WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF COFFEE:
Magnolia is my love letter to espresso. It delights in those surprisingly fruity shots with bright and sparkling acidity. It always seeks out sweetness paired with stunning clarity and vibrancy. It is all the best aspects of modern espresso and works to remind me that the possibilities for a good cup are endless when we forever seek coffees that are in bloom.
Rosas Peña Ojeda runs the El Cacao farm with his wife Socorro and his 4 children. The 2 youngest are studying at primary and secondary school in La Zunga, and the 2 oldest are studying administration and agricultural engineering in San Ignacio. As the name suggests, the farm originally grew cocoa but is now home to potatoes, bitcua, banana, and, of course, coffee crops! This is our first harvest working with Rosas but it comes via our longtime Peru Partners' Red Fox Merchants.
Rosas's mother and brothers live in La Zunga, too. At harvest time they practice an ancient Inca technique called "Ayni" which literally means "I will help you today and you will help me tomorrow.” Using this technique, Rosas and his family help harvest on his mother and brothers’ farms, then they all go to El Cacao to work with the Rosas. The family works with the Rio Blanco Cooperative, which collects coffee from seventeen producers along the banks of the Rio Blanco River.
I was originally looking for filter menu coffees when I cupped samples from Rosas Peña Ojeda and immediately knew: this is a Magnolia coffee! The cup opens on big flowery notes with honeysuckle meeting the aromatics of lilac and mayflower. There are big berry notes, with the nice spring bite of a wild strawberry giving way to more jammy fruit flavours, think rhubarb pie or crumble. On espresso, there is a robust honey note that powers the long and bright finish. Great with milk or on its own, this is truly a special representation of Cajamarca.
For espresso, use a 1:2.5 to 1:2.3 ratio in 31-35 seconds.
Strawberry Wafers, Rose Hip & Kit Kat.
La Zunga, San Ignacio, Cajamarca.
Catimor & Caturra.
Emma at Red Fox Merchants.
$10.47 USD per Kilogram.
(This is the price before transport costs including shipping, brokerage, etc.)
This is our first harvest from Rosas Peña Ojeda.