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In 2011, Jose Luis Rivera entered the annual competition at Cooperativa Cafetalera Capucas Limitada (COCAFCAL) which gives farmers a chance to showcase their specialty lots and catch the attention of international buyers. His luscious, juicy coffee earned second place (after Plantanares, another favorite in the Irving Farm catalogue) and our Green Coffee Buyer, Dan Streetman, has been a fan ever since.
Founded in 1999 by a coffee farmer who was interested in creating a network of organized producers in Western Honduras who could share information and resources, COCAFCAL is one of the most successful coffee co-ops in Central America. Through education, infrastructural support, access to buyers, and innovative sustainability initiatives like ecotourism and beekeeping, Capucas illustrates the ultimate goal of cooperatives which is to collectively strengthen a group of individual farmers so they can eventually leave the co-op and thrive independently. Los Lirios is a great example of a small farm in this region that has successfully followed that trajectory.
Named after the lilies planted across the farm where Jose Luis lives with his wife, this year’s Los Lirios is showing a pronounced vibrancy, full-on cola acidity and plum-like sweetness, despite the colder weather they had which can sometimes pose problems for drying the coffee. Jose Luis likes to ferment the ripe, depulped cherry without water for about 15 hours before washing and moving the coffee to raised beds in a large secadora that he built in 2012. He established a micro-mill on the farm (as many farmers in Capucas have done) so that he can thoroughly oversee the coffee processing and maintain higher quality, and this year he’s working with a new depulper, freshly tiled fermentation tanks and washing canals. He’s also planting another lot of Caturra, an exciting harbinger of many delicious years ahead.
For National Coffee Day we partnered with our friends at Crown Maple and created a riff on the Medicine Man cocktail, combining the tropical sweetness of Los Lirios cold brew with the dizzying depths of dark maple syrup, freshly squeezed lemon juice, spicy paprika and a twist of sage. Create your own concoction with this versatile coffee and let us know what you come up with! Or just drink it straight.
NOTES FROM OUR CUPPING LAB:
Every Tuesday we gather the team at the Irving Farm Loft in Manhattan to cup our new arrivals. Los Lirios elicited the following descriptors—
Lemongrass, Clove, Playful & Sticky, “OMG” by Usher
Add your own impressions below...
This coffee is certified USDA Organic, meaning its production did not involve the use of synthetic substances such as most pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers.
Our morning coffee consists of 2/3 Decaf Farm Brew and 1/3 caffeinated coffee. I tried other caffeinated coffees from Irving Farm and found that the best combination is the Los Lirios with the Farm Brew. It blends beautifully, making a rich, moderately strong coffee. It is the perfect complement to the Farm Brew.
Available for limited times in small quantities, our carefully curated micro-lots are single origin coffees at their purest. Not only are the beans sourced from one farm, they're sourced from one micro-lot of land on that farm, ensuring a highly consistent flavor and experience. This is a wonderful way to sample the true, amazing potential of coffee. We've selected these lots despite their small quantity because we see something in them that's truly special--and we think you will, too.
True to their name, single origin coffees consist of beans sourced from a farm or community in one, specific region. Seasonal selections from around the world, our line of single origin coffees focuses on the highest quality product from coffee producers who take their work as seriously as we do.
Handcrafted from exceptional single origin coffees, our signature blends are carefully developed in our Hudson Valley roastery to please drinkers day after day, year round.
Offering exceptional flavor to coffee lovers who prefer to go without the caffeine, our Decaf selections stay true to taste with carefully blended, naturally water-processed decaffeinated coffees.
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