Release #27: German Córdoba 2019 Copa Suaceña #1

    In December, 2019 two members of Passenger’s green buying team travelled to southern Huila, Colombia to participate as judges in the inaugural Copa Suaceña: 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 buying from for the past two years. To qualify for inclusion, coffees submitted to the competition had to meet strict physical analysis criteria (between 10-10.8% moisture content; between .48-.58 water activity, yield factor of 90 or less), and had to be produced by members of one of two producer groups: La Cooperativa Divino Niño del Horizonte and ASOCAFOR. Since 2018, this community of coffee producers has been one of Passenger’s foundational partners and their coffees are featured all year round on our menu under the name Divino Niño.
    German Córdoba, the winner of the 2019 Copa Suaceña, was a familiar name to our team before the competition. Don German was the first president of the Divino Niño producer association when it originally formed in 2004 and Passenger previously bought a special selection of the Tabi variety that he produces on his farm Finca La Morelia (featured as Freezer Friday Release #21). After the official results of the competition had been announced at a community gathering attended by all the producers, our sourcing team had the distinct pleasure of continuing the celebration with the whole Córdoba family (German and his wife have nine children and many grandchildren!) in their home at La Morelia.
    While other varieties (including Caturra, Colombia, and Gesha) are cultivated on his farm, Don German chose to submit a single-variety selection of his Red and Yellow Tabi for the competition. This lot was dry fermented for approximately 30 hours following pulping before completing 30 days of drying on a parabolic bed. German laughed when asked what he planned to do following his Copa Suaceña success and said: “I plan to plant more Tabi!”

    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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