Colombia El Tambo
Region: El Tambo, Cauca
Altitude: 1850 - 1900 masl
Farm: Various smallholder farmer member of ASMUCAFE
Filter/Espresso: We recommend this coffee to be used in an Espresso Machine / Stovetop / Bean to Cup
In The Cup: Expect a big maple syrup sticky body, with subtle notes of prune, fig and dark cocoa to finish. Reminds us of cherry cola!
This is a classic and balanced coffee, like a great Colombian coffee should be.
ASMUCAFE stands for Asociación de Mujeres Agropecuarias de Uribe, and is an organization of women farmers and landowners that are in El Tambo, a municipality within Cauca.
As an association. their mission is to improve their families' quality of life through coffee farming, contributing positively to their community by working together and sharing resources, knowledge, and support. "Our work is determined by our values such as responsibility, honesty, commitment, respect, solidarity, and competitiveness," they say.
The coffee, all of which is of Castillo or Colombia variety, is picked as purple (Castillo) or bright red (Colombia) cherry, and undergoes a somewhat unusual "double" fermentation process, as the women describe it: First, the cherries are left in the loading hoppers for 14 hours, then they are depulped in the afternoons and evening hours and placed into traditional open fermentation tanks for another 10 hours. Then they are washed three to four times before being dried either in parabolic dryers or in the sun for 8–12 days.