Colombia Las Garzas Natural

Orange, brandy, grilled pineapple, soy sauce, perfumed
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Bag Weight 70 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2022/23
Status Spot
Lot Number P8002234-1
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About This Coffee

This special natural processed lot is from Azahar Coffee Company and their partner farmers in Gaitania, in Planadas, south Tolima. These farmers, most of whom continue a family tradition of coffee cultivation, are based at elevations up between 1,700 and 2,000masl and grow the varieties of Colombia, Castillo and Caturra.

For this natural process, th cherries are fermented for 38 hours, then dried for eight days on raised African beds under canopy.

Origin Colombia
Subregion Planadas, Tolima
Harvest Season 2022/23
Producer Type Small Holder Farmers
Processing Natural/Dry Processed
Growing Altitude 1700m - 2000m
Plant Species Arabica
Variety Castillo, Caturra, Colombia
Coffee Grade COL CA WA EXCO EP10
Screen Size 15 Up
Bag Weight 70 KG BAG
Bag Types Grain Pro / Ecotact

The Region

Located 331 kilometers from the capital city of Bogotá, in the southern part of Tolima, Gaitania boasts altitudes that range from 1,400 m.a.s.l at the town center, all the way up to 5,355 m.a.s.l. 50% of the Nevado de Huila, is actually found in Gaitania and as the third tallest mountain in Colombia, surpassed only by the Colón and Bolivar peaks in the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta, this is a great source of pride as well as of water for the surrounding region. Today, the strength of the regional economy comes from Gaitania’s coffee production, but during the pricing crisis of the 90s, many coffee farmers found themselves planting opium poppy, a crop that brought more hardship to the area. The “fever” for this crop died down after five years and the coffee producers of Gaitania returned to growing their preferred crop. We are happy to support coffee production in the region. 

History of Coffee in Colombia

As with many coffee origins, it is believed that coffee was first brought to Colombia by priests, arriving, perhaps, within a decade or two after coffee first came to the Americas via the Caribbean in the first half of the 17th century. It was likely a garden crop grown for local consumption and barter for decades. Unlike other coffee regions, we have the story of a priest named Francisco Romero, who could be called the father of commercial coffee cultivation in Colombia. The folkloric tale goes that in the early 1800’s, Father Francisco, hearing confessions in the north eastern town of Salazar de la Palmas, assigned planting coffee to his parishioners as penance for their sins. The Archbishop of Colombia heard about this and ordered all priests to adopt the practice. Commercial production of coffee expanded quickly, moving into regions where the growing conditions were ideal. 

  • Subregion Planadas, Tolima
  • Producer Type Small Holder Farmers
  • Processing Natural/Dry Processed
  • Bag Types Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety Castillo, Caturra, Colombia
  • Min Growing Altitude 1700m
  • Max Growing Altitude 2000m
  • Screen Size 15 Up
  • On Sale No
  • Top Lot Yes
  • Price Per Kg £10.40
  • Status Spot
  • Coffee Grade COL CA WA EXCO EP10
  • CTRM Contract Number P8002234-1
  • Origin Colombia
  • Warehouse Vollers Group Uk