Colombia El Carmen Natural

summer strawberry, cherry juice, sugary
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Can you have too many Colombian natural fruit bombs on the menu at once? We don't think so, but we're certainly testing the limits! We are developing a reputation for having the most sugary, fruit-bomb Colombians on the market... We think it's well earned, as these are some of our favourite coffees and the ones we love to highlight. This is the sugary-est one we'll probably have this year. Notes of Summer Strawberries, Cherry Juice, and Sugar. If you're looking for the sweet bomb of the year with a little less funk, get this one.

We sourced this coffee with our excellent importers at Falcon, who partner with us on all sorts of sustainability projects (like the Stumping Project in Ethiopia). We're increasingly partnering with them on Colombian coffee cooperatives where we feel we can make a difference.

Producer Esneider Rivera is 30 years old and owns the farm El Libano. He has been part of the ACC Association for 5 years. The farm is situated in the area of El Carmen just outside the town of Piendamo. The far is 18 ha in total with 10 hectares of coffee growing area producing Castillo, Pink Bourbon, Colombia, and Cenicafé 1. There are 2 hectares that are left to natural forest and then the other 6ha are used for rasing cattle.

This naturally processed lot undergoes tank fermentation for 48 hours before being silo dried at 28 Celsius. Drying is paused at 16 hours and the temperature is raised to 37 degrees until 20% humidity is reached. Finally, further fermentation takes place in sealed plastic drums for 24 hours, then parabolic drying is used to achieve 10% humidity.

Asociación de Caficultores del Centro del Cauca por la Paz

The ACC coop (Asociación de Caficultores del Centro del Cauca por la Paz) is a non-profit organisation that was created in 2016 in Piendamó, Cauca. The purpose of the association has always been improving the coffee quality, going all the way from the crop until the commercialization of the coffee, where improving these aspects will have a social impact on the region. Improving the wellbeing of the peasant families, taking care of the environment, and trying to find peace in our territory. 

ACC has 77 associates with an average of 1.5 hectares of land that range between 1,700 and 2,100 meters above sea level, where every member that has joined is a believer of the power of associations, where the main goal is to fight against poverty and social conflicts in the region. The association helps members with commercial strategies and crop related technology; although every member has the chance to decide how to process his coffee with innovative fermentations. The coffee varieties the members grow are castillo, cenicafé, Tabi, Bourbon, caturra and colombia.

Most of the drying is done through parabolic and mechanical silos. The association has a storage facility (not owned - rented) in Piendamó, right beside the coffee purchase center. In this facility there is a coffee laboratory that has all the equipment needed for coffee selection and cupping - done by a Q-Grader.

 Last year 900,000 kg of parchment coffee was bought, where 20,000 kg scored 86 points or higher. The 900,000 kg come from associates and commercial allies from Morales, Cajibío, Totoró and Caldono municipalities.