Colombia Seleccion Planadas Organic

Red fruits, apple, chocolate, pine nuts
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Bag Weight 70 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2020/21
Status Spot
Lot Number P8001773-2
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About This Coffee

This washed lot is made up from 1,042 small organic growers organised into 23 farmer groups in the subregion of Planadas, South Tolima. These farmers, most of whom continue a family tradition of coffee cultivation, are based at elevations up to 2,050masl and grow the varieties of Colombia, Castillo and Caturra.

Origin Colombia
Subregion Planadas, South Tolima
Harvest Season 2020/21
Producer Type Small Holder Farmers
Processing Washed
Growing Altitude 1600m - 2000m
Plant Species Arabica
Variety Castillo, Caturra, Colombia
Coffee Grade COL CA WA EXCO EP10
Screen Size 15 Up
Certifications Organic certified
Bag Weight 70 KG BAG
Bag Types Grain Pro / Ecotact

The Region

Planadas is located on the southern tip of the department of Tolima, close to borders with Huila and Cauca. Situated in the foothills of the central mountain range of the Colombian Andes, the region benefits from excellent altitudes, cool temperatures, plentiful sunshine and rain, and rich volcanic soils.

Coffee farmers in Tolima are dedicated and traditional. In some areas, their infrastructure is not as developed as in other regions because of the history of conflict. This is the region where FARC guerrilla originated and therefore, communities all across Tolima experienced the cruelest years of conflict in Colombia. As a result, and despite exceptional growing conditions, many farmers were previously isolated from access to extension services, agri-inputs and thriving markets for their coffee. 

To process this coffee, organically grown cherries are selected, de-pupled and fermented to break down the mucilage. The coffee is then thoroughly washed and dried in a parabolic greenhouse for between 10 and 18 days, depending on the climatic conditions. 

History of Coffee in Colombia

As with many coffee origins, it is believed that coffee was first brought to Colombia by priests, arriving, perhaps, within a decade or two after coffee first came to the Americas via the Caribbean in the first half of the 17th century. It was likely a garden crop grown for local consumption and barter for decades. Unlike other coffee regions, we have the story of a priest named Francisco Romero, who could be called the father of commercial coffee cultivation in Colombia. The folkloric tale goes that in the early 1800’s, Father Francisco, hearing confessions in the north eastern town of Salazar de la Palmas, assigned planting coffee to his parishioners as penance for their sins. The Archbishop of Colombia heard about this and ordered all priests to adopt the practice. Commercial production of coffee expanded quickly, moving into regions where the growing conditions were ideal. 

  • Subregion Planadas, South Tolima
  • Producer Type Small Holder Farmers
  • Processing Washed
  • Bag Types Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety Castillo, Caturra, Colombia
  • Min Growing Altitude 1600m
  • Max Growing Altitude 2000m
  • Screen Size 15 Up
  • On Sale Yes
  • Top Lot No
  • Price Per Kg €7.50
  • Status Spot
  • Certifications Organic certified
  • Coffee Grade COL CA WA EXCO EP10
  • CTRM Contract Number P8001773-2
  • Origin Colombia
  • Warehouse Vollers Hamburg