Colombia

El Meridiano

Released February 12, 2020

Flavours of red grape, orange, toffee
Body     Acidity

We’re back in Colombia for this week’s coffee, in the department of Tolima.

This crop comes from a small town called Herrera, home to 58 members of the Association of Specialty Coffee Growers of Alto Saldana. Their farms are small by Colombian standards – the average farm is only 4.5 hectares.

Yet they consistently achieve high cup (quality) scores, earning recognition for the flavours present in their harvest.

The proximity of this region to the equator and the wide range of microclimates creates conditions that allow them to harvest almost year-round. While most coffee regions of the world have a single annual harvest, Colombia’s climate allows them a second crop each year; and in the case of Herrera that stretches to crops through almost nine months of the year.

The Tolima department was historically difficult for coffee producers to export, due to the FARC guerrilla military group. Their 50-year conflict with the Colombian government ended in 2016 with a peace accord that is still holding today, though it remains uncertain.

We hope to see peace upheld, to allow the farmers and producers of Tolima easier access to the export market, and with that the greater recognition and reward that their crops deserve.

Country

Colombia

Region

Tolima

Altitude

1500-1900m above sea level

Varietals

Caturra

Process

Washed

Producer

58 Members

Body

Medium

Acidity

Balanced

Map showing location of Colombia El Meridiano


What makes up Colombia El Meridiano?

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 Colombians 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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