Here we go again, folks! 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 one is particularly lovely, with notes of passionfruit, vanilla ice cream, and strawberry daiquiri.
We sourced this coffee with our friends at Ally Coffee, who have a history of elevating the profile of coffee farmers in Colombia, and thus raising the amount they can charge for their green coffee.
Santa Isabel Farm is located in the San Diego municipality of the Cesar Department. Producer Luis Alfonso Padilla Rios and his wife Maria Jhoannaa Paez Rodriguez and their three children live on Santa Isabel in the town of Media Luna. The farm produces plantain and lulo fruits in addition to coffee, and its 30 hectares reach from 1900 to 2000 meters above sea level. There is a second harvest, called the mitaca, from July to September in addition to the main harvest from November to February.
“I started growing coffee together with my father when I was a child,” Luis Alfonso says. He used to help move coffee in the dryers and give food to the employees. Now he has his own farm and Santa Isabel has one permanent employee and between 10–15 seasonal employees. The farm currently partners with Colors of Nature to improve the quality of the coffee they produce.
This lot of Natural processed coffee was fermented in cherry for 36 hours then transferred to raised beds to dry for 20 days.