'Juan Correa' coffee beans, roasted by Cafés Lugat. 100% Arabica (Castillo) from the Santander region in Colombia. Coffee processed using the lactic method: this develops notes of brown sugar, orange, cranberries & milk chocolate. Balanced gourmet coffee. Medium roast. Micro-lot exclusive to MaxiCoffee. 250g coffee beans.
Presentation of the plantation:
Juan works on a 7 hectare farm belonging to his stepfather, with 35,000 Castillo coffee trees and other Colombian varieties. They also produce corn, beans, pepper and other products to supplement their income.
His parents are coffee producers, and so he decided to follow this beautiful tradition. Juan and his wife work the land and are currently improving their coffee growing abilities since his wife got a diploma in agricultural studies. Coffee production is the main source of income for Juan; it helps him give a good education to his children and support his wife. He hopes his children will continue to work with coffee in the future so they can further improve the practices and add more value.
The lactic process:
The lactic process is a variant of the washed process. It consists in adding a fermentation period before the pulping part. In Juan Correa's farm, it is the women who harvest the coffee cherries. They select very ripe cherries (we could compare that to the late harvest for wine). And to properly identify ripe cherries, they compare the colour to their nail varnish! The ripe cherries selected are therefore sweeter than the others.
The coffee cherries are then locked up for 72 hours in sealed tanks, without air intake (anaerobic). Then follows the start of the fermentation process where bacteria will create lactic acids on one side and alcohol on the other. This will bring a sweet, sweet and gourmet side to the coffee. In addition, the alcohol will transfer the colour of the cherry to the beans, giving them a slightly rosy colour.
Once the fermentation is finished, the cherries are pulped, washed and then dried. They will finally pass a final sorting step to select only the flawless beans to best enhance the cup of coffee.
Cafés Lugat boasts a team of enthusiastic young coffee roasters who select exceptional coffees and create irresistible recipes just for you. Through their range of coffee beans, ground coffees and Nespresso® compatible capsules, their mission is to bring you the unique flavour and aromas from the world's best coffee-producing areas!
Their passion for coffee has even won them awards. Marco, the brand's head roaster, was awarded the French Barista Championship title at the 2017 French Championships.
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