Rigoberto and his brother Luis from Café Granja La Esperanza, and their culmination of curiosity, scientific rationality and obsession with coffee quality has allowed them to create unique protocols of milling to benefit their coffees. Having eight distinct micro-climates located in three different mountain ranges in Colombia has made for some of the most sought-after competition quality coffees.
The story began with the Herreras granfather, who owned a very large Hacienda in the region of Trujillo that was slowly sold off over decades. After that they left Colombia in 1970 to study engineering abroad but returned in 1998 with a dream to reconstruct their grandfather's Hacienda and get back into coffee farming. Their strong leadership and forward thinking vision has now moved their traditional 'C' market coffees, to the more delicate and exquisite varieties coveted by all of us.
Unlike traditional farms, the brothers have chosen coffee based on their flavour attributes rather than their disease resistance. These are hand picked by trained pickers who are paid by the day, encouraging filling up baskets with only the ripest cherries. Rigoberto believes the people behind Granja La Esperanza are the most important resource, as he believes there are many different quality hurdles involved to produce any coffee.
This coffee is named 'Tres Dragones' and it gets its name from three furnaces that are used to generate the heat for drying the coffees on the Potosí farm. The versatility of these dragons demonstrates CGLE's processing techniques of enhancing natural notes in this beautiful Colombia varietal, a hybrid between Timor-Hybrid and Caturra. In the cup you will get flavours of blueberry yogurt, delicious sweet tropical guava and a cocoa finish.