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Neighbors & Crops

Neighbors & Crops

Marshmallow, Lemon Verbena, Strawberry Shortcake

$128.00

Neighbors & Crops is a truly special project brought to us by the world-famous La Palma y El Tucan farm. La Palma is highly regarded in the coffee industry as a leading producer of high-end coffees which are often used by competitors in barista competitions. Marrying complex fruit notes with a creamy body this coffee is a delight to the tastebuds.

COFFEE DEETS

CONTINENT: South America
COUNTRY: Colombia
REGION: Cundinamarca
VARIETAL: Castillo, Colombia
FARMER: Gustavo Parrado
PROCESS: Lactic (Natural)
ALTITUDE: 1650 meters

BREW THIS

A nice creamy body has us loving the mouthfeel of this coffee on espresso. It also does really well with traditional brewing methods as the body is balanced well with light acidity and some complex tropical fruit notes.

To best highlight the body we recommend a more typical 2.2-2.5:1 (water:coffee) ratio for espresso and a 16.5:1 ratio for pour-over and other percolation and full immersion brewing methods. If you would like to bring out more delicate notes try an allonge espresso of 5-6:1 range for espresso and a 17:1 ratio for brewing.

ABOUT THE FARM
La Palma y El Tucan

La Palma y El Tucan is a farm, mill, and coffee eco-tourism project tucked in the mountains of Zipacon, Cundinamarca. The farm’s name speaks to the concept at the core of their operations: symbiosis, where actions are mutually beneficial. In the same way that palm trees and toucans coexist in a synergistic relationship within their habitat, La Palma y El Tucan approaches the coffee ecosystem through sustainable production and innovative processing with acute attention to detail.

Neighbors & Crops Program

The Neighbors & Crops Program by La Palma y El Tucan is a sustainable coffee relationship model developed to help small-scale farmers produce top-quality coffee with traditional Colombian varieties.

Working with more than 200 neighboring coffee-growing families located within a 10km radius of La Palma y El Tucan, they buy & process exceptional coffee cherries while controlling every step of the production line.

The program offers neighboring coffee-growing families various benefits, both monetary and non-monetary, that incentivize them to become better at growing and maintaining their crops. The support the program provides helps these small farmers to be active in the industry and revitalize the coffee-growing culture in their region.

Meet Farmer Gustavo Parrado

Gustavo Parrado is a 70 year-old traditional coffee farmer. Since his parents were coffee growers, don Gustavo has been connected to the crops for as long as he can remember. Beginning as a picker he fell in love with these beautiful trees. During the time when the price of coffee dropped don Gustavo decided to move to the city searching for new opportunities. He worked as a driver at the Bogotá City Hall, and as his wife Miriam he got his pension from the National District Secretary.

After his retirement, don Gustavo decided to return to his roots and dedicate the rest of his days to the lands which gave him everything. With the coffee price still quite low and no help offered by the national coffee federation, don Gustavo decided to plant avocado and cane. It wasn’t until after the emergence of La Palma y El Tucán that he could return to his true passion, coffee. For don Gustavo his plants are the most important thing, he loves to take care of them and watch them grow beautiful and disease-free.

Don Gustavo has seven adult children, but only two of them, Deivi and John help him with the crops. They both help him planting the trees, while Deivi also handles the accounts for the farm. The other five work in the city and are not very interested in agriculture.