EPA | Ecuador Pichincha Alambi
Fruity Profile | Light roast
Tasting Notes: Raspberry, Cherry, Milk Chocolate
IT ALL STARTS AT THE COFFEE FARM
Grown in northern Ecuador along the Andes mountain range, this coffee comes from 6 different small-scale coffee growers. Our importer partner Caravela sourced these coffees, and works with the farmers throughout the year, educating on best practices for increasing productivity and improving quality.
The microclimate in this area is very particular. It is very wet almost year-round and has good temperature fluctuations from 12 - 28 degrees Celsius with an average of 20 degrees. This weather is ideal for coffee growing and it reflects in the cup.
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.
6 small-scale producers
Bourbon Mejorado, Sidra, Typica Mejorado
Washed, Dry Fermentation
1300 - 1600 meters
DID YOU KNOW
In northern Ecuador, most coffee is grown on relatively larger farms of 15 hectares (40 acres) or more.
Price paid by Driftaway
Fair Trade price per pound
Coffee C-Market price per pound
Driftaway's World Coffee Research contribution per pound
This coffee traveled 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 Fruity 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 Fruity profile this month. We roasted it last year in the Classic profile, and it was an impressive coffee with a lot of sweetness and balance, but this year’s harvest is spectacular with intense and delicious fruit flavors and aromas.
AVERAGE CUPPING SCORE
SCAA Cupping Score
25 x 70 kg
Length of producer relationship
100% (in 2022)
Transparent coffees purchased
HOW DID WE ROAST THIS COFFEE?
This coffee is being roasted by Ian T. from 27th March to 20th April 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 once a week from home as per our Covid-19 shelter in place guidelines. Each cupping is conducted by our roasting staff Kieran D. and Ian T. using standard equipment, and is logged by our Q-certified cupper Ian T. 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 Dave and Trae, 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.