Release #16: Gustavo Paredez 2017

    This beautiful archival selection was produced by Gustavo Carcasi Paredez, a member of the Inambari Cooperative, one of the top cooperatives in all of Peru. Gustavo's farm, Chillemani, is located in the village of Pacaysuizo in the district of Alto Inambari, in Puno. Puno is a relatively familiar region to us at Passenger, owing to the fact that producer Ciriaco Quispe, also from Puno, was part of our starting lineup in 2014 and has returned to the menu as a crowd favorite on many other occasions ever since. 

    All of the members of the Inambari cooperative are small in terms of landholding, with an average farm size of 2.5 hectares. The coffee is usually picked by the farmers themselves. If more hands are needed for harvesting, neighbors are sometimes employed. Coffees from Gustavo's farm are processed in a way that is quite typical for farmers of this community. Coffee is depulped using hand cranked machines, fermented in concrete tanks, and washed in the same tanks. Gustavo’s coffee is then dried on raised beds.

    This particular lot was harvested between August and October of 2017, landed in the States the second week of January, 2018 and was placed in deep freeze storage the second week of February, 2018. After enjoying a popular stint on the Reserve Lot menu the final few pounds of green coffee remaining were kept "in repose" in Passenger's frozen archive of notable harvests. We are incredibly proud to share our last roast of Gustavo's stellar 2017 harvest at the present time.  

    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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