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Notes: Brown sugar, dark chocolate, blackberries
Coffee Story: This coffee comes from around 40 smallholder farms that are situated near the villages of China Alta and San Juan de la China, which is in the municipality of Ibagué in the region of Tolima in Colombia.
The farms that contributed to this lot are small – around 3 hectares in size – and are located at 1,850m above sea level. They farm traditionally, and grow a mix of Caturra, Colombia and Castillo coffee varieties. Fertilisation occurs around three times a year, usually after manual weeding, and pesticides are rarely used. The coffee is selectively hand harvested, with most labour being provided by the farmers and their families.
Coffee from Tolima has historically been very difficult to access due to the region’s isolation and instability. For many years this part of Colombia was under the control of Colombia’s notorious rebel group, the FARC, and as a result it was unsafe and violent. Since 2012, safe access to this region has been possible as a result of peace talks between the Colombian government and the rebels. Since this time some stunning coffees from small producers have become accessible.
The word ‘Tolima’ comes from the local indigenous language and means a “river of snow or cloud”. The region sits on the Cordillera Central, in the middle of the three mountain ranges that provide a range of microclimates well-suited to high quality coffee production. Coffee is the leading agricultural activity in the region, followed by beans and cattle.
This coffee will be roasted fresh for you. Monastery will roast your coffee on Wednesday and dispatch on Thursday/Friday.