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Aldemar Pillimue, Las Cascadas

Hailing from the sub-municipality of San Antonio, the name Pillimue is dotted throughout the region. The family are well known and held in high regard by coffee growers in Inza, Cauca, when it comes to producing excellent quality coffee.

Located in the east of the Department Cauca, the municipality of Inzá borders Tolima and Huila; as well as looking out over the Pacific Ocean to the west. Here, at close to 2000 masl, the town of San Antonio is situated in the “Macizo Colombiano” (the Colombian Plateau), contributing to some of the highest peaks in Tolima and Huila. Cauca’s violent past, with a heavy presence of FARC guerrillas, had historically prevented the FNC (Colombia’s excellent national coffee board) and specialty-focused exporters from establishing a presence in the region. As violence has diminished, it has enabled the growers in the region to seek increased access to markets for quality, not only taking advantage of the region’s wonderful coffee-growing conditions but also the economic resource that nearby tourist destinations bring for instance, the World Heritage Site “Parque Nacional Arqueológico de Tierradentro”.

  • Farm Aldemar Pillimue, Las Cascadas
  • Varietal Caturra, Colombia, Tabi
  • Process Fully washed
  • Altitude 1,950 meters above sea level
  • Town / City San Antonio
  • Region Inzá, Cauca
  • Owner Aldemar Pillimue
  • Tasting Notes Hibiscus, strawberry, raspberry
  • Farm Size 2 hectares
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Aldemar Pillimue, Las Cascadas

In recent years, our export partner, Pergamino, has launched a new project with the Pillimue family (not Aldemar and Leonor!), specifically in the region of Cauca. In order to offer upmarket access more widely in the region and to put more control in the hands of local people, the family (who has long supplied coffee to Pergamino from their various family member farms) has opened a small warehouse and cupping lab with funding from Pergamino. They act as logistics and sourcing partners and are able to provide quality assessment services for nearly 150 families in the area, which is far more impactful than any other regional association, reaching not just San Antonio, but now also the towns of Belen, La Palmera, Aguablanca, Pedregal, Palmichal, San Jose and Santa Teresa. Most importantly, the Pillimue/Pergamino partnership enables more families than ever before to access higher prices by placing coffee on the speciality market.

About Colombia

Colombia is the third largest coffee-producing country in the world, and thanks to its vast array of unique microclimate, are able to have harvests throughout the year.

Commercial coffee cultivation began in the mid-1830s and spread so rapidly that throughout the twentieth century coffee already became the country’s leading export. A mountainous topography and many tropical micro-climates contribute greatly to Colombia’s reputation for ideal growing conditions, which – in turn – have helped Colombia establish itself as a recognisable origin around the world.

The diversity of coffee and profiles found across Colombia is enormous and coffee is harvested practically year-round depending on the region. The main harvest takes place from October to February with November and December being the peak months. There is also a second fly (or ‘mitaca’) crop several months later, again varying by region and microclimate.