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Hacienda La Papaya Bundle

This pack is a showcase of Juan Peña’s attention to detail at each stage of the coffee production process.


  • Four experimental fermented lots produced by Juan Peña, an agricultural engineer based in southern Ecuador.
  • Coffees & expressions
    Natural Typica: Floral & rich
    120hr Anaerob Typica: Floral & acidic
    240hr Anaerob Typica: Floral & wild
    Oak barrel Typica: Fruity & wild
  • Whole Bean Coffee
    4 x 250g (8.8oz)
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Varietal

Typica


Producer

Juan Peña


Region

Loja

This pack is a showcase of Juan Peña’s attention to detail at each stage of the coffee production process. His exacting approach in the field focusses on the all round health of his Typica trees, while his intentional approach to fermentation and drying lead to the four wildly varying expressions we find here. From traditional natural to experimental oak barrel; each with its own influence on the characteristics of Juan’s Typica varietal.

The four typica lots

Natural Typica

This lot is a traditional natural Typica, dried in Juan’s plastic-covered drying ‘rooms’. Here, humidity and temperature are measured constantly, with windows opened and fans started by farm manager Segundo when values start to creep up. The overall drying process takes 20-30 days, and creates a very clean representation of the Typica varietal, with florals shining through more typical natural process notes of stone fruit and a creamy milk chocolate like mouthfeel.


120 hour Anaerobic Typica

This lot is from Juan’s Typica Mejorado trees, fermented in plastic tanks without oxygen for 5 days, or 120 hours. These plastic tanks are kept very clean, but fermentation juices are added from previous anaerobic batches, in a similar concept to a sourdough starter, in order to kickstart the fermentation with an existing culture of bacteria and yeast, pushing in the desired direction and leading to greater consistency. This 120 hour fermentation lot enhances the mouthfeel and acidity of the Typica, while maintaining an incredibly clean and juicy expression. A testament to Juan’s meticulous work throughout the production process.

240 hour Anaerobic Typica

This lot was fermented in plastic tanks without oxygen for 10 days, or 240 hours. This 240 hour fermentation lot has an incredible depth and complexity, to a level we haven’t experienced often in our years of tasting coffee around the world, especially when combined with such a clean expression, and maintaining so much of the floral varietal character we so value in Juan’s coffees. A testament to Juan’s uncompromising approach, and to the relationship we have built over the years, he grinned knowingly at our reaction to this coffee on the cupping table in Cuenca; ‘I knew you would like this one, I processed it just for La Cabra.’ We’re more than proud of our relationship with a true trailblazer like Juan, and are grateful for the opportunity to share this small lot, processed exclusively for us, with your preferences in mind.


Oak Barrel Typica

This lot was fermented in oak barrels for 5 days, or 120 hours. These oak barrels were previously used to age Ecuadorean rum for over 20 years, so have a rich microbiota. This means that the coffee fermentation is pushed in a rather different direction than if it was dominated by the coffee’s native microbiota, creating a completely new expression of Juan’s Typica. Together with the University of Cuenca, he is currently looking into the precise reasons why these Oak Barrel coffees ferment in such a different way than their plastic tank equivalents. The difference is visible even on the green coffee, and is obvious in the cup. The expression is deeper, richer and more complex than the 120 hour plastic tank Anaerobic fermentation, in a way that is difficult to describe. The acidity is a little lower, with fresh fruit character softening into rich dried fruit. A delicious and thought provoking experience, especially when tasted alongside the traditional Anaerobic version.

Ecuador

CafExporto

We’re excited to continue our collaboration with Juan Peña, owner of Hacienda La Papaya and Cafexporto. Since meeting in Aarhus in 2018, we have purchased many small experimental lots, continuing a conversation through high quality coffee. Over the past two years, Juan has expanded his work, exporting more Hacienda La Papaya coffee to Europe together with us, and starting the CafExporto project, working with farms across Ecuador. We are more than excited to expand our collaboration with Juan, and to share his excellent work with a wider audience. We were able to visit Juan and his team in November 2021, both at the Hacienda and at CafExporto’s base in the nearby city of Cuenca, towards the very end of harvest. Here, we were able to cup an extensive selection of the harvest, and made decisions on the coffees we’re so proud to share with you now.

Juan Peña

Hacienda La Papaya

Hacienda La Papaya is located just outside the town of Saraguro, in the Loja region of Southern Ecuador. The Hacienda has been in Juan’s family since the end of colonial rule, and is a place that holds great importance for the whole family, having spent their summers there since they were children. Juan began to experiment with coffee here in 2010, and moved to work in coffee full time in 2014 after his rose crop was wiped out by a terrible storm in Cuenca. Over the intervening years he has thrown himself into the pursuit of high quality coffee, with a meticulous and scientific approach. This approach, shaped by Juan’s experience in roses and his training as an agricultural engineer, has led to an astronomic rise to very high quality and international recognition, over just 7 years. His obsessive experimentation and need for scientific evidence is a cornerstone of his work at each stage, from carefully applied and monitored fertilisation, constant measurement of brix and cherry weight during harvest, innovation in careful fermentation, to the exacting drying process. Juan’s work in each of these fields is truly some of the most meticulous and effective we have seen in our years of travelling for coffee, and we left the Hacienda in awe.

Technical Data

  • Producer

    Juan Peña
  • Region

    Loja
  • Altitude

    2000 masl
  • Varietal

    Typica
  • Process

    Anaerobic & Natural
  • Harvest

    August 2021

Anaerobic Process

The coffee is first pulped mechanically, removing most of the fruit, as with a white honey process. The parchment coffee and almost gel-like mucilage are then packed tightly into a small fermentation tank, and sealed with almost no oxygen present. As the fermentation starts to occur, carbon dioxide is produced, creating a completely anaerobic environment, and also high pressure within the tank. This affects coffee flavour in two ways. 

An anaerobic environment favours a very different set of fermenting bacteria and yeast, leading to a dominant lacto-fermentation. The pressure also forces coffee juices into the seed itself, adding more fermentable sugars to continue the process. The coffee is then dried with the mucilage still attached, as with a honey processed coffee. All of this adds layers of complexity to the final cup.


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Graven 20

8000 Aarhus C

Denmark

Opening Hours:

Mon - Sat: 08:00 - 18:00

Sun: 09:00 - 17:00

Banegårdspladsen 1

8000 Aarhus C

Denmark

Opening Hours:

Mon - Sat: 08:00 - 18:00

Sun: 09:00 - 17:00

Borggade 4F

8000 Aarhus C

Denmark

Opening Hours:

Mon - Sat: 07:00 - 18:00

Sun: 07:00 - 17:00

152 2nd Ave

New York

United States

Opening Hours:

Mon - Fri: 08:00 - 18:00

Sat - Sun: 09:00 - 18:00

813 Charoen Krung Rd, Talat Noi, Samphanthawong

Bangkok 10100

Thailand

Opening Hours:

Mon: Closed

Tue - Fri: 08:00 - 17:00

Sat - Sun: 09:00 - 18:00

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