Finca Loma Linda is one of our newest 2017 microlot offerings that we’re debuting this summer. We’re very excited to connect you with grower Neftali Fernández Gómez, chief operator of his family’s estate where a mere 5 acres of farmland is dedicated exclusively to producing this very limited environmentally friendly coffee. The lot is 4C certified as a sustainable coffee and is grown under strict standards that have helped reduce environmental impact and increase profitability. A small portion of Castillo, Caturra and Colombia varietals are grown at an average of 5,800 feet elevation, then washed and patio dried. The farm itself is located in close proximity to the nearby capital city of Santiago de Cali, founded in 1536 and currently home to over 2.4 million residents, making it the most populous city in the Valle del Cauca department. The cup has a great aroma, good acity, good creamy body and a nice snap. It’s accented by notes of tangerine and orange-citrus with a sweet caramel accent and finish. The main harvest runs from April to May, followed by a mitaca harvest in October to November.
Valle del Cauca is bordered by the neighboring departments of Risaralda and Quindío in the north, Tolima and Chocó to the west and Cauca to the south. The region as a whole resides within the Cauca river valley, surrounded by dense jungle forests and a large portion of the Andean mountain range to the west which shields the valley from Pacific winds and dense, humid jungles on the other side of its peaks. Of the surrounding areas, the Cauca River valley is considered the most fertile in this part of the country.
A massive portion of the western Andes is protected reserve and part of the vast, Parque Nacional Natural Farallones de Cali, established in 1968. Within its boundaries, this 500,000+ acre reserve protects 4 distinct ecosystems, broken up by elevation into sub-Andean valley forest (200-1200m), dense Andean forest (1200-2000m), high elevation forest (2000-3500m) and the moors which reach to the very peaks at 3500m and above. The water flows from these peaks, in particular those flowing to the East, supply both drinking water and hydro-electricity to several regional municipalities, including Cali. The area is also home to numerous indigenous peoples and a multitude of large shade trees such as palm, ficus and rubber. The high humidity combined with a pristine soil-type known locally as “Chinchiná Unity Soil” and an average annual rainfall of roughly 118 inches per year make this an overall excellent locale for producing high quality arabica.
Here at Vournas Coffee Trading we have been lifelong supporters of environmentally friendly, sustainable coffee ever since we shipped our very first pallet. As specialty coffee importers, we have never strayed from that commitment and it is our great pleasure to offer this 4C certified Colombian microlot, which conforms to a “Common Code for the Coffee Community.” 4C is a 27-point agreement that was developed with the assistance of coffee growers and farm holders worldwide. It’s guidelines codify specific economic, social and environmental standards for strengthening coffee growing communities while protecting the surrounding ecosystem. Included are also 10 specific unacceptable practices which must avoided. 4C certification is provided by FLOCERT who also provide Fair Trade certification through a hands-on auditing process at origin.
|Producer:||Neftali Fernández Gómez|
|Department:||Valle del Cauca|
|Variety:||Castillo, Caturra, Colombia|
|Processing:||Washed & Patio Dried|
|Altitude:||5,758 - 5,856 ft (1755- 1785m)|
|Harvest:||April - May, October - November|