Terrazas del Pisque Horcaf – Cup of Excellence #16 2022
Named after the neighboring Pisque River, this farm was the culmination of Arnaud’s agricultural knowledge and his previous farming experiences in Ecuador. With coffee at its heart, this agricultural system took off with microecosystems sewn throughout the climbing slopes of coffee. By utilizing agroecological principles and regenerative agriculture – Arnaud and his team were able to cultivate a truly magnificent lot of coffee winning 20th place at Ecuador’s first Cup of Excellence competition. This means that Terrazas del Pisque utilizes the natural benefits of surrounding ecosystems to provide nutrients and resources to the coffee. Less inputs are used, helping to rebuild the natural systems in this diverse region of Ecuador.
This lot underwent an anaerobic honey processing method after the careful harvesting of the cherries. This means that the coffee undergoes a fermentation to breakdown the exterior mucilage prior to drying – providing more dynamic flavor profiles.
The small biodiverse country in South America may not be known for producing high yields of coffee, but Ecuador maintains some of the richest soils to grow coffee. The crop was first introduced to Ecuador in 1860 by Spanish colonists in the Manabí Province of the Jipijapa Zone. To this day, this region is well-known for its Arabica production despite the low altitudes. Coffee production soon moved higher in the Andes Mountains, and thanks to the increased altitudes, the biodiverse ecosystems, and warm climates – quality and yield significantly improved.