Passenger - Archival Release #21 - 02/18/22

Passenger - Archival Release #21 - 02/18/22

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    Release #21: German Córdoba 2018

    Passenger’s approach to freezing coffee often results in particular coffees taking on new contexts or layers of significance during the time between their purchase and the moment, sometimes years later, that they make their way from our frozen archive to the menu. This 2018 lot, produced by German Córdoba at his farm La Morelia in southern Huila, Colombia is a perfect example.
    When Passenger’s green buying team purchased this tabi variety selection from Don German in 2018, it was approximately 1 year before he would take first place at the inaugural Copa Suaceña in December, 2019. The Copa Suaceña is a regional cupping competition, organized by our friends and partners at Osito Coffee, that was created to identify and recognize the highest quality coffees produced by a community of farmers that Passenger has been building a partnership with for the past few years. Starting with a community blend that that we continue to buy and present on Passenger’s Foundational menu under the name “Divino Niño”, our sourcing team has continued to expand our buying from these producers, adding additional coffees from this group to the menu of our sister company Necessary Coffee, and participating as cupping panelists and buyers at the Copa Suaceña competition for three consecutive years since 2019. 
    While we had no way of anticipating German Córdoba’s eventual competition success back in 2018, it wasn’t a complete shock since, as this present Freezer Friday release makes perfectly clear, we had already gained an appreciation for how delicious his red and yellow tabi can be! Given the many fond memories that we have made in recent years with the producers of Divino Niño (including the honor of eating a celebratory dinner after the Copa Suaceña with Don German, his wife, and his nine children!), it makes us very happy to share this earlier harvest with you now. When we first tasted this particular coffee back in 2018, it served as one of our earliest indications of the beautiful things that were to come.

    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.

    • 4.29.22 Release #23: Kanzu 2019

    • 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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