Passenger - Archival Release #13 - 7/09/21

Passenger - Archival Release #13 - 7/09/21

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    Release #13: Edilma Bermeo Copa Suaceña 2019

    Our team has spent the past couple weeks celebrating the release of the top 10 coffees from the 2020 Copa Suaceña, including a beautiful caturra variety selection from Edilma Bermeo that was awarded 5th place in the competition. Given that Doña Edilma was also recognized as one of the top 10 winners in 2019, we thought this would be a perfect time to re-release a small amount of the inaugural competition lot from her farm.

    In addition to being a highly skilled coffee producer, Edilma serves as the president of La Cooperativa Divino Niño del Horizonte, a group of coffee farmers in the Suaza region of Huila, Colombia that Passenger has been buying from since 2018. Passenger's green buying team had the opportunity to meet Edilma on our first trip to Divino Niño and we were immediately impressed by the dedication and strong leadership that she brings to her community.

    This 2019 competition lot from Edilma's farm was awarded 6th place in the 2019 "Suaza Cup". A beautifully structured coffee, it is characterized by inviting aromas of cocoa, mild florals, pear, and marzipan. In the cup, juicy pineapple acidity and flavors of kiwi and apple are anchored by a sweet, pleasantly coating base note of milk chocolate.

    Tasting Edilma's 2019 and 2020 competition lots side by side underlines the very high standard of quality and consistency that she has achieved over the past two years. We are incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to share her beautiful coffees.

    Freezer Fridays

    The Freezer Friday archival release series provides a unique new opportunity to explore Passenger’s treasure trove of notable harvests from the past. As those familiar with our approach to green coffee preservation will already know, we have actively stored our green coffee in an off-site deep freeze facility since our start as a company, keeping the coffees that we purchase in pristine condition following arrival.

    While the majority of Reserve Lot coffees that we buy sell out within months of their first appearance on our menu, we have, since our start in 2014, saved small volumes of many of our most extraordinary coffees for future enjoyment. 

    Inspecting the harvest at Gesha Village Estates

    Selecting gems from the past at Passenger’s off-site freezer archive

    This year we will begin to make a few of these “greatest hits” available for purchase in extremely limited quantities. Each release will be announced through Social Media and limited to 1 per order.

    The archival lots that we will be releasing in this way are not only shining examples of plant genetics, terroir, and skilled processing, they also offer a unique nostalgic opportunity: to revisit our previous experiences with these coffees and acknowledge once again some of the true high-water marks of producers whose coffees we have been privileged to taste over the years.

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    • 3.10.22 Release #22: Worka Chelbessa 2020

    • 2.18.22 Release #21: German Córdoba 2018

    • 1.14.22 Release #20: Caballero Java 2019

    • 12.31.21 Release #19: Hacienda La Esmeralda 2019 - Dry Process

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