Colombia Liliana Gembuel Paja

Syrupy with notes of blueberry and pomelo fruit, followed by a lingering sweet finish.

Origin: Finca El Ranchito, Jambalo, Cauca, Colombia.
Process: Washed.
Elelvations: 2100 metres above sea level.
Varietal: Castillo.

This microlot has achieved 11th place in the Café Imports Colombia Best Cup competition held in late 2022. It comes from a small farm, Finca El Ranchito, that is situated in Jambaló municipality in the north-eastern department of Cauca.

The farm is owned and run by Liliana Gembuel Paja and her family.  Over 20 people from the nearby village are employed at El Ranchito during harvest season. The cherries are handpicked, sorted and stored in a tank overnight. The following morning, cherries are depulped and subsequently fermented. The coffee is then washed, sorted again and dried for 20 days in a parabolic drier.   

In the words of Liliana, "I live with my husband in Jambaló. We both work in coffee production and we do social work with the community. We have a daughter who is committed to her studies. The farm is an inheritance from my mother, she lives here with my younger brother. Each of us have land to produce coffee. My husband and I began growing coffee twelve years ago, and since then we have been improving to the point of entering the specialty coffee market five years ago. We have very good weather conditions and we are very motivated by what we do."

Collections: Coffee