Colombia washed Arabica Excelso EP Finca Los Alpes
|Unit of Measure||GrainPro bags of 70kg|
|Bag Type||Grain Pro|
|Producer||Finca Los Alpes|
Directly under the “Farallones del Citará” mountains and surrounded by the Cochuana forest you will find this wonderful piece of land called Finca Los Alpes. Despite its unique topography, the farm is only a short drive from Bolivar in the Medellín department of Colombia.
The finca is located on an altitude around 1,650 to 1,950 masl and magically protected by clouds. The massive mountains provide a unique microclimate: from the western side humid air-streams are coming from the Pacific Ocean while on the eastern side there are hot air-currents climbing up the slopes from the Cauca River Canyon. This special climate enables the coffee tree to produce coffee all year round as it provides two very balanced rainy seasons per year. Therefore, the trees produce flowers and then cherries twice a year. Several creeks, rivers and waterfalls are coming directly from the mountains providing abundant irrigation.
Finca Los Alpes was established in 1974 and today 100 hectares are under coffee (100% Caturra) while the rest of the farm is naturally preserved. Doña Elvia and Don Juan Arboleda manage the finca together with their children Juan Alvaro and Olga. The farm has its own wet mill and after depulping the fermentation process starts and lasts between 15 to 19 hours - depending on the relative humidity. After thoroughly washing the coffee the drying process begins lasting up to seven days.
This Excelso EP from the Finca Los Alpes usually comes with pleasant notes of sweet milk chocolate, a light fruity acidity and hints of nuts.
Historically, Colombia has been shattered by various periods of violence and setbacks. However, in the past 20 years, Colombia has leaped to becoming an economic powerhouse in Latin America. On the quest for distinguished coffees, you simply cannot miss Colombia. Its quality reputation stems from hard work and excellent terrain.
Colombia's natural beauty stems from its extreme diversity: two oceans, snow-peaked mountains and glaciers, endless deserts as well as the Amazon basin are found in this unique South American gem. The west of the country is dominated by three Andes mountain ranges, called the Cordilleras.
Due to their proximity to the equator, several microclimates are formed within these mountain ranges. Add to that altitude ranges from 800 to 2,200 meters, and you will start to realize why Colombian coffees are so diverse.
|COFFEE REGIONS||Huila, Antioquia, Quindio, Risaralda, Caldas, Tolima, Cauca, Valle del Cauca, Santander, Cundinamarca, Narino, Sierra Nevada|
|COFFEE ALTITUDES||900 – 2,300 masl.|
|VARIETIES||Typica, Caturra, Castillo|
|HARVEST PERIOD||Sep – Dec (Main Crop), Mch – Jun (Fly Crop / Mitaca)|
|COFFEE FARMS||Smallholders and plantations|
|AVERAGE FARM SIZE||0.5 – 5.5 ha|
|YEARLY PRODUCTION (IN 60KG BAGS)||14,100,000|