Sourcing

Harsu G1: Defining a Red Fox Natural

Found only in the ultra-high reaches of Guji’s vast Uraga forest region, Harsu Natural is exactly what we look for in a natural: not so subtle in its fruit that it could pass as washed, but immensely clear and reflective of terroir in companion to processing. With a big red fruit profile including a refreshing watermelon note as well as ripe strawberry and cherry, underpinned by mild florals like orange blossom and subtle citrus zest acidity, Harsu Natural showcases this delicate balance.

Harsu Natural’s sourcing area all falls between 1900 and 2300 masl, incredible altitudes that are just one part of what makes them so special. One of the most interesting aspects of the Harsu area is that the trees here are the youngest in the larger region—fully mature, but still distinct in their profile. The microclimate plays a role too, with long, cool nights slowing cherry maturation. Natural processing is carried out with care, so that the terroir of Harsu shines through as the main element of the final product.

The main challenge here is labor availability, and high wages per day guarantee access to the best cherry. There’s plenty of price competition too, with a lot of exporters vying for Harsu’s unique profile. Security is another challenge for those working in or near this densely forested subregion.

Interested in sourcing coffee with us? Reach out at info@redfoxcoffeemerchants.comTo learn more about our work, check out our journal and follow us on Instagram @redfoxcoffeemerchants, Twitter @redfoxcoffeeSpotify, and YouTube.

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