Sugar Candy Blend
ABOUT THE PRODUCERS:
La Cristalina is a family farm of around 15 ha, located in Quindío, that has been in the Grajales family for more than 100 years. The farm is in the western central region of the country, crossed by the Andes. The Quindío department is a mountainous area covered in tropical rainforest and Guadua bamboo forests. The ground is enriched with ancient volcanic eruptions, accounting for its fertility. There are numerous rivers and streams, including the Quindío River, which rises in the Cocora Valley. Maria Mercedes Grajales, the farm's current owner, is a fifth-generation farmer. La Cristalina’s main crop is coffee, predominantly the Castillo variety. It also has plantain, mandarin and orange trees. 5 hectares of the farm are covered by shade from the Nogal cafetero tree.
The cherries get hand-sorted at picking and later sorted during the floating process and during the drying time. The final selection is at the milling where the coffee is selected by screen size and defects. At the milling, the final selection stage is made by hand, because the machinery is not sufficiently accurate in the selection.
Khalid‘s farm has a long history: it belonged to his father who inherited it from his father too. At the time it was a small coffee plantation with wild coffee plants sourced from the Clochè forest. Many legends tell that this forest was the birthplace of Ethiopian coffee and we like to think that too!
Khalid and his brother are really attached to this farm and they take care of these special plants, the legacy of a traditional coffee family.
Echemo farm, which extends now over 35 hectares, is the result of the effort of generations. Today the farm counts 25 African beds, 6 of them reserved exclusively for the honey process and coffee nursery for new plants.