Our Colombian Tolima Organic we sourced to replace Asorganica. The Cauca region of Colombia had a low harvest and so we had to select another organic coffee from Caravela.
Our relationship with Caravela (used to be called Virmax) is over a decade long, and we are proud to have them as suppliers. Caravel is a shining light in the coffee industry and beyond. For three years running, we’ve been named a “Best-for-the-World” company by B-Corp.
Caravela’s PECA program is the heart of their success, and a root of real sustainability from seed to cup. We work with Caravela each season to try and source coffees of forward contract and top up with coffees on SPOT. Caravela is our preferred supplier. When we get coffee from them we are confident that the quality is of a controlled standard and the ethics of getting coffee from origin to our roastery is central to what we and they do.
Tolima is one of the 32 departments of Colombia, located in the Andean region. It is a booming department with delightful landscapes. The department of Tolima is famous for its steep mountains, abundant water and deep valleys that create the perfect recipe for agriculture. Between these high mountains, the wind blows all year round, up from the Rio Blanco River and through the coffee fields, filling the air with sweet fragrances during the coffee flowering.
Producers from Tolima aspire to take every day as an opportunity to improve or grab the bull by the horns. The fertile lands and mild climate, combined with the strong dedication of the people who work this land, produce a unique cup profile. Despite insecurity challenges, due to guerrilla presence in the region for over four decades, these coffee growers have always grown their coffee with pride and care. These growers have made great leaps to consistently produce high-quality coffee meaning fewer defects from origin, specialized tree care, picking only mature cherries, better processing techniques, and investing back into farm infrastructure.
Details of Colombian Tolima
The Tolima coffee is bright, tropical and complex. Expect notes of sweet plum, cherry, and milk chocolate with a smooth citric acidity
|Region:||Southern Tolima, Tolima, Colombia|
|Producers:||Typically 30 small scale producers|
|Typical Farm Area:||3 Hectares|
|Harvest:||October – December (2018).|
|Processing:||Fully Washed Arabica. Dry Fermentation Process (>+24 hours).Sun-dried in parabolic patios and raised beds.|
|Altitude / Latitude:||1,600 – 2,000 masl|
|Packaging:||Vacuum packed in Pedrua|
|Cultivars:||Arabica Caturra (70%), Colombia and Costillo|
|Characteristics:||A four-star complexity coffee, with honey sweetness, fruit and cocoa notes.|
|Roast used:||What we call a bump, kick and settle roast. Decreasing ROR to start, increased then decreased just before first crack. With just under a minute of development time|