Coffee – Colombia La Lupa Estate
Altitude – 1660 masl
Location – Gaitania, Tolima
Preparation – Wet processed
Variety – Caturra
Harvest – March to June
Colombia La Lupa estate is an eight hectare farm with seven hectares set aside for coffee production. It is located in the town of Gaitania which is found in the municipality of Planadas, around 277km South of Tolima’s capital Ibague. It sits near to the border of Huila and has a population of around 10,000 people, the majority of which are smallholder coffee farmers.
Don Jonson Saul bought his farm, Colombia La Lupa, around 10 years ago from another coffee farming family. He wanted to be close to nature and places great importance on the ecological welfare of his farm and the local area. He is also a great believer in the potential that coffee holds to positively benefit his country’s economy.
The ripe cherries at Colombia La Lupa are hand picked and processed in his micro wet mill where it is pulped and fermented for between 18 and 24 hours before being washed. The washed beans are then dried in a parabolic dryer with the sides open to improve airflow – this process can take between 8 and 15 days. Once dry, the parchment beans are taken by truck or mule to the local collection point where the quality is assessed through green grading and cupping. The dry parchment coffee is then sent to the dry mill in Tolima rest before being milled, graded and packed into GrainPro bags for export.