Anaerobic Coffee 101 with Los Piños Farm
Author | groundwork coffee Date | January 19, 2021
Here at Groundwork, we are all about "Relationship Coffee." We revel in the fact
that we have the unique opportunity to create meaningful partnerships around the world. Los Pinos, a group of four farms owned and operated by members of The Corales Family in the mountains of the El Arenal Nature Reserve in Aranjuez, Nicaragua is a perfect example of such a relationship. After years of communication, face-to-face visits at origin, and many MANY samples, we are proud to feature this direct trade coffee from The Corales Family as our first seasonal select of 2021.
The Corales Family has been producing organic coffee since 1986 (talk about dedication) with a focus on ecological sustainability. Using heirloom as well as cutting-edge cultivation and processing methods utilizing organic materials produced exclusively on their farm, the coffee they harvest is certainly a labor of love. It’s also a commitment to excellence, something we champion as well. In their own words:
"We have managed to convey the message that coffee production is an art, which must be worked with dedication, thinking about our nature, our community, and our consumers. Coffee is part of our lives and it has become the way we can express to the world our effort, respect, and solidarity as a family."
This commitment to excellence and propelling coffee forward is especially evident in their recent experimentation with multiple unique processing methods, specifically Wine Yeast Fermentation and Anaerobic Fermentation. These efforts have resulted in some incredibly dynamic and distinctive flavor notes and their anaerobic was just too good for us to pass up!
While we could type up a 100-page doctoral dissertation about the nitty-gritty of
anaerobic fermentation and what it does at a chemical level, the short and sweet of it is that it’s a new method of post-harvest coffee processing where the coffee fruit is sealed in an oxygen-deprived environment where it ferments. While essentially all coffee undergoes some degree of fermentation (we’ll be writing more about this soon!), this specific process yields complex and unique flavor notes because it allows farmers to have more control over almost every part of the fermentation process! We couldn’t be more excited about what The Corales Family has been able to produce and are proud to feature them in our lineup of delicious certified organic offerings.
Experience this unique coffee yourself with a bag of Seasonal Select Los Pinos. Available in our online store for a limited time.