Raspberry, honey aromas
Farm owned by Arnaud Causse, Las Terrazas del Pisque is located in an area of extreme conditions for coffee between 1800 and 2100 meters above sea level. In the region of Pichincha near Quito, the climate of the land of Vilcabamba is desert, the average temperature in Vilcabamba is 25.7 ° C and the rainfall is on average 192.4 mm.
The farm covers 100 hectares and 50 hectares are planted with coffee. The arid region makes it possible to produce coffee only thanks to an irrigation system that Arnaud installed on the top of the mountain. The farm has the same varieties as Las Tolas. Besides his coffee production, Arnaud also produces lavender from which he intends to extract the essential oil and from the vine.
So it's a bit of a crazy project!
The farm, in addition to producing coffee, also produces lavender, the purpose of which is one day to make essential oil, as well as vines.
What is specialty coffee?
Specialty coffee is a top-of-the-range coffee known as “rare”, with unique characteristics in the world. It is cultivated in the highest altitudes of the world, in family plantations whose objective is the superior quality, signed by a manual harvest in order to guarantee the perfection of the grain. The terroir coffees are carefully sourced for the care taken by the producer, a superior manual and selective harvest, full traceability, a cultivation method and a respected and controlled treatment process.
What is the Score?
The Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) defines a high standard coffee analysis procedure to assess all the peculiarities of specialty coffee. SCA determines the value of smell, aroma, body, acidity, possible defects. A coffee is rated on a scale of 100, and must obtain a minimum score of 80 points to be able to be determined as "specialty coffee".
Specialty coffee score classes
80+: very good coffees
85+: The excellence of the specialty
88+: The Grand Cru, the Rare