Colombia - La Palma y El Tucan Lot 410 | 'Bioinnovation' Anaerobic Washed - 200g
This coffee is bright and sweet with notes that remind us of:
Pink Grapefruit | Gooseberry | Pineapple | Lemon Iced Tea
Origin: Anatoli, Cundinamarca, Colombia
Progaram: La Palma y El Tucan Neightbors and Crop Program
Producer: Jaime Palomo
Harvest: Mid 2020
Variety: Castillo, Caturra, Colombia
Elevation: 1600 MASL
Process: Bioinnovation Anaerobic washed
Fermentation: 31 hours anaerobic whole cherry fermentation in ceramic tanks with captured micro-organisms from surrounding forests, followed by 75 hour aerobic mucilage fermentation in ceramic tiled tanks
Drying time: 12 days in raised beds followed by 96 hours in mechanical silo
Drying temperature: 32 °C Max. - 16 °C Min.
More about La Palma y El Tucan and this lot.
I (Ply) had the pleasure of meeting Felipe Sardi, the founders of La Palma y El Tucan (LPET), in 2019 at the world brewers cup in Boston. I was amazed by the coffee from their farm and their creativity and passion for coffee.
This lot comes from the LPET prestigious Neighbours and Crops program. This means that LPET has not actually produced this coffee; rather, they are assisting in the production, teaming up and empowering Jaime Palomo, a coffee producer who lives in Cundinamarca, Colombia. LPET has created a brilliant business model focused on their community and empowering the small holder producers surrounding them in many ways.
Rather than Jaime having to harvest his own coffee, or worry about buying compost, he has the team from LPET visit him weekly to ensure proper techniques are being used in terms of pruning, fertilization or harvesting. LPET actually sends their team of Elite Pickers to harvest the coffee when they believe the time is right. Then, they pay Jaime for the volume of cherries harvested, at premiums above what the FNC in Colombia pays for coffee parchment. Not only is Jaime seeing a premium for his coffee, but he's also having the vast majority of the work taken off of his plate, allowing him to focus on other streams of agriculture.