Finca La Palma y El Tucán is located the Cundinamarca region in Colombia, on the eastern range of the Colombian Andes Mountains. Though it is only about an hour and a half from Bogota, it features very unique micro-climates that allow for great biodiversity and unique ecosystems, with ideal conditions for specialty coffee growing.
Neighbors & Crops
In 2013 our friends Carlos, Elisa and Felipe, founders of La Palma y El Tucán, developed a plan to work with their neighbors to create a sustainable relationship model. They named the program Neighbors & Crops and have identified more than 200 coffee producers within a 10 km radius to take part. La Palma y El Tucan buys the coffee cherries from these neighbors, provide training for exceptional harvesting, and experiment with different processing methods in search of the perfect cup.
The plan was to select and train specific pickers in high quality coffee harvesting methods. They would then work with the neighbors to select, pick, and buy the cherry. These families are paid 50% more than the country average for their coffee cherry, as well as given additional coffee trees grown at the La Palma y El Tucán nursery.
The farm also specializes in state-of-the-art and experimental milling, processing the coffee cherry very carefully, documenting each step, and cupping each lot after it’s been dried on raised beds. The goal is to produce the highest quality lots for exportation to select roasters around the world.
The Neighbors & Crops program has produced some very special results this year and we are happy to be the first in the United States to offer you this coffee.
Estate & Varietals
Now the exciting part of this new farm is that they’ve planted many different varieties of coffee that will be harvesting in the next couple of years. Last May, when Maritza and I toured the farm, they showed us Geisha, SL28, Bourbon, Caturra, and several other varieties that they have planted at excellent altitudes and unique micro-climates.
We have already contracted with La Palma y El Tucan to be the first to purchase the SL28 variety on it’s first harvest in 2015/2016. It may be a couple years away, but we are honored and very excited to be partnering with this outstanding, quality oriented farm that is leading specialty coffee into the future.
Traveling to origin is one of many unique privileges within the specialty coffee industry. The opportunity to work along side respected coffee producers is always a learning experience, and we’ve crafted these trip reports to keep you in the loop.
2014 Trip Report