We here at Soma, if you didn't guess, love all things "COFFEE". We decided that we wanted to showcase a variety or origins you may not have realised produce coffee and so the UNUSUAL ORIGINS SERIES was born. This limited edition series will have some truly exceptional coffees from parts of the world you may not immediately think of.
This is the first edition to the line up and comes from the Galapagos Islands just off the coast of Ecuador, and is not just unusual in the origin aspect but also the altitude at which it is grown. Typically Arabica coffee is grown upwards of 900 MASL (|metres above sea level) but this particular coffee is grown at 350 MASL, making it particulary unusual. Coffee was introduced to the Galapagos islands almost 200 years ago and over many generations, the unique terroir of the islands have allowed arabica to develop extraordinary characteristics and flavour profiles only found in the
Galapagos. Thus, while coffee is not native to the islands, Galapagos arabica is considered endemic and unique. While altitudes do not reach the heights of origins on the south American continent, the climate is relatively cool, while mineral-rich volcanic soils provide abundant nutrients.
Wilson Gonzales Ramos is an Ecuadorian farmer based primarily in the Galapagos Islands. His 300ha farm Finca El Cafetal is situated on San Cristóbal, formerly known by its English name Chatham Island, the Eastern-most island of the Galapagos archipelago. Wilson also serves as an exporter for neighbouring farms.
Due to the unique biodiversity of the Galapagos all pesticides, herbicides and fungicides are forbidden in order to conserve the native flora and fauna. These products may occasionally be used in exceptional circumstances (i.e. an
outbreak of disease) but only under strict monitoring and control from the Galapagos National Park. Therefore while this lot is not organic certified, coffee farming in the Galapagos is for all intents and purposes an organic operation.
In general, coffee cultivation in Galapagos is part of a sustainable, natural, and symbiotic relationship with the delicate ecosystem of the islands and sustainable coffee cultivation is actively encouraged.
This lot is fully washed. Ripe cherries are pulped, fermented in water for 16 hours, washed, and then sun dried on raised African beds for 2 weeks. The parchment coffee is then transported to Guayaquil, mainland Ecuador, where it is stored in a temperature and humidity controlled warehouse to maximise quality and freshness.
The first thing you wil note when tasting this coffee is just how sweet it is. It is one of the sweetest coffees we have ever offered and is perfect for those sweet tooth people out there. Maple Syrup and Honeycomb toffee aren't the only stars of the show though, with a light acidity kreeping in with notes of Red Grape and Pomegranate Juice. We recommend trying this coffee all ways possible to bring out the different flavours. Drip filter brewers such as the Kalita really highlight the clean body and acidity whilst an Aeropress or French Press will bring out the sweetness more with a heavier body.
This coffee truly is something special! Order your 250g bag of LIMITED EDITION UNUSUAL ORIGINS EPISODE #1 from soma coffee company today. Once it's gone, it's gone.
- Origin - San Cristóbal, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
- Producer - Wilson Gonzales Ramos
- Varietal - Bourbon, Typica, Caturra
- Altitude - 1350 MASL
- Process - Fully Washed
- Notes - Red Grape, Pomegranate Juice, Honeycomb Toffee & Maple Syrup
- Each Pack contains 250g of Galapagos Islands 100% Arabica Coffee
- Due to the high-quality nature of this coffee, it is only available as Whole Bean (for more info on this, check out our blog post on coffee grinders)