Back in 2018 Craig had the opportunity to visit La Palma Y El Tucán (LPET), what Craig experienced first hand was the farms commitment to supporting the local farming communities whilst pushing the boundaries of coffee science. An impressive farm spanning 18 hectares, 4 with natural forest the remaining 14 supporting varietal plots producing 5000 kg green bean annually. Whilst LPET is renown for their exceptional coffees the Neighbours and Crops (N&C) program helps to produce a further 350 tonne of coffee per year, giving opportunity to 200 neighbouring coffee producing families to develop and process both commercial and very special micro-lots through their facilities. The program connects regional producers to the speciality market with a focus on quality and processing innovation such as Latic, Honey, Mixed, Acetic and Bio Innovation Washing processes.
What is the Bio Innovation Wash? Capturing the main principles of organic farming, the farm first captures and reproduces the microorganisms found in their forests. They then mix this substrate with cherries that have been ripened to perfection in clay pots for 100 hours, allowing for a sustainable closed cycle. After fermentation, the leftovers are removed and used as compost. The outcome is an extremely clean and full bodied coffee that elevates the natural flavours of the varietal and terroir.
N&C producer Silverio Guzman proudly purchased his own farmCachingo located in Higueron – Pitalito 2 years ago, however his knowledge of coffee farming started 10 years earlier. Working with coffee has been his family tradition that continues to evolve with the help of his 2 young sons. Through N&C Silverio has been able to save time in the processing of his crops to produce consistently high-quality results such as this elegant Geisha and Pink Bourbon.
The personal connection we have to the beautiful farming area of Cundinamarca, Colombia makes this a very special release and one that we hope you’ll also remember for a long time to come.