Arrived November 10, 2021 to Calgary Warehouse in Calgary, AB
Forward has purchased 1 x 25kg bags of lot 66 'Bio-innovation' Natural Sidra by La Palma y El Tucan.
This lot comes from La Palma y El Tucan's (LPyET) prestigious Estate & Varietals program. Meaning this Geisha has been grown, cultivated and cared for on their highly coveted 16-hectare farm.
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.
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.
This specific Sidra is lot 66 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 65 hours in sealed, ceramic pots inoculated with local yeasts. Followed by 71 days in shaded raised beds which are both temperature and humidity controlled.
This is one of the most sustainable and impressive models we've seen to date in the coffee industry.
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.
This cup profile is very balanced and layered. It has top notes that showcase stonefruits, such as apricot, nectarine, with a backing of strawberry, watermelon, pomegranate and honey adding complexity. The profile is elegant overall, with a velvety and smooth texture.
Price Forward paid per kilogram: $113.78USD FOB
Process: Bio-innovation lot 66
Total kilos available: 1 x 25kg
Harvest date: May 2021
Fermentation: Fermented as whole cherry for 65 hours in sealed, ceramic pots inoculated with local yeasts
Drying time: 71 days in shaded raised beds which are both temperature and humidity controlled.
Drying temperature: 28 °C Max. - 12 °C Min.
Altitude: 1740 masl
Region: Zipacon, Cundinamarca, Colombia
Rainfall: 1300 mm/year
Humidity: 80 %