Willington Ultengo, Colombia, Washed
Origin: El Mirador, La Argentina, Huila, Colombia
Producer: Willington Ultengo (Second year buying from Willington)
Process: Washed with 48 hours fermentation
Altitude: 1680 MASL
Importer: Shared Source
Notes: Blood Orange, Passion Fruit, Dark Chocolate
Transparency: $2,723,175 pesos per Carga(125kg) of parchment delivered to mill(gas is also paid for) paid to Willington directly by Shared Source. This is more than double the current base price paid to producers for parchment per the Federación Nacional de Cafeteros de Colombia.
We paid Shared Source $5.25/lb + Shipping and Brokerage from New Jersey.
Last year we had Willington's Cattura lot in our Big Sipper, and this year he's back and on our Presents menu! This harvest is boasting some stellar producing from Willington, with big classic Huila flavours, super citrusy, tropical, big bodied, and rounded out with nice dark chocolate.
Willington Ultengo & ASPROCAAR in Huila
Willington is a Huila based coffee producer and leader of ASPROCAAR, a small association of productions in the municipality of La Argentina, made up of close to 40 group members now. The Shared Source team speaks very highly of Willington, as an amazing leader, and passionate producer.
The group works together to market their coffee directly to an exporting buyer, and are encouraged having seen their friend and leader Willington sell differentiated coffee at a premium. The group is making great steps to transition towards fully organic agricultural practices. Shared Source has worked alongside ASPROCAAR since 2015, contributing money and equipment(on top of buying their lots at a premium) to their efforts of better and more sustainable (profitable too!) coffee producing!
Willington has high aspirations, and is blessed with a very healthy 7 acre farm, with typica, bourbon (including pink, orange and yellow), and caturra originally planted by his grandfather. Willington, his wife, and daughter live on the farm with his parents. He has re-invested a lot into his farm, including building out a beautiful shaded drying table that allows him to separate and dry his coffee efficiently.
Willington's Farm - Los Naranjos
Willington's farm, Los Naranjos, is located near the township of El Miridor, in the municipality of La Argentina, which lies in the department of Huila.
Huila is one of my favourite Colombian Coffee producing regions. Some of my favourite coffees have come out of Huila( Including our Don Pastor, and Luz Dary!).
With the combination of crazy high altitudes and unique micro-climates, it’s truly an amazing place for coffee to grow.
don't sweat the technique
Much like I am obsessed with tweaking my roasting to make our coffee’s better, Willington is big into processing techniques.
His coffee is coming our brighter, cleaner and more fruity than our lot previously, but still has that amazing rounded chocolate note that makes it so crushable.
First he leaves his coffee cherries to ferment under controlled conditions for 24 hours (in sealed bags, a low-oxygen environment), before de-pulping them and leaving them to ferment for another 24 hours in an open tank before drying in his beautiful dryer under shade cloth.
All this leads to a clean cup, that's easy to work with, and super crushable.