About La Papaya
Tucked in south central Ecuador sits Hacienda La Papaya, a pioneer and innovator in coffee cultivation in the area. Juan Peña is the founder and director of this farm; his vision from the beginning was to produce high-quality plants and have meticulous processes managed by agronomists. In fact, this farm has an agreement with the University of Cuenca and acts as a little research center for coffee growing and technology.
He plants exclusive varieties, like this lot’s B7 variety, a cross between typica, caturra, pacas, and bourbon. This lot is at one of the highest areas of the farm and gets a lot of sunlight during the day.
Once these plants are at peak ripeness, the cherries are harvested and anaerobically fermented in tanks for 4-10 days where temps stay below 75 degrees fahrenheit. After this extended fermentation, the whole cherries are transferred to drying rooms for about 30 days before they are sent to the dry mill for final processing before export to us!
The anaerobic fermentation paired with the natural processing brings out interesting and complex flavors. It has qualities of orange wine (where white grapes are left in their skin for fermentation, aka a natural wine), some wild strawberry and tropical flavors without being ‘funky’. It has a bit of a lighter body than other anaerobic coffees we’ve had with an elevated complexity.
Hacienda La Papaya is truly a special and important part of elevating coffee growing in southern Ecuador. We’re honored to be the final piece in sharing this meaningful, unique, and complex coffee with you.
REGION: Loja, Ecuador
FARM: Hacienda La Papaya
PRODUCER: Juan Peña
ALTITUDE: 1,930 Meters
PROCESS: Anaerobic Fermentation, Naturally Processed
Sourced from our partners at Collaborative Coffee Source.
Orange Wine, Strawberry Candy, Tangerine
While we strive to roast our coffees to be enjoyable using any brewing method, we love La Papaya on Chemex
Chemex Brewing Ratio - 1:16 [i.e. 25g coffee and 400g water]
Frequently asked questions
We ship almost all orders same or next day, Monday-Friday. We ship via USPS and typically orders take 2-5 days arrive. (But, as you may know, once we drop your package off, shipping times are out of our control.)
The coffee is usually roasted within one business day (Monday-Friday) of shipment. We recommend waiting at least 3-4 days after the roasting date before brewing. (And we think the sweet spot is around 2 weeks!)
All our coffees will be somewhere in the vicinity of a light to medium roast.
The way we approach roasting coffees is called 'profile roasting' meaning that we create a unique roasting profile for each coffee based on the characteristics of each bean (density, size, moisture level within the bean, etc) and how it reacts while roasting so that we can get what we believe to be the best expression possible for each of our coffees!
Lucky for you, any of our coffees can be brewed as espresso!
We aim to roast our coffee so that it tastes great in a variety of brew methods. (Fun fact: espresso is a brew method, not a type of coffee bean!)
If one of our offerings sounds good to you, we bet you’ll like it on espresso too! But, we always like to suggest Tres Banderas as a starting point for espresso.
No, most of our coffees aren’t ‘certified’ organic. But!! That doesn’t necessarily mean they’re not grown using organic processes. For many of the farms/mills that we purchase coffee from, the cost of the certification could put them out of business — new and separate equipment, cost of application process, the time spent going through certification (multiple years), etc. You can read more on the topic in our blog post here.
We are not officially fair trade certified and typically do not purchase Fair Trade certified coffees. We believe the system is a good one, and has helped many farmers and families earn a better living, however, one thing it does not address well is quality of product, and we typically pay much higher prices for higher quality.
Fair trade usually offers farmers a small premium (about $.40) on top of whatever the current market price for coffee is. We either work directly with producers or importers that already pay well above Fair Trade prices for high quality coffees. We pay top prices for great coffees regardless of any certification. Please feel free toreach out to us if you have any other questions regarding our buying practices.
Your enthusiastic satisfaction with your order is our top priority! If you are dissatisfied with your purchase, please contact us to discuss available options.
You have 30 calendar days to return an item from the date the order was placed. To be eligible for a return, your item must be unused and in the same condition that you received it in and must be in the original packaging.
Please note that we cannot accept returns on coffee because it is a perishable item. If we made an error in fulfilling your coffee order, we will, of course, make it right! Just contact us and we’ll get everything sorted.