EMC | Ecuador Pichincha Alambi
Cold Brew Bright Profile | Light roast
Tasting Notes: Apricot, Brown Sugar, Juicy
IT ALL STARTS AT THE COFFEE FARM
Grown northwest of the province of Pinchincha in northern Ecuador, this coffee comes from several different smallscale coffee growers. Farms in the north of Ecuador are bigger, at 15 hectares (37 acres) or more, and the area is extremely lush and in very moist conditions with a nice warm summer creating good conditions for growing coffee.
The area has a unique microclimate that is wet throughout the year and has good temperature fluctuations ranging from 53°F to 82°F (12°C to 28°C), with an average of 68°F (20°C). This weather is well-suited for coffee cultivation, which is reflected in the quality of the coffee produced.
Just like apples have different varieties, and a Granny Smith tastes different than a MacIntosh, coffee also has different varieties, some with more unique flavors than others. The Alalmbi is made up of rare varieties, particular to Ecuador, which contribute in part to its floral aroma and fruity flavors.
Sidra: Sidra is a hybrid coffee variety made from a cross between a Bourbon and a Typica variety (themselves genetically relatively closely related). Sidra can express a very unique fruity, floral characteristics. It has the dense sugars and heavier body of a Red Bourbon variety, and the acidity typically associated with a Typica variety.
genetic testing by World Coffee Reseach — that Mejorado is actually a Bourbon variety cross-pollinated with an Ethiopian Landrace variety.
Coffee trees surrounded by shade
Farmer Clever Abad and PECA program coordinator Ivan Rengifo
Several smallholder producers
Bourbon Mejorado, Typica Mejorado, Sidra
1300 - 1600 meters
DID YOU KNOW
Due to its location near the equator, Ecuador experiences almost the same sunrise and sunset times throughout the year. The sun rises at 6 am and sets at 6 pm, resulting in twelve hours of daylight and twelve hours of darkness.
Price paid by Driftaway
Free on Board price
Farm Gate price
Fair Trade price per pound
Coffee C-Market price per pound
Driftaway's World Coffee Research contribution per pound
This coffee travelled 2,835 miles to the Driftaway Coffee roastery in Queens.
Love the coffee? You can share your compliments & tasting observations with the farmers.
WHY DID WE SELECT THIS COFFEE?
We usually feature coffees from East Africa in the Bright Cold Brew profile, because it's much easier to find coffees with fruit flavors in that area of the world. However, this coffee from Ecuador is especially rare and special, and perfect for the Bright profile this month. This year’s harvest is spectacular with intense and delicious fruit flavors and aromas.
AVERAGE CUPPING SCORE
SCAA Cupping Score
20 x 70 kg
Length of producer relationship
100% (in 2022)
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HOW DID WE ROAST THIS COFFEE?
This coffee is being roasted by Ian T. from February 26 to March 22 in Brooklyn. We use the Loring Kestrel roaster for this profile. We have strict guidelines for each of the coffee profiles, and this roast has to pass the development time ratio test as measured in real-time by the roasting software, Cropster. Once it does, it is approved for production.
We perform Quality Control via a process of coffee tasting called cupping on all of our production roasts twice a week at our facility in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Cupping is attended by Q-certified cupper Ian T., roaster Dave H.and founder Suyog M. All coffees are evaluated on a scoring scale of 0 to 3.
- 3.0 = exceptional roast - exceeds expectations
- 2.5 = on par with profile - matches expectations
- 2.0 = good roast, but 1 or 2 elements could be improved - needs improvement
- 1.5 or lower = failed - do not ship
PRODUCTION AND SHIPPING
Less than 24 hours after roasting, we bag your coffee in our production facility in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Our production team is led by Anthony and Torie, and supported by a rotating cast of local artists, musicians and independent professionals.
AT YOUR HOME
Brew this coffee with your favorite home brewer and enjoy the taste of incredible coffee! Here are a few tips on how to make the best coffee on each brewer.