Farm/Association: Paéz Community ASCISP (Asoc. de Caficultores Indígenas de San Pedro)
Region: Gaitania, Tolima
Varietals: Caturra & Typica
Cupping Notes: Apricot, raisin and sweet berry notes
Settling high in the Central Colombia Andes mountains of Tolima with the spectacular mountain backdrop of “los Nevados” we discovered a coffee paradise where the Páez indigenous people having escaped the Spanish invasion in the early 1500’s 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, meeting and working with these wonderful people, experiencing at first hand their lifestyle 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 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 terra enriched in volcanic soils, numerous fresh mountains streams. The coffees are rich in flavour, notes of red fruits, herbs, citric and lemon, deep in tense chocolate and panela, full bodied, and wonderfully balanced, excellent acidity, with an amazing after taste.
Coffees are all grown the artisanal way, fully washed and fermented up to 36 hours, sun dried, we only select the finest of the beans when ripe all are hand- selected, all our coffee cup 85 plus, have complete traceability and certified from each individual farm.
We are proud to work with the Páez; ensuring social and economic development, giving back and ensuring a future for all concerned.