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Passiflora

Planadas, Tolima, Colombia
Partner since: 2017 Traceable to: 35 smallholders Altitude: 1650 Varietals: colombia, caturra, castillo, tabi, typica
Processing:

24 to 36 hour dry fermentation, light washing, and solar parabolic mesh-base drying

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Planadas is the largest town south of Tolima, but still isolated and lacking in infrastructure; a cause and result of the narcotics conflicts that have come to define this region. But 35 farming families have banded together with developer/exporter/partner Cedro Alto to change that, to build on a culture of coffee growing curiosity, and to repurpose their incredibly rich ecological heritage.

Colombia and coffee are nearly synonymous. For decades, US specialty has looked to Colombia to source the entire spectrum of coffees, from all-day approachable blenders to unique and experimental competition lots. This range speaks to the diversity to be found within Colombia– diversity in climate, coffee and culture. From the northern ranges in Sierra Nevada to the Rezuardos of in the South, Colombia harvests coffee nearly year around. Some farmers negotiate directly with roasters on cup scores, and track international prices. Others come from remote communities and sell to the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC) – a setter of standards and buyer of last resort for communities that have access to no other customer.

It can be most fulfilling to comb through collections and drill down past the bodega level. All that is possible within a single collection can often be scaled up, if you just ask., and if you find the right partners who care to listen. Earning trust, calibrating on coffee and getting into a good cadence for communication– these accomplishments are more important here than in other parts of the world. In Colombia quality can be found from estates at the container-load, or from smallholders 1-2 bags at a time. The key is finding the right partners who can help you to cut through the noise and get to the best coffees every harvest.