000 coffee plants of several varietys.
Proud bidded in an Auction directed by Sensible coffee in UK.
About La Chorora
ARRIVED IN:24kg Vaccum
AROMA:Strawberry, Plum, Fig
FLAVOR:Vanilla, Honey, Ginger
FINISH:Vanilla, Black currant
Olinka Vélez´s Coffee was born in 2010 in our Farm named Chorora located in the province of Loja, in Sozoranga´s town.
In the year of 2012, I´ve decided to sow around 10 different varieties of specialty coffee to understand the behavior of the coffee against diseases and types of soil. This was a great experience to structure new techniques among other 70 small coffee producers in my area. Our vision of Specialty Coffee is to build strong and long term business relationships with our customers from around the world, to provide them with the best product among their needs. We are continuously in the research of new techniques that helps us reach our biggest goal. Our goal is to offer Coffee Roasters companies the perfect coffee cherries of the world. Chorora´s Farm is ready to work and grow together the exquisite Specialty Coffee for you.
Ecuador Production facts
Ecuador is the 20th largest coffee producer in the world, but its coffee imports actually outstrip its production figures by some way. In the 2018/19 crop year, it produced around 500,000 60kg bags of coffee, but imported even more than that (714,000) The trade of green coffee between producing countries is nothing new. It’s an interesting phenomenon which accounts for everything from internal demand to specific industry needs. But few import quite as much as Ecuador.
AN OVERVIEW OF ECUADOR’S COFFEE INDUSTRY
In 2019/20, Ecuador produced roughly 500,000 60kg bags of coffee, representing only a slight decrease in production from 2018/19. However, its import and export figures are far more significant. For instance, from October 2020 to February 2021 alone, Ecuador exported roughly 198,000 60kg bags of coffee. In the 2018/19 crop year, it re-exported 572,000 60kg bags of soluble coffee, mostly to Germany and Russia.
Throughout Ecuador’s history, coffee prices have historically not been favorable for coffee farmers. Low profitability, other more appealing crops, and high costs of production have led to a decrease in production. Just ten years ago, in 2012, Ecuadorian production volumes were significantly higher – closer to 650,000 60kg bags.
Things only worsened when the Ecuadorian economy was dollarised in the early 2000s. The country’s ties to the economy of the US have meant that goods prices and wages have increased. This means the cost of labor has become more expensive for coffee farms.
Source: Perfect Daily Grind