Colombia

Dario Martinez

Released August 29, 2016

Flavours of nashi pear, currants, treacle
Body     Acidity

We’re back in Tolima with this delivery, a region that’s proving to be one of our favourites in Colombia this past year. Dario’s farm, Los Sauces is located in a small village near Rio Blanco.

He has been running the farm for around seven years, and is currently growing three varietals on the 7 hectare farm: the Caturra that we’re sharing in this delivery, as well as Castillo and Gesha.

Dario Martinez at Los Sauces Dario Martinez at the farm Photo: Caravela Coffee

Dario has been working with Caravela Coffee, our export partner in Colombia, for around two years and he says the move to specialty coffee is making a big difference.

By focusing on higher quality, he’s receiving premiums over commodity coffee prices that have helped provide better for his family, and improve his farm to produce even better quality coffee. He’s also able to focus on running the farm more sustainably.

Across the whole farm, he’s now producing mostly AA grade (the second-highest in Colombia’s grading system) and 20% the highest grade: AAA.

Dario Martinez Photo: Caravela Coffee

On Los Sauces he also grows sugar cane, plantain and corn to diversify his income and ensure he’s producing crops throughout the year and not just the main coffee harvest.

Country

Colombia

Region

Planadas, Tolima

Altitude

1760m above sea level

Varietals

Caturra

Process

Washed

Producer

Dario Martinez

Body

Medium

Acidity

Medium

Map showing location of Colombia Dario Martinez


What makes up Colombia Dario Martinez?

Varietals

Caturra varietal

Caturra is a natural mutation of Bourbon that was originally discovered in Brazil in 1937, considered to be the first naturally occurring mutation ever discovered.

The location

Coffee from Colombia

Colombia is one of the largest coffee producers in the world and benefits greatly from having one of the most unique and complex set of micro-climates of all coffee producing nations.


The Tolima region of Colombia

Previous epicentre of conflict between the government and FARC rebels, only just starting to open itself up to more reliable and transparent exports. Some of our favourite Colombian’s have emerged from this region, unfortunately often not through consistent seasons and in very small quantities

Farm processes

Washed process

Machines are used to remove the flesh from the coffee cherry before being fermented in water, washed again, and finally sun dried. This process tends to result in more distinct, cleaner flavours.

Coffee delivery: coffee in resealable bag and farm information card

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