Producer: Alvaro Ovalle
Farm: El Recuerdo via La Palma y El Tucán
Altitude: 5300 feet
Process: Lactic Fermentation
Notes: Poached Pears, Watermelon, Fruit Punch Candy
Part of La Palma y El Tucán’s Neighbors and Crops program, this coffee comes from Finca El Recuerdo, owned by producer Alvaro Ovalle. The program is designed to offer farmers near La Palma y El Tucán benefits that incentivize them to grow better coffee and commit to the highest quality standards possible. By establishing this program they are revitalizing the coffee culture in the Cundinamarca region of Colombia.
With the help of the La Palma picking team, only the ripest cherries from El Recuerdo are harvested and brought to the mill at La Palma y El Tucán. This coffee goes through a special lactic fermentation which imparts a spectacularly fruity and sweet flavor profile.
From La Palma y El Tucán about Lactic Fermentation:
“Through this process, our team attempts to achieve a higher concentration of lactic acid bacteria during the fermentation processes by focusing on anaerobic methods. This type of bacteria produces lactic acid as a result of the mucilage´s carbohydrate fermentation, which in turn contributes to the organoleptic profile of the resulting cup.”
You can read more about La Palma y El Tucán’s experiments in controlled fermentation in this excellent article by C. Arevalo for Perfect Daily Grind.
This lightly roasted coffee features a fruity, candy-like aroma. When brewed its body is creamy, with notes of poached pears, a watermelon sweetness, and bright acidity. The finish is sweet with a flavor of purple grape and fruit punch candy.