Widely considered the birthplace of coffee, Yirgacheffe is a micro-region in Sidama, Ethiopia’s leading coffee-producing region.
Its lush climate and mountainous topography are ideal for producing some of the finest Arabica coffees—fruity and floral, bright and balanced. The region is common for “garden coffee” production, where smallholder farmers grow fruits and vegetables alongside coffee - their primary cash crop. Most of the coffee grown in smaller plots of land are farmed organically, though not certified as such.
Don Oscar started growing coffee on his farm, Cual Bicicleta, in 1997, right after he finished his military service. With an initial planting of 1500 trees and through meticulous attention to detail, the farm produced high yields of coffee. The low price levels of the coffee market in the early 2000’s however caused Don Oscar to convert to 100% organic production. Initially the change from non-organic to organic production cost him almost 90% of his coffee yield. But after receiving technical support from the COMSA cooperative and increasing the organic fertilizers on his farm, Don Oscar was able to return to his previous production levels. In fact, since the switch to fully organic production, his harvest levels are higher than ever. Don Oscar produces one of the finest and most complicit coffees not only in the region, but in all of Honduras.
Cupping Notes of Cane Sugar, Peach, Pear, Tangerine
Process: Full Natural
12 oz. bag
Oscar Omar Alonzo began growing coffee at age 17 on 2 acres of land given to him by his grandmother. After a difficult start, Oscar converted to 100% Organic production and rededicated his farm as “Finca Cual Bicicleta” because “when you ride a bike you have to maintain equilibrium, you have to be careful, never look back, and you don’t pollute”.
We had an opportunity to visit his farm in 2017 and look forward to returning in 2022. Oscar visited our roastery in 2019.
Oscar's enthusiasm and passion for his work is unmatched! We are excited to offer both his organic natural processed and organic honey processed coffees to our fall line up!
Origin: Trapiche, La Paz, Marcala Honduras
Farm:Finca Cual Bicicleta
Altitude: 1560 m
Varietals: Icatu, Lempira, Noventa, Paranaima
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