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LA PALMA Y EL TUCAN 35kg @ $24/kg

LA PALMA Y EL TUCAN 35kg @ $24/kg

Colombia

$755.00 Regular price $840.00

Arrival expected early-February 2022

Forward has purchased 10 x 35kg bags of N&C Lot 1 'Bio-innovation' Washed Castillo from La Palma y El Tucan and producer by Alirio Perilla.

The coffee trees at La Palma y El Tucan's (LPET) are surrounded by a vast ecosystem of plant life growing in harmony. This concept was designed by LPET founder, Felipe Sardi, after pursuing his Master's in Permaculture. He theorized that he could remove many of the coffee trees, rotate in other crops that would fix elements in the soil, and still have a comparable-sized harvest. He has been successful in his endeavor and has drastically changed the landscape within Cundinamarca, by sharing this program through the unbelievable Neighbours & Crops project.

This lot comes from the LPET Neighbours & Crops program, which is a community program, empowering and activating nearby coffee producing families. It's a powerful business model that positively impacts the community in many different ways. 

LPET has a team called the Elite Picker Squad. This team is constantly monitoring the progress of the coffee plants throughout their farm as well as the N&C program. They focus on pruning, fertilizing, applying compost (made organically at LPET), and harvesting the cherry. This intense level of detail ensures maximum expression of the coffees harvested and premium dollar to go back and support each of the neighboring families. They're able to also focus their efforts of other crops and projects through the security of the N&C program.

Don Alirio has been producing coffee for over 20 years at his small 1 hectare farm called El Arracachal. It's located near the municipality of La mesa. In total he has 3 hectares of land. Prior to the Neighbours and Crops program, he and his wife used to harvest and mill the coffees on their own, and sell to the FNC in Colombia for market price.

This specific coffee comes from Alirio Perilla and is lot #1 of the 2021 season. It's processed in a state-of-the-art technique known as 'bio-innovation'. Through the bio-innovation process, LPET honours the main principles of organic farming, by capturing and reproducing microorganisms found within the farm, to inoculate the coffee and drive the flavours utilizing their terroir. Fermented as whole cherry for 84 hours in sealed, ceramic pots inoculated with local yeasts, then pulped and fermented an additional 16 hours with mucilage, in traditional open air ceramic tanks. Followed by 10 days in shaded raised beds which are both temperature and humidity controlled, and 185 hours in mechanical drier.

This is one of the most sustainable and impressive models we've seen to date in the coffee industry.

The profile of this coffee is very pink and red, with lots of fruit tones and soft florals defining the cup. There's strawberry, raspberry, watermelon and grapefruit, with hints of bubblegum sweetness that pop. The profile is extremely elegant and structured, with this sticky, marmalade type of finish 

For the full collection of La Palma y El Tucan coffees, available through Forward, please follow this link here. You'll find Estate and Varietals, as well as Neighbours and Crops.

Variety: Castillo
Price Forward paid per kilogram: $18.04 USD FOB
Process: Bio-innovation lot 1 
Total kilos available: 10 x 35kg
Harvest date: May 2021
Fermentation: Fermented as whole cherry for 84 hours in sealed, ceramic pots inoculated with local yeasts, then pulped and fermented an additional 16 hours with mucilage, in traditional open air ceramic tanks. Followed by 10 days in shaded raised beds which are both temperature and humidity controlled, and 185 hours in mechanical drier.

Drying time: 10 days in raised beds, followed by 185 hours in a mechanical silo
Drying temperature: 32 °C Max. - 16 °C Min.  
Altitude: 1800 masl

Region: Zipacon, Cundinamarca, Colombia
Rainfall:  1300 mm/year
Humidity: 80 %