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Coffee farmers everywhere struggle with the cost of production but the particular economic and political realities in Ecuador make it a special case. After the banking crisis and hyper inflation in 2000, Ecuador switched its currency to the US dollar, causing their exports to be more expensive after the dollar strengthened in recent years. Additionally, the collapse of oil prices (on which Ecuador’s economy has depended on since the seventies) has contributed to a decline in export revenues. The government responded by restricting imports and raising taxes on foreign goods.
This all matters to coffee producers and to the price of coffee because every piece of machinery or farm equipment that has to be imported comes with an additional premium that drives up production costs. On top of all of this, the cost of production is also impacted by the impressive Ecuadorian national labor laws which require all full-time workers to receive a fair minimum wage, health care, and paid time off.
We at Coptic Light feel that Ecuadorian coffees are truly exceptional and worth this higher price, especially since there is a new wave of inspiring producers offering beautiful, unique, and excellently prepared coffees. The micro-lot we bring to you is from smallholder producer, Guillermo Lomas, who grows a special hybrid variety called Sidra, which originates from Ecuador and was cultivated using Typica and Red Bourbon. It has acquired the sweetness and body of Red Bourbon and the bright taste and acidity of Typica. We especially enjoy this lot for its absolutely pristine profile with the smooth sweet acidity of white nectarines, a creamy mouthfeel, and bouquets of honey blossom in the finish. A truly refreshing cup which awakens the palate, please enjoy!