Leonid Ramirez, Natural
Cherry ripe, blood orange & mandarin, silky-smooth body with a sweet finish.
This lot has been grown by Leonid Ramirez at Finca La Cortina de Hierro and this is the second season we have been in partnership with the Ramirez family. Leonid sells his cherry direct to the La Pradera mill where they naturally process and dry the coffee using raised beds. The inherent high quality and complexity of Leonid’s coffee, combined with the expert processing at La Pradera, come together to generate a spectacular and unique naturally processed variant. Expect cherry ripe, blood orange and mandarin a silky-smooth body with a super sweet finish.
This is the second season in partnership with Leonid. Last season Leonid produced Washed and Honey processed coffees and the results were nothing short of spectacular! These coffees are a collaborative effort with our friends at Cofinet handling much of the processing of the cherry and parchment purchased directly from Leonid. The crew at Cofinet continue to work with Leonid offering advice and help with improving his farming practices, processing infrastructure and ability to process the majority of his washed and honey lots locally at farm level.
After the success of last years lots we approached Cofinet and Leonid to expand this range of processes to include a naturally processed lot. It’s not often you get to experience a coffee produced by a single farmer, using the same varietal and processed in three different ways!
Via this relationship Leonid is paid as much as four times the local market price for his parchment and coffee cherries. This increased level of income has also allowed for many of the aforementioned upgrades in drying space and investments to improve Leonid’s own living conditions. Along with these investments, these prices also enable him to farm coffee in a sustainable way; rewarding him for his efforts and the quality produced.