Farm/Washing Station: La Cristalina
Variety: Pink Bourbon
Elevation: 5,000 ft
relational trade via https://www.allycoffee.com
A note from our importer:
Finca La Cristalina is located in Vereda Bajo Español, in the municipality of Chinchina. Its 21 hectares reach between 1460 and 1790 meters above sea level, with 4.1 hectares dedicated to an environmental reserve. The three Valdes family farms—Parana, La Cristalina, and San Pablo—are highly technified properties all maintained under Luis’ umbrella company Café Cuatro Generaciones. Named for the four generations of his family that have been involved in coffee production now, the three farms maintain admirable levels of production thanks to their combined total of 421,000 trees, 142,000 of which grow on Finca La Cristalina.
Finca La Cristalina maintains a focus on the environment and supporting biodiversity. Coffee is washed and depulped at the ecological mill, where coffee pulp is placed into compost treatment and is converted to organic fertilizer for the coffee trees. La Cristalina also uses various types of trees to shade the coffee plants. Many of these tree species—including walnut, red cedar, and guava—act as habitats for many types of birds around the farm. They also plant black cedar trees, a tree at risk of extinction, from its own nursery on the farm.
This Pink Bourbon coffee underwent Natural processing. Cherries were harvested at peak ripeness, indicated by the coloration of the cherries between pink and orange hues. The coffee was fermented in cherry for up to 30 hours at room temperature before being taken to the drying area. The coffee is dried here at low temperature for up to 50 days, finally being stabilized at a humidity of 15%. Drying is completed at the time of sale.