Ecuador Anaerobic Honey

Sale price Price $ 49.00 Regular price Unit price  per 

Current Offering: Ecuador

Finca León, run by Marco León

Tasting Notes: Mango, cherry, cola, yogurt, chocolate


Whole bean coffee



Marco León


Guayllabamba community, Pichincha province


2100 masl


Anaerobic Honey


Caturra, Typica Mejorado


June - September


Volcanic Loam



BRIDGE COFFEE CO. was awarded a coveted BRONZE medal at the 2022 Golden Bean Awards from Finca Cruz Loma!

This coffee comes from Marco León, a retired career police officer with a 2 hectare, highly diversified farm at one of the highest altitudes we’ve seen from Ecuador.

Only 50 bags of this very special coffee will be available.

Marco’s farm, Finca León, produces lemons, oranges, mandarins, avocados, and chirimoyas (a delicious tropical stone fruit after which Galo and Maria have named a regional Pichincha and Imbabura blend they also export). Marco also tends the farm with native animal populations in mind, and native guinea pigs and fish also share the property.

Principal harvest months in Pichincha province are June to September, but farms like Marco’s, especially those at higher altitudes, often continue picking through November, even December. Ecuador’s namesake position on the Earth’s equator means that medium-to-high-altitude coffee enjoys practically a perfect year-round growing season, often with flowering and ripe cherry sharing the same branch most months. For small farms this means a small but long-term labor force to manage the slow, perfectionistic work required for such a drawn-out harvest. Marco himself employs 5 workers to help him cover the various tasks required during the long, gradual harvest months.

Processing on Marco’s farm follows a variety of techniques, but this particular lot is referred to as an “anaerobic honey”: Cherry is picked and depulped same day, and then allowed to ferment in an open tank for 72 hours; importantly, the fermented parchment is not washed after this time, instead being taken directly to raised beds to dry amidst the loosened, sticky mucilage. Once fully dry, the parchment is stored in GrainPro bags on Marco’s property to protect it from any encroaching moisture.

Galo and Maria Alexandra, the exporters of this microlot, manage their own Finca Cruz Loma, a 350-hectare plot in the community of San José de Minas, a small town in the northwestern part of Pichincha, a short trip north of Quito. The estate has been in Galo’s family going back 80 years. Galo’s experience in coffee began 20 years ago working alongside his mother on the farm; he would go on to work professionally in the coffee sector, for exporters and as a project manager, before returning to full-time farming. In Galo’s words, “cultivating my coffee is an activity that allows me to apply and develop the skills and habits I’ve learned over the years; it’s also an essential resource for my family, since my wife, my daughters, and myself are all involved with the production and marketing of our coffee. Everybody in the family has a critical role in the coffee’s success.” Galo’s experience in the value chain has positioned his family well to help create opportunities for other farms by representing their coffees, first to exporters and, more recently with an export license of their own, directly to our importer, Royal Coffee.

Source Analysis and Copy by Royal Coffee