Nestor Lasso Chiroso
Nestor Lasso Chiroso
|TASTE||MANGO, TROPICAL FRUITS, LEMON GRASS, MILK CHOCOLATE AND GUMMY BEARS.
|ORIGIN||HUILA, PITALITO, COLOMBIA|
WHAT IS CHIROSO OR CHIROSO CATURRA?
Chiroso is most likely a mutation of the Caturra variety, which historically has been planted around Urrao in Colombia. Chiroso is a relatively new variety, which originated in the Urrao region of Antioquia, Colombia. This long bean variety was discovered growing in the area surrounding the small town of Urrao, and initially cultivated by the coffee farmer, Jose Arcadio Caro. Originally cultivated for its resilience and high productivity in the cool climate and high elevations of the area, it is now being celebrated for its complex and floral cup profile.
5 years ago, Nestor and Adrian Lasso decided to break away from their family's traditional coffee farming practices and focus on more experimentation. At 22 and 24, the two brothers teamed up with Jhoan Vergara to create El Diviso. El Diviso brings together the two family farms, El Diviso(Nestor and Adrian Lasso) and Las Flores (Jhoan Vergara), situated near Pitalito in the Huila region of Colombia. This collaboration proved to be a brilliant move, as these three young visionaries pooled their expertise to elevate coffee quality in this region.
3 years ago, Cat & Pierre, founders of CATA Export, teamed up with the 3 producers to begin a journey of experimentation. Through trial and error, they diligently worked to establish precise fermentation processes and protocols on the farm, all with the goal of establishing a direct link for these coffees to the UK market. While the learning process was both time-intensive and financially demanding, it has yielded exciting results. Presently, these coffees have found their way into numerous barista competitions throughout Europe, achieving remarkable success. Notably, they secured 1st place at the Brewers Cup in Ireland and clinched 3rd place in Austria.
Today Cata Export and Finca El Diviso work as one team, Cat and Nestor have recently travelled to the UK and other parts of Europe to create a strong link from farm to cup with Nestor finally meeting roasteries who have shared his coffee recently.
Nestor and Cat's friendship serves as a testament to Cata Export's vision. Their direct involvement in farm operations has proven to be a highly enriching experience, not only for the intricacies of agronomy but also for the lasting relationships they've cultivated through Cata. These relationships, in turn, contribute to economic advantages for Cata's community. In this manner, numerous young producers, like Nestor, have been inspired to remain in the coffee industry and forge promising careers.