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Colombia - El Paraiso Washed


Colombia - El Paraiso Washed

Varietal –  Castillo
Preparation – Washed - Experimental Wet Ferment
Location – El Tambo, Cauca
Altitude – 1700 masl
Importer - Horsham Coffee Roaster with Cata Export

This amazing coffee is back for 2021, we are so pleased to have been able to source this coffee directly from Cata in Colombia. They are dedicated to supporting and promoting small producers in Colombia with a focus on representing women in the coffee industry. 

There is no doubt that Colombia has become one of our favourite producing countries. We love the diversity on offer, the range of processing styles, and the recent focus on scientific and experimental processing methods. Most of the amazing coffees we buy from Colombia come from small farms covering less than 20 hectares and are typically bright, juicy washed coffees. This one is a little bit different. It's a lovely juicy washed coffee but the process has brought out a slightly different flavour profile.

This coffee comes from a farm owned and managed by Yenni and Diego. They are a brother and sister team that has worked very hard to produce incredible coffees on their family farm.

Yennis Esperanza Coffee producer

Farm Overview:

The farm covers about 10 hectares at 1700masl and is planted with several varietals that include Castillo, Colombia, Caturra, and Geisha. They focus on very careful tree care and maintenance allowing them to produce a variety of coffees using varietal separation and different post-harvest processing methods.

Colombia Villa Esperanza Coffee Farm

Harvesting and Processing:

Coffee was hand-harvested to ensure only perfectly ripe cherry from the Castillo tree varietal. Diego has completed the CQI level 2 processing certificate, a course that provides training and the experience to science as a base for post harvest coffee processing. Bradley has completed the CQI level 1 processing course and was hoping to be able to do level 2 in 2020/21 but this doesn't seem possible due to Covid.

This particular coffee was processed as a washed coffee but using controlled and tracked methods. 

1. Harvesting with careful hand sorting.

2. Wash the cherry with ozonated water to decrease the load microbial.

3. First phase of anaerobic cherry fermentation for 48 hours in tanks with a pressure relief valve at a temperature of 18 degrees centigrade.

4. De pulp to remove the outer layer of fruit.

5. Fermentation second phase: Anaerobic with mucilage for 48 hours at 21 degrees.

6. Washed with thermal shocks (in order to transfer and fix the aromas), Firstly, water at 40 degrees then water at 12 degrees.

7. Controlled drying for 34 hours, with air recirculation at one temperature of 35 degrees centigrade and relative humidity of 25%, until reaching between 10% and 11% moisture content.

Mechanical drying experimentation has become more popular recently as the temperature can be controlled very carefully. While drying on raised tables is often believed to yield the best results this might not always be the case as the coffee can get very hot during the day and quite cold at night. Drying at a stable, even temperature helps producers to maintain full control over the drying process. 

Tasting Notes: 

Raspberry, mandarin, cherry and blackcurrant. This is an amazingly complex washed coffee with wonderful sweetness and a cup score of 89 points (As score by Bradley, licensed Q grader and the team at origin).


Due to the delicate nature of this coffee we recommend brewing for filter or immersion eg. hario, v60 chemex, aeropress. Example: Dose 15g, water 250g. This coffee will still make a wonderful espresso but will require a high standard of equipment and some careful experimentation. We recommend a lower pump pressure (6-7 bar) and a dose of 17 gram to 40 gram yield over about 30 seconds. 

This coffee is available as wholebean and pre ground but we recommend always grinding fresh before brewing. We sell a range of grinders if you would like to grind this coffee fresh at home. 

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 16 reviews

    This is another incredibly delicious coffee from my favourite roaster, worth ever penny, 5 gold stars!


    An absolute joy to brew and drink. Brewing V60 and Aeropress in the mid to high 80s brought out some wonderful fruity notes. Best coffee of the year so far.

    Fabulous coffee

    I love this coffee - delicate, clean and sweet - I usually brew as a filter coffee.

    Anaerobic Processed Bean

    Lovely tasting coffee - will buy some more

    Amazing coffee

    Lovely stuff:) Red berries in the flavour, full bodied, clean, naturally sweet but not sickly at all. I brewed this coffee in V60 and it gave me bright fresh strawberries in the aftertaste - unbelievable! Absolutely recommended to all the filter lovers.

    Costa Rica Tarrazu Coffee Farm
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    2452 reviews
    We’re not easily pleased - honest!

    This is our new favourite. We were disappointed that our usual Kenyan coffee was not available, but true to form Horsham never disappoints. This has a slightly fuller depth and richness to the flavour and makes a perfect cup every time. We’re on our 2nd kilo now!

    Makes my mornings that much better

    I upgraded from a cheap blade grinder to this and the difference is night and day. Consistency is key when it comes to good coffee and until I got this I was making a completely different cup each morning. Now I really feel like I have control over my grind size and my coffee quality has improved massively.

    Easy to use, easy to clean, well priced compared to others on the market, what's not to love?

    Best so far

    This is absolutely delicious , best coffee so far

    Class grinder

    I recently was looking for an electric grinder that would not be over expensive but better than the cheaper end models so after lots of reviews I managed to settle on the wilfa . I also watched a James Hoffmann YouTube video of this grinder and liked what he had to say . Now I’ve been using it a few weeks it’s superb and quite quiet and very quick at grinding 14g of beans in no time at all . Overall I expect it to last a long time as it’s well built and easy to clean

    Great coffee!!

    If you haven’t tried this coffee and you are an espresso fan then do yourself a favour and give it a try.