Neighbors & crops
ALVARO RODRIGUEZ A.
Village: Vianicito, Cundinamarca
Altitude: 1400 M.A.S.L
Alvaro Rodriguez is 61 years old, and he tells us he has been a coffee farmer all his life. At 1.400 meters above sea level, he bought his farm, San Felipe, 30 years ago. With 4,5-hectares, Don Alvaro has 8.000 coffee trees of Castillo and Tipica varieties planted under a nicely shaded fragment of 2-hectares. The farm is located in San Francisco village.
Don Alvaro and his wife Nubia Rubiano (65) live at the farm, while his son Sebastian (16) remains in Bogotá finishing high school. He wishes for his son to share his love for coffee so someday he can take over the crops.
For Don Alvado producing the best coffee cherries is the most important thing. He participated in 2 regional competitions where he obtained high scores in his coffees, allowing him to sell it at higher rates. Now that he is part of our Neighbors & Crops program, Alvaro is happy that his coffee is processed with great dedication and love to produce top-quality profiles.
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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