Neighbors & crops
Village: La Mesa, Cundinamarca
Altitude: 1800 M.A.S.L
Don Alirio is 50 years old and has been producing coffee for 20 years. His farm, El Arracachal, is located in Buenavista village in the municipality of La Mesa. El arracachal has an extension of 3 hectares but just 1 hectare is planted with about 3000 castillo coffee plants. Don Alirio also grows Banana and plantain.
His parents were traditional farmers and he continues with this tradition. He inherited the land from his father just 5 years ago. He and his wife picked the cherries and did the coffee mill by themselves. Before becoming a part of the Neighbors & Crops program Alirio used to sell his coffee to local buyers at cooperatives in the nearest town. Also, he mentions that he struggled with processing the coffee and commercializing it as the prices weren’t profitable for his family.
Since joining the program, Carlos no longer has to pick and process by himself and we can offer him higher prices for his coffee, now he can focus as well in other labors and spend more time with his family.
We are happy to help ease his duties!
This kind of fermentation is classified as ‘Anaerobic’ as oxygen has minimal interaction with the cherry. Once the cherries arrive at the mill, they are hand sorted and placed in sealed tanks. With no oxygen involved, bacteria feed on carbohydrates present in the mucilage favoring a higher concentration of Lactic Acid, creating a unique profile of the resulting cup.
The Honey Process begins with a pre-fermentation stage of 45 hours at the wet mill. From here the cherries will start the de-pulping stage, passing through three stages of quality control before removing a percentage of the skin. While the drying stage, coffee will be placed in African-style raised beds for over 15 days. Due to the levels of sugar and moisture, the first days will be crucial to avoid microbial activity prolongation. Finally parchment coffee will pass through the mechanical drying machines to end up the drying process.
This method involves a combination of stages found in lactic and acetic processing methods. First, all hand-sorted cherries will go through a short pre-fermentation step. Similar to lactic processing, the cherries are placed in airtight fermentation tanks with limited oxygen. Once removed from the tanks, we pass them through three levels of quality control before having the skin removed by a pulper machine. From there, we leave the beans resting in the fermentation tanks to undergo an acetic fermentation, agitating them from time to time. Once the process is completed, the beans are transferred to African-style raised beds to begin the drying phase.
Our Mixed Fermentation Processing produces a very balanced cup profile with medium to heavy body.
Through the Bioinnovation process, La Palma & El Tucán honors the main principles of organic farming. They first capture and reproduce microorganisms found in their farm’s beautiful forests, to create their own fermentation substrate. Then, they mix this substrate with perfectly ripen geisha cherries, in a clay pot for 100 hours. This combination allows them to create a sustainable closed cycle. After the fermentation, they remove the leftovers and reuse them as compost.
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