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49 smallholder producers next to the Rioblanco river in the Tolima region of South-Eastern Colombia
Caturra, Castillo & Colombia
1500 - 1900 masl
Notes of Red Apple, Brown Sugar and Orange
The region of Tolima is well known for incredible altitude, steep terrain and deep valleys which create incredible conditions for coffee production with distinct microclimates and an abundant water supply. Rioblanco is a river that runs between these mountains and the coffee growing there is consistently subjected to gentle winds which circulate up from the river through the trees and up the mountain. Las Brisas is the Spanish word for ‘Breeze’ which refers to the sometimes blustery conditions in this growing region.
This coffee is wholly shade grown on smallholdings that vary in size but average around 5 hectares. Coffee grows amongst plantain, Chachafruto, Guamo and Nogal trees which provide ample shade and encourage both a diverse ecology and the slow ripening of the coffee cherries which results in this deliciously characterful cup. Once the cherries have been collected, they are processed on each farm’s micro wet mill before being dried in the parchment layer in parabolic dryers. This stage can be very challenging due to the humid conditions and the high rainfall this region can experience but it makes the end result all the more impressive and truly showcases the incredible commitment shown by these dedicated growers.