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The Story -

La Palma y El Tucan is a groundbreaking coffee project located about two hours outside of Bogota. Here, they own 13 hectares of prime coffee-growing land, where they have planted four rare varieties, and house a state-of-the-art processing facility. It is from here that they run two exceptional projects.

The first is Estate & Varietals, where they produce four exotic and award-winning varieties of coffee from their own estate. These coffees are beautiful, elegant and very limited. You will find us using coffees from this project in competitions, and as a very limited release in our cafes and on our website.

The second project and they one that this coffee comes from is called Neighbours & Crops. Here, they work with around 60 small coffee producers from within 10km of La Palma. They work to train them in better picking practices, donate compost and coffee trees to them, and help them to ensure that they are growing the best possible coffee in the region. After this, La Palma buys the whole coffee cherries from them, at higher prices than fair trade minimums, and processes them in their unique lactic style. This particular coffee comes from one of their partner farms, La Montanita.

Nerdy Coffee Stuff -

This coffee was grown at an altitude of 1800m, and every evening a cool fog rolls in over the farm. This fog, combined with the high altitude, puts strain on the coffee plants that grow at La Montanita. This strain causes the coffee cherries to ripen more slowly, developing higher concentrations of sugar as they do, meaning loads of sweetness in our cup.  

Once only the ripest of coffee cherries are picked, they are brought to the wet mill. Here, they are immediately placed into containers and are sealed off from oxygen. They are left to ferment here for 60 hours, where, because of the anaerobic environment, lactic bacteria is created in the coffee. This bacteria eats away at the coffee mucilage, imbuing the seeds with its character. It is this bacteria that gives us such a lovely, creamy mouthfeel.

The team at La Palma y El Tucan out in so much work measuring absolutely every detail. It is through these measurements that they are able to continuously improve their coffee, and consistently create excellence.

Traceability -

We bought this coffee directly from La Palma y El Tucan, and Ally Coffee helped us bring it stateside. We paid $7.12 per pound for this coffee and cupped it at an 87.25

  • The commodity price of coffee when we bought this was $0.98

Brewing Information -

Filter Coffee - This coffee makes a delicious filter. It is very soluble though, so grind your coffee a little bit coarse than usual. We’ve been making this coffee on the V60 at a ratio of 1:15. This slightly stronger ratio highlights this coffee's incredible body. This gives us flavours of sweet caramel and malic acidity like an apple (think caramel covered apple!), sweet dates, pear, and honey. It’s a fantastic and sweet coffee!

Espresso - As espresso, this coffee can get a little bit overwhelmed by the big body! We’ve been pulling it with a 20g dose and a 45-48g yield. This lets the body shine, without overwhelming some of the more complex flavours you can find. We taste sticky dates and raisin, super super balanced malic acidity, honey and cherry. In milk, think poached pear!