La Gallineta – Finca Las Mercedes

Wild berry tea and lime notes, medium body and bright acidity with an elegant and a gentle finish. 


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  • Country: Colombia
  • Region: Antioquia
  • Farm: Las Mercedes
  • Owner: Alfonso Eduardo Guerra and Olga Escobar.
  • Processing: Natural with Extended fermentation.
  • Altitude: 1,800 to 2,100 meters above sea level.
  • Varietal: Red and Yellow Colombia.

Located in the temperate climate and mountainous terrain of southwest Antioquia, Finca Las Mercedes has the perfect altitude and climate for producing excellent quality coffee as well as playing host to a diversity of native flora and fauna. In this ideally situated terrain, the Guerra family have dedicated 150 of their 386 extensive hectares to coffee. The rest of the farm lies under native forest – some 236 hectares devoted entirely as nature and watershed preserve. 

Don Alfonso’s son, Juan Carlos Guerra, will be the fourth generation in his family to farm coffee and is now actively involved in the activities of the farm. Under his influence, the farm has increasingly focused on quality improvements and speciality coffee production. The farm’s Caturra and Colombia trees are painstakingly maintained and to marry productivity and environmental stewardship. Plots are fertilized twice annually and all control of pests and illnesses are done using products that are certified as being friendly to wildlife. 

One strategy in the farm’s move towards speciality coffee has been to invest a great deal of time and energy into processing and lot differentiation. La Gallineta (Ga-Yi-neta) lot is an ideal example. The lot is a mix of Red and Yellow Colombia, picked from various locations throughout the farm. Selective picking of this specific variety of coffee ensures that the coffee’s unique properties are preserved. 

This La Gallineta lot has been selectively hand-harvested, before being delivered to the farm’s state-of-the-art mill, where it is sorted for quality by machines and by hand. The approved coffee fruit then goes through a long period of extended fermentation. The cherries are fermented for 204 hours in baskets, after which they are moved to patios to be dried. The cherries are regularly turned until it reaches optimal humidity. Once dry, the coffee is milled to remove the cherry, ready for shipment. 

Roast level: medium roast.

La Gallineta is very delicious from medium to coarse grind brewing methods.