Farm info

La Palma y El Tucan is a state-of-the art coffee farm in Zipacon, Cundinamarca. It was started by agronomists and professionals looking to create a model for sustainable coffee farming using biodynamic and permaculture practices. Through their Neighbors & Crops program, La Palma purchases coffee from more than 200 coffee growing families within a 10km radius of their farm. The coffee is processed at La Palma’s innovative mill using techniques that conserve water and recycle waste back into organic compost. The two main processes used for Neighbors & Crop lots are Lactic and Honey.

Lactic Processing

Lactic fermentation is classified as ‘Anaerobic’ as oxygen has minimal interaction with the coffee cherry. Once the cherries arrive at the mill, they are hand sorted and placed in sealed tanks. With no oxygen involved, bacteria feed on carbohydrates present in the mucilage favoring a higher concentration of lactic acid, creating a unique profile of the resulting cup.

Honey Processing

Honey processing begins with a pre-fermentation stage of 45 hours at the wet mill. From here, the cherries enter the depulping stage, passing through three stages of quality control before removing a percentage of the skin. During the drying stage, coffee rests in African-style raised beds for over 15 days. Due to the levels of sugar and moisture, the first days are crucial to avoid microbial activity prolongation. Finally, parchment coffee passes through the mechanical drying machines to complete the drying process.

2019-2020 Lots

This year, we have lots in New Jersey and Hamburg from coffee farming men, women, and families with farms in the towns of La Mesa, Cachipay, Villeta, Anatoli, and Zipacon. Contact your Account Manager to sample specific lots.

Region

Cundinamarca

Coffee has been integral to the economic development of the Cundniamarca department for more than a century. The area’s coffee is not just a crop; it is part of the social and cultural fabric of the region.

Cundinamarca’s coffee grows on the western slopes of the Eastern Andes range of Colombia. Here, coffee cultivations are notable for their biodiversity, integration into local ecosystems, and the commitment of the department’s coffee producers; these ingredients have contributed to the prevalence of shade coffee in Cundinamarca. Below a layer of native Andean flora, shade-grown coffee demonstrates the regional philosophy of conservation and environmental sustainability.

Cundinamarca’s coffee farms are planted across more than 43,000 hectares, 70% of which are sown beneath other tree species. The department surrounds the country’s capital city of Bogota, with its more than 10 million inhabitants in the city and sprawling metro area. Even though Cundinamarca’s farms are in such proximity to the country’s urban hub, they offer the contrast of aggressively preserving Colombia’s naturally diverse ecosystems.