After our many recent explorations in East Africa, we are excited to turn our attention once again to a lovely coffee from closer to home. This coffee comes to us from the city of Loja in the Andes mountains in southern Ecuador and is some of the highest altitude coffee produced in Latin America. This coffee is made up of the top microlot selections from hundreds of smaller producers belonging to two of Ecuador’s most advanced democratically organized grower collectives. Primarily heirloom typica varietal with some bourbon and caturra, the coffees were depulped, washed and dried on site at each of the 27 small farms that contributed their best production to make up this vibrant lot. Expect a natural sweetness and subtle hints of nectarine, apricot and some crisp apple that will play nice with most brew methods.