Neighbors & crops
Village: Buena Vista, Cundinamarca
Altitude: 1650 M.A.S.L
Doña Rosalía Rodríguez is the case of a 47-year-old woman who dedicated her life to agriculture. She has been related to agriculture since ever since she was born. Her parents were two dedicated farmers who taught her the value of giving love to the lands that gave her everything.
Rosalía inherited the farm Las Mercedes from her father 25 years ago. Around that time coffee was sold at a good price, so she began to cultivate these beautiful coffee cherries that today we have the joy of drinking. As coffee prices have dropped a lot, Rosalía appreciates initiatives like the Neighbors & Crops program from La Palma & El Tucán. Now she can commit exclusively to grow beautiful coffee beans, plus the time to realize other activities different from her crops.
Thanks to the 2,500 Castillo coffee trees, Doña Rosalía has been able to provide education for her two children. Her daughter is now a nurse, and her son has recently graduated from high school. Rosalía lives on the farm with her husband, who helps her look after the crops.
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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