WILD STRAWBERRIES, NATURAL WINE, HONEYSUCKLE, AGAVE
Farmer : Gerardo Barreto
Variety : Castillo
Process : Lactic fermentation
Region : Cundinamarca
Altitude (masl) : 1500
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.