The Fields is known as the adventurous coffee in our range and a key part of our forward-thinking desire for quality and innovation. This coffee represents our standing as one of the pioneers in the London coffee scene with its title a nod to our local London Fields neighbourhood. The adventurous badge offers us the chance to explore alternative approaches to processing, sustainability and experiment with some of our closest coffee growing partners. All of which results in unique flavours from some of our favourite producers around the world.
The coffees from the Colombian region of Antioquia are quickly emerging as some of our Colombian favourites with many unique flavour profiles on offer. Earlier this year we roasted Villa Clabelina’s washed Caturra before being introduced to their natural processing experiments for this harvest.
Brothers Hernan and Eugenio Prieto Soto oversee Villa Clabelina, their family farm of more than 50 years, near the small town of Ciudad Bolivar. Set over 22 hectares Villa Clabelina is home to more than 100,000 coffee trees (predominantly Caturra and Colombia varieties). With the hillside steeply rising from 1,500 to 1,800 masl all coffee is still picked and sorted by hand, making this a true labour of love.The brothers also form part of a local Coffee Growers Association focused on improving their coffee through environmental, social and economically sustainable processes.
Sharing resources with their neighbour, Juan Saldarriaga, they have built new processing facilities with the ability to control their washed fermentations and introducing natural and honey processes. This is creating almost entirely new flavour profiles with this natural lot bringing notes of tropical fruit and decadent chocolate dessert. This is a wild step forward from the standard expectation of Colombian coffee and will suit all adventurous brewing methods.