Region: Gaitania, Tolima
Altitude: 1700 -1850 MASL
Co-op: Paéz Community ASCISP (Asoc. de Caficultores Indígenas de San Pedro)
Varietals: Caturra & Typica
Settled high in the Central Colombia Andes mountains of Tolima, with the spectacular mountain backdrop of “los Nevados”, we discovered a coffee paradise. This is where the Páez indigenous people escaped the Spanish invasion in the early 1500’s and have made their homes for around 400 years.
The Hamlets of San Pedro and La Bella still fall well within the troubled red zone of Colombia, but our visits have been so worthwhile. We have met and worked with these wonderful people, and have experienced their lifestyle first hand, and their passion and pride for producing some of Colombia’s finest single origin coffees.
San Pedro and La Bella host over 1500 small farms, all above an altitude from 1700 to over 2200 meters, and from 1 to 6 hectares each. The coffees grown are Heirloom Typica, Bourbon and Caturra. Some of the plants are over 80 years old, fully organic, sustainable and environmentally protected. The area has recently been certified Organic by Mayacert and USDA. This altitude is where the real high-quality Specialties are found; the earth here is enriched by the volcanic soils, and numerous fresh mountain streams. The coffees are rich in flavour, with notes of red fruits, herbs, citric and lemon. They are deep & intense with chocolate and sugar cane notes, full bodied, and wonderfully balanced, excellent acidity and an amazing after taste.