COLOMBIA ARCENIO HERNANDEZ
Farm: Finca Los Piños
Region: La Plata, Huila
Process: washed, sun dried
Tasting Notes: pineapple, panela, starfruit
Several members of the Tangara producer group banded together around advanced farm management (including an interest in new varietals), processing (such as precisely monitored extended fermentation and two-phase drying) and the environment (blending subsistence crops with sustainable agroforestry). The combination of these practices, with a pinch of pride, brings a crystal clear complexity to their coffees. These producers are now exporting fully traceable and price transparent coffee via Cedro Alto and importing via Crop to Cup. We are super excited about this new partnership between two businesses we've been working with for many years, and will continue working with this producer group for years to come!
This particular lot is from a new member to the Cedro Alto group, Arcenio Hernandez. His coffee stood out to us on the cupping table and we decided to take the leap - this one has a very tropical fruit forward cup; it's bright, sweet, and clean.
More words about the context in Colombia from Crop to Cup:
"Colombia and coffee are nearly synonymous. For decades, US specialty has looked to Colombia to source the entire spectrum of coffees, from all-day approachable blenders to unique and experimental competition lots. This range speaks to the diversity to be found within Colombia - diversity in climate, coffee, and culture. Colombia harvests coffee nearly year-round from the northern mountain ranges in the Sierra Nevada to the Rezuardos in the South. Some farmers negotiate directly with roasters on cup scores and track international prices. Others come from remote communities and sell to the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC) – a setter of standards and buyer of last resort for communities that have access to no other customer. It can be most fulfilling to comb through collections and drill down past the bodega level. All that is possible within a single collection can often be scaled up if you just ask, that is if you find the right partners who care to listen. Earning trust, calibrating on coffee, and getting into a good cadence for communication are more important here than in other parts of the world."