For many years Tolima has remained hidden in plain sight between other well-known coffee growing regions because armed conflict and coca leaf production isolated small coffee producers and exposed them to high rates of violence. As conflict has subsided in recent years, locally organized associations have taken the lead in creating market access for their coffee.
This traceable blend with a vibrant regional profile comes from an association of 50 producers with small farms in the municipalities of Villarrica, Dolores, Prado, Purificación, Cunday and Icononzo, which are all tucked into the eastern corner of Tolima. Each producer has their own micro-mill where they carefully harvest cherries, depulp, ferment, wash and gently dry the parchment on raised beds.
Their impeccable farm management and post-harvest practices culminate into a clean and consistent blend. But there are also just enough differences from farm to farm to create a rich complexity of flavors.
Roasting Notes: Fairly easy to roast, lower chaff with most beans roasting evenly. We recommend pushing to at least a medium roast point to get to the nutty smoothness. A hint of sheen on the surface is a good sign of a tasty roast. A couple day setup cleans up any herbal tones in the cup, so if shooting for lighter roasts, good to give it a couple days before drinking.