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.