Hernan Zuniga

Zuniga cultivates his coffee in Las Tolas, an area suited for high quality coffee due to optimum sun exposure, fertile soil and high elevation.

Year founded

2015

Partnered with Stumptown

2016

Varieties

Caturra

Processing techniques

Washed

What’s new

This is our first year offering this coffee and Zuniga is new to coffee producing, which makes this lot doubly impressive.

The Place

A couple hours north of Quito, Las Tolas is a small valley region off Highway 1, in the Pichincha department of Ecuador. In an area known for its dramatically beautiful cloud forests, this valley proves to be the only one nearby with enough of a cloud break to grow coffee. This break also allows a clear view of the moon. Throughout the valley, there are ruins built by the ancestors of the indigenous Yumbo people who follow a lunar calendar.

The region also receives an average of 1700mm of rainfall annually, has the requisite high altitude and fertile soil needed for quality coffee.

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The Process

Zuniga processes his coffee in a clean and simple manner. He manually depulps his cherry, ferments and washes it in buckets and dries it on raised beds.

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