A honeycomb sweetness blends with a ripe, rainier cherry-like fruit character in a cup that’s both elegant and all-around rummy.
Angel Arturo Paz
Las Flores, Santa Barbara
1600 - 1800 Meters
December - May
Honeycomb, Rainier Cherry, Rummy
La Colmena - Spanish for “beehive” - sits perched at one of the highest points, in one of our favorite municipalities within the Santa Barbara region, Las Flores. Arturo Paz gave his farm this name upon noticing a reoccurring honey-like sweetness in the coffees — We couldn’t agree more.
Paz represents a generation of young coffee producers in the Santa Barbara region committed to producing world-class specialty coffee. Having placed in the Cup of Excellence year-after-year, Paz' La Colmena has blossomed into one of the top-producing farms in the country, and a personal favorite of ours at Verve.
Not only is Arturo an exemplary producer, but a formidable cupper as well. In addition to overseeing his well-manicured lots of Yellow Catuai, Pacas and Bourbon; he’s responsible for quality control at his uncle's Beneficio San Vicente where he - and hundreds of other local farmers - deliver and dry-mill their coffee for export.
We believe the coffee experience is our responsibility from seed to cup. Coffee is our craft, our ritual, our passion. It drives us and inspires us. With this simple truth and responsibility we are bridging the gap from farmlevel to streetlevel. We are verve. Made in santa cruz.