Finca El Cedro – Familia Cuchimba
Tomas, aged 34, bought his first farm, El Níspero when he was just 25 years old. Containing just 1 hectare of Typica and located some 500 meters away, Tomas has been farming the same lot for over a decade, honing his craft and using his 1 hectare to produce a fantastic cup. More recently, Tomas has inherited a second 2-hectare farm from his grandparents, El Cedro. Situated at over 1850 masl, Tomas’ lot is made up of local varieties, Typica, Red Caturra & Bourbon; all of which thrive at high altitudes. This year, Tomas has also begun renovating a small section of the farm to include Yellow Caturra. This drive to improve quality with new varietals in one shared and promoted by the association. Alpes Andinos believing that producing great quality leads to producer empowerment and wider benefits for all coffee families.
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.