This year, we are offering a set of 2 – 8oz bags of coffee, 1 bag of our Elefante Viejo and 1 bag of our Elefante Nuevo. This is an exciting set, highlighting meticulous work by the Rodriguez family in cultivating two stunning separations of the Elefante trees.
Mysterious coffee trees were discovered on the Rodriguez Family farms about a decade ago. The origin was unknown, but these naturally mutating trees had some resemblances of its neighboring trees, Bourbon and Typica. Although the fruit it produced was twice as dense, much larger and contained up to five times more juice than it’s neighboring varieties, the Rodríguezes’ decided to harvest a small separation and see what it tasted like; the result was one of the juiciest and most interesting coffees they had encountered. Somehow, I convinced them to sell me all of the micro-lot that first year.
The Elefante Viejo is a separation of these few original trees that still exist on their farms and grow at 1400 meters. This coffee is laced with notes of blackberry, rich dark fruit juiciness, with mulling spice complexity on the finish. Elefante Viejo is a rare opportunity to enjoy coffee from the old vines that brought us this new and exciting flavor over the years.
When the Rodriguez Family discovered Elefante, concurring with a few friends about the potential of this coffee variety, they began collecting seeds from those few trees scattered around their farm and planted a new plot of Elefante at the highest peak of their farms at 1700 meters. Last year, this plot began producing it’s first fruits. The Elefante Nuevo is a separation of this first cultivation of “new vine” Elefante. The coffee presents itself youthfully, in contrast with Viejo, holding superb acidity, white tea, and delicate, soft fruits throughout.