Passenger - Archival Release #33 - 03/24/23

Passenger - Archival Release #33 - 03/24/23

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    Release #33: Filo del Oso

    Filo del Oso is the name of a coffee farm located near the tiny hamlet of Divino Niño in southern Huila, Colombia, that is owned and operated by José Manuel Cantillo and his family. Fairly early in our partnership with the Divino Niño producer group, we were introduced to multiple members of the Cantillo family, all of whom produce excellent quality coffee.

    During early conversations with producers at Divino Niño, we frequently heard of a coffee variety that is locally referred to as “variedad Cantillo”. While the trees of this variety are not particularly distinctive, the ripe cherries are rather unique in appearance, being bright yellowish orange in color with beautiful mottled “tiger-stripes”. While the precise genetic lineage of this mystery “Cantillo family” coffee variety is thus far unknown, our best guess is that it is a natural mutation of variedad Colombia, a very commonly cultivated Catimor hybrid with excellent disease resistance that is capable of producing excellent cup quality.

    For this archival release, we're excited to share the last of this unique, if not mysterious, single variety, from a place and producing family we've grown quite fond of over the years.

    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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