Welcoming back for the third year, a sweet & fruity Caturra variety coffee produced by Fernando Trujillo in Colombia’s Huila region.
Fernando has spent most of his life working in coffee. After finishing his early education at 13 he began his career in coffee production, inheriting a small plot of land from his father to begin planting out, and it has slowly grown and developed over the last 30 years.
His plot, Finca Los Altares, is situated at 1,800 metres and is planted out with varieties typical to the region: Castillo Tambo, Caturra and Variedad Colombia. He is very proud of how coffee has sustained and provided for growers in the Tarqui region of Colombia.
When we first visited Finca Los Altares, it became evident just how Fernando and his family are turning out such beautiful coffees. The attention to detail and cleanliness of all of the harvesting and processing equipment was admirable. Juan Fernando, Fernando’s then 5-year-old son, led the way through the farm, calling at us to keep up. The farm is separated into distinct blocks by the different varieties he is growing, enabling selective picking of single varieties.
The cherries are handpicked in multiple passes before they are floated and depulped. After 20-25 hours of submerged fermentation, the coffee is washed, and floaters and damaged cherries are separated. The coffees are rinsed in clean water before being sent to the parabolic dryers.
The Project & Exporter
It is through a project initiated by Nordic Approach and Coocentral that we have been able to buy Fernando’s coffee for multiple seasons. Over the last 8 years Fernando has delivered coffee to Coocentral where the lots are cupped and assessed on a quality basis to ensure premium payments are attained for higher scoring coffees. He is one of many members who have actively increased their quality and production volumes thanks to the technical assistance from the coop. Of nearly 4,000 members just over 2,000 are actively delivering their fully dried, parchment coffee to Coocentral’s many purchasing stations located across various micro-regions (known as veredas) within Huila, including Gigante, Garzon, Suaza, El Pital, Agrado, Guadalupe, and Tarqui.
As well as offering premium payments to their contributing members Coocentral support their growers in many other ways. They have contributed nearly $3,000,000 since 2005, including paying for members’ and their families’ university education, healthcare, insurance & pensions, building infrastructure on farms as well as housing, and secondary bonuses for farmers purchasing fertiliser through the group.
We’re thrilled to be roasting Fernando’s coffee once again and continuing to support the program being fulfilled by Coocentral, which supports farmers in such a rich, holistic fashion.
Tarqui, Huila, Colombia
Deeply sweet and moreish, like milk chocolate flecked with nougat, we’re picking up on yellow plum & butterscotch flavours leading to a fresh pear finish.