Philippine Heritage Microlot
Single Origin from Philippines Sitio Belis mills, we bring you a "heritage" lot which pays homage to Mostra's ancestral roots and the ancestry of the farmers who produce these amazing coffees. Mostra does most of our true "Direct Trade" work in the Philippines and you can check out the video on our “About Us” page for more info and a look at our first trip to the farms!! This is a wet processed coffee; at Mostra, we are getting away from saying “washed” or “natural” due to the misconceptions those terms still somehow engender. Most of our coffees will be wet processed without being labeled as such, but we felt it necessary to mention here since we carry both dry and wet coffees from the same mill here in the Philippines. When we had the opportunity to share this coffee with the fine folks at Coffee Review, we couldn't pass up the chance. Read more about their 93pt review of this coffee at coffeereview.com
A note from Kalsada on this lot:
“On the sunnier and lower side of Sitio Belis is another small community of dedicated coffee growers – Sitio Naguey. Although it is only 800 meters away from the first mill, Sitio Belis, the hike is very steep and there is no access to transportation: everything must be hauled by foot. We decided to build a mill at this location after a series of consultations with the farmers. By bringing the mill closer to them, farmers spend less time hiking and carrying coffee cherries, and are able to spend more time picking and sorting. This helps maintain coffee quality: with the coffee cherries having a shorter distance to travel to a mill, the coffees are processed more immediately.
In previous years, we exclusively produced natural coffee from Naguey. For this harvest, as a result of typhoon rain and winds, we washed coffees from Naguey in order to protect their quality. The coffees were dry fermented for 24 hours, followed by 24 hours of wet fermentation. Coffees were dried for 4-6 weeks, and then stored in grainpro bags for another 4-6 weeks before being hulled and sorted.”