Colombia

Jose Gomez

Finca El Paraiso

Flavours of plum, passionfruit, peach
Body     Acidity

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One of the most stable components in José Ignacio Gómez’s life has been coffee. His father was a lifelong farmer dedicated to the production of coffee and from a young age José remembers helping his father on the farm. It was on these days spend with his father that José learned a lot of what he now knows about coffee production. In 2002, looking to test himself, he decided to purchase a farm and began producing coffee on his own. He started off producing conventional coffees but after a while he felt he needed a greater challenge and one with greater rewards. This sparked José’s interest in the idea of producing specialty coffee, however, he didn’t want to do it half-heartedly. Not only did José begin learning about the production side of things but he also learned how to cup and analyze his own coffee, trying to understand how changes on the farm would affect his coffee profile. After starting to produce specialty coffee José decided to found the Cooperativa de Cafés Especiales de Nariño with some other quality focused producers in the region, the idea being that the Cooperative would help its members find a market for their outstanding coffees. José’s involvement with the cooperative as well as his dedication on the farm has led him to make a success of his specialty coffee venture. He understands that producing great quality coffee is only the first step and finding the right buyer is just as important.

Both Caturra and Castillo varieties are grown in separate lots, which is how we’re able to showcase their Caturra crop in this delivery.

Coffee preparing to be processed

Martha Luz’s husband, Alvaro Castillo, is an agronomist himself and provides much of the technical assistance to the farm. They analyse the soil periodically, and the use of chemical fertilisers are minimised: Martha Luz is proudly focused on making their production environmentally friendly.

Coffee is grown under a system of shade-trees, including avocado, citrus and plantain. Martha Luz attests that the surrounding variety of fruit trees and flowers adds to the fragrance of the produced coffee.

Some of the workers at Finca Hato Viejo

A team of six workers stay throughout the year helping on the farm, rising to as many as 40 workers during harvest. Training is provided on environmental conservation and the improvement of living conditions. Martha Luz looks to employ single mothers above all, and enjoys celebrating national holidays such as Mothers Day, Womens Day, Labour Day and Christmas with the workers.

Photo of coffee flowers by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region

Country

Colombia

Region

Buesaco, Nariño

Altitude

1750m above sea level

Varietals

Caturra

Process

Washed, Patio Dried

Producer

Jose Gomez

Body

Medium

Acidity

Balanced

Map showing location of Colombia Jose Gomez Finca El Paraiso


What makes up Colombia Jose Gomez Finca El Paraiso?

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 Nariño region of Colombia

One of the highest growing regions in Colombia, producing some truly complex coffees

Farm processes

Washed, Patio Dried 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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