Neighbors & crops
Village: La Mesa, Cundinamarca
Altitude: 1600 M.A.S.L
Joaquin is a 69-year old Coffee farmer who has been producing Coffee for the last 40 years. He was born into a traditional coffee family. He owns a 3- hectare farm, El Trapiche, where he grows mainly Castillo and Colombia varieties. Juaquin also cultivates other products such as plantain for self- consumption. El Trapiche is located at 1600 m.a.s.l in the municipality of La Mesa, Cundinamarca.
Joaquin does all the duties at the farm along with some workers he can hire during harvest season. His children are not involved with farming since all of them work in the capital city and have different jobs. Before he joins the Neighbors and Crops program he used to sell his coffee to a cooperative near in town and to a neighbor that has a roastery company. He also told us he struggled with the cherry picking and wet milling of his coffee.
Now with the Neighbors & Crops program we offer him our trained team of pickers during harvest, we transport the coffee cherries to our wet mill so he no longer has to hurriedly find a way to process and dry his cherries.
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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