LAS PERLITAS. KOLUMBIEN.
LAS PERLITAS. KOLUMBIEN. HUILA. SANTA MARIA STATION.
ESPRESSO Siebträger / Schraubkanne / Vollautomat / AeropressWir schmecken:
We taste: COCOA. MORELLO CHERRIES. WALNUT.
Ein Medium-Espresso: nicht zu dunkel und nicht zu hell geröstet. Der Las Perlitas ist ein nussiger Espresso und trotzdem fruchtig mit angenehmer Säure. Auch als Cappuccino überzeugt er mit super Süße und Balance.
Aufbereitung / processing : washed
Varietät / variety : Caturra. Castillo. Colombia. Typica
Anbauhöhe / height : 1750m - 2100m
FOB: $ 2,59/lb
Farmgate Price: € 3,87/kg
Händler / Importer: The Coffee Quest, NL
THE COFFEE QUEST'S STORY
The region around Santa Maria in Huila has been a stronghold for guerrillas during the 60-year conflict that ended recently, making the town virtually inaccessible for several decades. The civilian population suffered tremendously from the conflict, always being in the middle between the warring parties (guerrilla, para-military groups and the army). Only during the start of the peace negotiations around in 2012, the FARC pulled out and the town opened up for outside influence and economic development. In 2018, The Coffee Quest set out to guarantee a more stable income for the group and other farmers around Santa Maria. The chosen method was setting up a station in the centre of town. The station fully focused on specialty purchases in the region and functions as a foothold within the local community.
In short: The Coffee Quest Colombia took the traditional buying station model, adding the element of Education and a Coffee Laboratory space. The idea is to provide access to the specialty market to smallholder farmers. By incorporating sensorial characteristics into the buying decision, next to looking at the physical aspects of the coffee beans.
Objective: Paying for quality using well-communicated and transparent pricing,. This is an excellent step towards better living income for producers by providing access to the market for quality coffee. The station, that has a cupping lab “manned” by Tatjana and Alberto, and has already become a popular meeting place for the members of the group and many other farmers. From 2017 to 2020 we have grown from 30 to over 200 farmers delivering coffee to the station, purchasing about 6 times more than in the first year. The improvements would not have been possible without the many roasting clients that have shown interest in supporting the developments in Santa Maria station.