Farm/Association: Paéz Community ASCISP (Asoc. de Caficultores Indígenas de San Pedro)
Region: Gaitania, Tolima
Varietals: Caturra & Typica
Tasting Notes: Apricot, raisin and sweet berry notes
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 terra 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, deep intense chocolate and panela, full bodied, and wonderfully balanced, excellent acidity, with an amazing after taste.
The coffee is grown the artisanal way. It is fully washed and fermented for up to 36 hours, it is sun dried, and only the finest beans are hand- selected. All of our coffees cup 85 plus, and we have complete traceability and certification from each individual farm.
We are proud to work with the Páez community; ensuring social and economic development, giving back and ensuring a future for all concerned.