Neighbors & crops
Village: Anatoli, Cundinamarca
Altitude: 1600 M.A.S.L
Aristides is an 80 years old farmer, who has been producing coffee for more than 60 years. His farm, El Mirador is located in Anatoli village in the municipality of La Mesa.
His father owned a trapiche (a traditional press to mill sugar cane) to produce panela an also worked with coffee, his mother was a housewife. He has a family of 6, his wife and his 5 children live and work in Bogotá. So, unfortunately, Aristides is the only one who takes care of the farm. He also lives in Bogotá but visits the farm constantly. Seeing generational lines of coffee producers end is part of the reason we created the Neighbors & Crops program. To keep the youth interested in such a traditional Colombian practice: coffee cultivation.
Before joining the program he used to sell his coffee to the federation. He also experienced some difficulties related to labour, as in harvesting season he couldn’t find enough laborers to pick their coffee.
Aristides tells us that thanks to the program he is able to have more time and spend it with his family. support him with our own “cherry picking” squad, and the infrastructure and labor needed to process his coffee.
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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