Colombia La Palma y El Tucán*Rothrock Retail
*RELATIONSHIP LOT - Neighbors & Crops
We taste flavor notes of: Tropical Fruit, Key Lime, Chocolate
This coffee comes to us from La Palma y El Tucán as part of their Neighbors & Crops program, an initiative that was designed to bolster the caliber of coffee coming from the region, as well as improve the quality of life for local producers.
The operators of La Palma purchase coffee from over 200 families within a 10 kilometer radius of the farm, and process that coffee using their state of the art wet mill. In order to maintain more ubiquitous and consistent flavor profiles from these community style lots, scientists at La Palma developed techniques that allow them to better manage the fermentation stage of coffee processing.
In addition to controlling the process, La Palma has taken other measures that help maintain the quality of Neighbors & Crops coffees. During peak harvest periods, they transport highly trained cherry pickers to their partner farms. This provides huge cost- (and time-) savings for the farmers, and it allows the staff at La Palma to better monitor which cherries will be transported back to the mill for processing.
Additionally, La Palma provides neighbor farms with organically composted fertilizers. Quality fertilizer keeps coffee trees healthy, resulting in consistently high quality cherries. This creates yet another win-win scenario: farmers earn more from each plant they cultivate, and La Palma establishes another environmental factor that will help produce coffees with the same attributes.