Neftali is also a respected producer in this town, with exceptional knowledge on cultivating and processing exceptional coffee. He is constantly experimenting and searching for new ways to improve the quality of his coffee.
After he handpicks his coffee, Neftali de-pulps the cherries and carefully washes the beans. They then undergo a mixed fermentation for two days before being dried on raised beds in the open sun.
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.