La Palma y El Tucan – Colombia

FLAVOR NOTES:
Pineapple, stone fruits, red apple, honey, vanilla, juicy mouthfeel

Farm : Villa Blanquita
Owner : Alfredo Garcia & Julio Cortes Gomez
Variety : Castillo
Process : Lactic fermentation
Region : Anolaima, Cundinamarca
Altitude (masl) : 1750

Don Alfredo Garcia’s beautiful yet small farm, Hacienda Villa Blanquita sits at an altitude of 1750 m.a.s.l in the village called Anolaima. Farm manager and grower, Don Julio Gomez is completely in charge of running the farm and he has also lived on site for over a decade with his family. Villa Blanquita is one of the neighbouring farms from the famous coffee producer La Palma y El Tucán. They joined their Neighbours and Crops program a few years ago. Before joining Don Julio used to pick and process the coffees himself. His biggest struggle was drying the coffee because it takes a lot of attention to rotate and rack the parchment to reach proper humidity levels.

Don Julio is dedicated in taking the farm forward in a sustainable way. For healthy agroforestry practices Julio has planted plantain trees among the coffee fields to provide soil nutrients and shade. Moving the focus from picking and processing to actual farming has given him more time to concentrate to enhancing quality. Also this has freed him to spend more time with his family and perhaps to inspire one of his sons to see coffee farming as a future possibility.

La Palma y El Tucan

La Palma y El Tucan is an innovative and dedicated coffee company that works hard to be better and do better. They have become known for their highly innovative processing methods and also for their dedication to create sustainable coffee business.

The hard work and low pay of traditional coffee farming together with the areas proximity to the capital city is luring many of the younger generation away from coffee farming. This is also a trend La Palma y El Tucan wishes to change in the future by providing the farmers a possibility to concentrate on quality instead of quantity. For the future generations to stay and continue their families’ legacy it has to make economic sense. For this reason LPET has taken many initiatives such as:

  • paying 50% more than the country’s price average
  • guaranteeing above-fair-trade price minimum
  • training local cherry pickers, provide the transportation for the coffee
  • donating coffee trees raised in their nursery and give back organic fertilisers made at their farm from coffee cherry pulp

Neighbours and Crops Program

Neighbours and Crops Program brings LPET’s own, highly trained pickers to the farms to select and pick the cherries. After this the Cherries are transported to LPET’s facilities for processing. Their innovative lab is controls the different stages of coffee growing and processing. They are also experimenting with different fermentation methods such as Lactic fermenting and Acetic fermenting.

More than 200 coffee-growing families within a 10 km radius are taking part in LPET’s program.  The program is designed to offer different benefits to the families that help LPET incentivise them to become an active part of the specialty coffee industry. The families commit to the highest possible quality standards while focusing on innovative practises that protect the ecosystem. As a result the Program also drives to revitalise the coffee-growing culture in the region.

Dolmin Moreno – Honduras

FLAVOR NOTES:
WHITE GRAPES, FLORAL, DRIED FRUITS

Farm : La Quebrada
Owner : Dolmin Moreno
Variety : Pacas

Process : Washed
Region : Santa Barbara
Micro Region : El Cedral
Altitude (masl) : 1550-1600
Harvest Method : Handpicking

Dolmin Moreno is the youngest generation of farmers in the famous Moreno family, following in the foot steps of his grandfather Daniel, father Miquel and his six uncles. Morenos have become somewhat of a coffee farming dynasty in Santa Barbara, and as a result inspiring many of their neighbours to do specialty coffee. Morenos have been able to create their success with dedication, hard work and passion. Dolmin also worked in the States to colloect the money to buy his own lot amongst the family fields. And they don’t call his lot La quebrada (the raven) for nothing. This lot is situated on a hill so steep he struggles to find pickers willing to work for him. For the past years he has been hiring only female staff for this difficult job.

The family members place regularly in the top contestants on the Cup of Excellence competition. And within the few years Dolmin has been managing his own farm this almost 30-years old coffee producer has already showed his aptitude for coffee farming by placing twice to the top 20 in Honduran CoE.

Moreno family’s path to specialty coffee

Dolmin’s grandfather, Daniel Moreno – patriarch of the Moreno family – wanted to give up coffee farming around 10 years ago. At this point, the sons had all moved to the US to work and earn a better living. In 2005 Moreno’s neighbour, Mr Benitez won the Honduras Cup of Excellence. He was unable to make it to the ceremony and therefore asked Dolmin’s father to accept the prize for him. Therefore opening Miguel’s eyes to the world of specialty coffee. He then managed to convince his father and whole family not to give up on coffee farming but instead put great efforts in producing quality coffee. Already two years later the Moreno family submitted their first coffees to the CoE competition with Miguel’s lot placing 4th and scoring 90.6 points.

Nowadays the family has bought more land at higher altitudes and decided to plant more unique varieties. The lots have different microclimates and therefore also individualised processing practices resulting to each lot cupping distinctly and differently. And as their family grows and the younger generation starts taking on more responsibility over the coffee activities, the Morenos’ commitment to their buyers remains steadfastly loyal and forward-looking.

Cresencio – Honduras

FLAVOR NOTES :
CHERRIES, MARZIPAN, TROPICAL FRUITS

Variety : Pacas
Process : Washed
Farm : Santa Maria
Location : El Cedral, Santa Barbara
Altitude (masl) : 1600
Soil : volcanic
Average Annual Rainfall(mm) : 750
Size of farm : 3,80 hectares
Harvest season : January to June

About the farm

Cresencio Izaguirre is a second-generation coffee farmers. His farm, Santa Maria sits on the hillside of the mountain range in Santa Barbara and cultivates both Pacas and Parainema varieties. Since the last time we had Cresencio’s amazing coffee he has purchased more land and grown the size of his farm from 0,7 hectares to 3,8. He is also constructing a water mill together with his mother and brothers, who own farms next to Cresencio.

This is a challenging area to process coffee cherries due to the closeness of the jungle and thus rains. Especially the drying process is demanding and needs to be precisely controlled. After harvesting the coffee cherries are then processed at the neighboring Moreno family’s wet mill while construction works for Cresencio’s own family’s wet mill are ongoing. The Moreno family works together with their neighbors and share their facilities and knowledge thus helping the El Cedral community to produce and prepare better quality coffee. These sometimes problematic climate conditions and altitudes play a vital part in making the coffees from this area particularly interesting. They cup with flavor attributes not found anywhere else in Central America.

Collaborative Coffee Source and Santa Barbara

Our green coffee supplier, Collaborative Coffee Source started working with the farmers in this area during the 2005 Cup of Excellence. Since then they have purchased coffee from over 20 different producers in Santa Barbara through and amazing exporter company called San Vicente. Together they have built many long-lasting and strong relationships with the farmers, such as Cresencio and Moreno Family. The area has become recognized namely by some of the very same producers CCS has developed close ties with.