Colombia Planadas community - Coffee of the month

Colombia Planadas community - Coffee of the month

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Varietal –  Caturra
Preparation – Washed 
Location – Planadas, Tolima
Altitude – 1600+ masl
Importer - The Green Collection

This coffee is an excellent example of a juicy but well-balanced coffee from Colombia and is produced by farmers from the Planadas area of Tolima. These farmers are grouped together into associations, this helps to consolidate costs and allows farmers with small areas of land to work together to produce larger lots.

Coffee farm in Planadas, Tolima:

Planadas Organic Coffee Farm

Each small-hold farmer will hand harvest from their trees often on farms less than 5 hectares in size. After harvesting ripe cherry the coffee is rested then pulped and fermented before drying on patios or raised tables. Some producers might not have space or equipment to process and dry their own coffee. In this case, they will deliver harvested cherry to a centralized washing station for processing, similar to the harvesting and processing process in east Africa. 

Coffee drying on raised tables:

Colombia organic coffee drying on raised tables
Once dried to a moisture content of about 11 the coffee is taken for milling and farmer lots are combined and prepared for export.

Tasting notes: This is a fantastic dry fermentation washed coffee with tasting notes that include apple, blueberry and a honey like sweetness.
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