Our wild coffee – the Lagunillero

We discovered this coffee plant growing wild when we first explored our project land in 2013/2014. This type of coffee is a mutation of the Typica variety “Criollo”, which was probably spread by local birds in the canyons and has obviously changed over time to a variety with unique characteristics. We lovingly named it after the area where it was discovered: “Lagunillero”. It is a low-bearing variety with medium-sized cherries. In 2017 we sent a sample of it to friends of a roaster in Hamburg. The result surprised us: full-bodied, peach, apricot, chocolate and honey. A coffee with potential for absolute top coffee between 85 and 91 points. As wild coffee in a class of its own, a bean for the real coffee lovers. It requires a lot of effort in harvesting due to its limited occurrence and due to the fact that its grown 100% ecologically and wild, while low-bearing, with just a few plants per hectare. The Lagunillero at its level of incomparable high quality will therefore remain an absolute rarity.

Self-declaration on our wild coffee

Coffee origins from the highlands of Ethiopia. As a result, real native wild coffee only exists there. Until today there is no international standard for the use of the term “wild coffee”, which would also include feral crops in other countries outside of Ethiopia, and there are no standardized parameters for the evaluation of “wild coffee” in general.

That is why we have transparently disclosed which criteria we use to describe our endemic Lagunillero as wild coffee :

  1. Maintaining a closed positive definition of activities that we carry out: harvest only. Exceptions: Every now and then older plants can be cut back and small aids in the spreading of populations may be applied.
  2. Maintain an open negative definition of the activities that we do NOT do. These are all the regular tasks involved in cultivating crops: watering, applying fertilizers or chemicals, cutting surrounding shade trees or bushes, all types of soil improvement or measures to drive out predators and insects