Lactic Colombia La Palma y El Tucan

Lactic Colombia La Palma y El Tucan

Regular price $22

NOTES:
CHERRY, PRUNE, CLOVE

Info:

Village
La Clara, Salgar

Producer
Humberto Lora

Farm
Buenos Aires
Variety
Castillo

Process
Lactic (Anaerobic)
Elevation
1500 meters

STORY

Don Humberto is a 63-year-old producer. He has been growing coffee for the past 50
years. His farm, Buenos Aires is in La Clara village at 1500 m.a.s.l in the municipality of
Salgar. He lives there with his wife Maria and his daughter Johana.

His parents were traditional farmers in Salgar, so to keep with the tradition he bought 3
hectares from their land. He has planted 15,000 Castillo coffee trees which gives him the
income to maintain his family. His daughter helps in the maintenance of the farm, Don
Humberto told us that his daughter would like to keep with coffee farming as she sees
that this activity enable them to have a stable life. He has taught his daughter all he
knows about coffee and wishes that someday she can take over the crops.


La Palma y El Tucan exists to drive Colombian coffee toward a better future; better coffee and better practices for coffee growers, coffee consumers, and sustainability overall. This coffee comes to us through their “Neighbors & Crops” program which is a sustainable Coffee Relationship Model that helps small-scale farmers produce top quality coffee with traditional Colombian varieties such as Caturra, Castillo, Colombia, Typica, and Bourbon. They have have identified more than 200 coffee-growing families located within a 10km radius of their farm, from whom they buy and process exceptional coffee cherries, while controlling every step of the process. To help lower costs and improve quality, they provide their Neighbors with a team of highly-trained cherry pickers to take on their farms during harvest. They organize and provide transportation, food, and shelter for the entire labor force during harvest season. The program is designed to offer their neighboring coffee-growing families various different benefits (monetary and non-monetary) that help incentivize them to become an active part of the specialty industry. Together they’re able to commit to the highest quality standards possible, while focusing on innovative practices that protect the ecosystem, the land, and their home. They believe, at the end of the day, farmers are the guardians of their own environment. Neighbors & Crops is designed to revitalize the coffee-growing culture in the region. All coffee undergoes fermentation during processing. Lactic Processing requires the proper knowledge and equipment to control that fermentation precisely. By measuring and controlling oxygen levels, sugar content, and pH in an anaerobic environment, bacteria is encouraged to feed on the sugars present in the coffee mucilage to produce lactic acid. Done well, this process serves to produce coffees with clean, vibrant fruit notes and dazzling complexities.