ABOUT THIS COFFEE
This coffee is a blend of various small family farms from the Pichincha and Imbabura provinces, 150 hectares in total, sourced and curated by Galo and Maria Alexandra. “Chirimoya” is the title for the small-farm blend, in honor of the native and uniquely delicious fruit widely grown and consumed across the Andes. Principal harvest months in Pichincha and Imbabura are June to September, but farms often continue picking through December. Ecuador’s namesake position on the Earth’s equator means that medium-altitude coffee enjoys practically a perfect year-round growing season, often with flowering and ripe cherry sharing the same branch most months. For small farms this means a small but long-term labor force to manage the slow, perfectionistic work required for such a drawn-out harvest. In addition to coffee it is common for farms in this area to grow any combination of potatoes, plantains, corn, sugar cane, cacao, soursop and chirimoya, and heart of palm. As everywhere in the coffee world, harvest on small farms typically involves the whole available family as well as hired pickers. Coffee in Pichincha and Imbabura is processed at home on personal equipment and dried on hand-made structures and greenhouses. Cherry is depulped immediately after picking and fermented for 20-26 hours. After fermentation, the parchment is thoroughly washed and moved to raised beds under shade canopy for a slow and even drying stage.
Galo and Maria Alexandra, the managers and curators of this small-farm blend, manage their own Finca Cruz Loma, a 350-hectare plot in the community of San José de Minas, a small town in the northwestern part of Pichincha, a short trip north of Quito. The estate has been in Galo’s family going back 80 years. Galo’s experience in coffee began 20 years ago working alongside his mother on the farm; he would go on to work professionally in the coffee sector, for exporters and as a project manager, before returning to full-time farming. In Galo’s words, “cultivating my coffee is an activity that allows me to apply and develop the skills and habits I’ve learned over the years; it’s also an essential resource for my family, since my wife, my daughters, and myself are all involved with the production and marketing of our coffee. Everybody in the family has a critical role in the coffee’s success.” Galo’s experience in the value chain has positioned his family well to help create opportunities for other farms by representing their coffees to exporters.
Region: Imbabura and Pichincha Provinces, Ecuador
Altitude: 1500 – 1800 MASL
Harvest: June – September
Various producers organized by Finca Cruz Loma
Fully washed and dried in the sun on raised beds
FLAVOR Lemon/lime, tamarind, jasmine, syrupy
Light – City
keith.a.schaal (verified owner) –
We loved this coffee. It had intense flavor without being bitter.
Vinh Le (verified owner) –
Please please make this into a subscription coffee as I would be your first customer 🙂 buying it bi-monthly 🙂 i love this coffee it’s light roast and fruity taste brings me to so many beautiful places 🙂
Nicholas Brown (verified owner) –
I mean it’s blueberry. Blueberry, so hot right now!
Modest just continues to knock it right out of the park. If you’re a mild coffee fan buy 2. You’ll thank yourself later!
Thanks for the abundant trips to flavor country!
Evan MacDonald (verified owner) –
Wow. Just wow. Almost punches you in the face with blueberry and plum flavors.
defmut (verified owner) –
One of the only coffees I like smelling more than drinking.
Caylee Kleber (verified owner) –
I just recently received my 5lb bag of this coffee. LET ME SAY I am NEVER disappointed in any coffee from Modest. In my humble opinion this coffee is superior to any coffee you will ever have. Needless to say I am obsessed and a forever customer of Modest Coffee. They sell their coffee out of Naperville farmers market and that is where the love began. I order a 5lb bag every month or so because I use an espresso machine and serve myself and others in the house this beautiful coffee daily. 5lbs is a great deal and lasts just long enough. I have had many different roasts and origins from them and again…. NEVER disappointed. Love what you guys do. Thank you.
Meghan Pokorny (verified owner) –
Holy guacamole this is good. Not a hint of sourness or bitterness, perfectly roasted. Even that last cold sip was tasty.
Maria Zaborina (verified owner) –
sparky (verified owner) –
Very very nice light roast. Deliciously smooth, sweet, and aromatic.