Terrazas del Pisque

Pichincha, Ecuador

Citrus, Milk Chocolate, Molasses

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Arnaud Causse planted a rich forest in the middle of a desert to grow this outstanding coffee, with flavors of lemon, orange, molasses and milk chocolate.

About the Farmer

Passionate about gastronomy, high mountains and rugby, Arnaud Causse is a charismatic character, driven by his love of challenges.
His long term passion for coffee has taken him to every corner of the world.
The first coffee experiments took place in Kenya, Costa Rica, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea and Côte d'Ivoire on behalf of federations or semi-governmental organizations.
Due to his background as an agricultural engineer, Arnaud experiments with the processes of preparing his coffee and with the varietals he grows.
The cherries are processed anaerobically, placed in closed barrels in a cool place for 2 or 3 days for fermentation. Then dried on African beds for 2 or 3 weeks and placed in open crates to ventilate for one month.

Located on the peaceful slopes of the Andes mountain range at an altitude of between 1,700 and 2,100 metres, Arnaud Causse has created an entire ecosystem in the middle of a desert, to support his coffee production.
He has planted a forest of more than 25 different tree species to shelter his coffee (including some endemic), he has set up beehives to produce honey and house bees, planted many honey plants that are used to produce essential oils to naturally treat his coffee trees, fruit trees which have become a refuge for birds and nitrogen soil-enriching leguminous plants.
This ecosystem allows him to grow coffee with zero pesticides.
The trees he grows to shade his coffee plants are castor-oil plants and Inga, acacia, papaya, grapefruit, lemon,
mandarin, avocado, tea, fig, cypress, ash, pomegranate, eucalyptus, broom and medlar trees, just to name a few!
The farm is named after the El Pisque river which flows below, fed by the melting snow falling from the Cayambe volcano.
For now, Arnaud cultivates only 15 of a total 40 hectares, due to needing to draw water from over 8km away.
The coffee we are selling is of a brand new hybrid variety of tree called Las Tolas; an Ecuadorian mutation of his Bourbon and some new Ethiopian plants he has acquired.

About Terrazas del Pisque


Arnaud Causse


Pichincha, Ecuador


1700 m - 2100 m


Las Tolas


May - Oct


Anaerobic Fermentation

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