- Green Apple, Prune & Hazelnut
This Colombian coffee boasts both sweetness and pleasing acidity. Sweet green apple is a main component in this coffee, with prune in the cup, pleasing muscovado sugar and hazelnut sweetness to balance it out.
Processing green coffee beans requires fermentation to produce desirable flavours and allow it to be stored without spoiling. There are two main ways to ferment coffee, either with water which we called washed (or wet) processing or without water called natural (dry) processing. Once ripe cherries are picked, pulping them in a wet mill removes the skin, and fermentation processes the remaining mucilage on the bean.
Traditionally, washed coffee is picked and within 8 hours the cherries are floated in water (and unwanted components are scooped from the top), and then pulped. Then the beans will be washed in water for around 12 - 36 hours and dried in the sun on patios for around a week.
Natural processing involves none of these steps, traditionally the full cherry is dried in the sun for around a week, then the dried skin is removed.
- Colombia, Central America
Colombia Tolima is sourced from small lot family-owned farms organised around Asociación de Productores de Café Especial La Orquídea (ASOPROCAFEES). This Co-op is a producer association with 59 member families who live in the community of La Orquídea in the department of Tolima, Colombia.
ASOPROCAFEES assists its members to improve coffee quality using sustainable organic agricultural practices and obtains better prices for specialty coffee, which enables members to reinvest in their farms and provide for their families.