• Café de Paz Coffee •
Why We Picked It: El Puente is named for the footbridge over the river near the new El Puente processing facility for coffee from Aromas del Sur farms in the Palestina region of southern Huila, Colombia. Rodrigo Sanchez and his family produce coffee on their farms and deliver it to El Puente central mill, which is designed to handle larger volumes of coffee than the mills on individual farms can process. El Puente is a pilot project that is supported by community investment in the sustainable development of rural areas.
"El Puente," translating to "The Bridge," provides the support for this community and the farmers who depend on the iconic local bridge for which this facility is named after. Bridges and footpaths, like El Puente's iconic bridge, provide many people around the world with the ability to grow their livelihoods, commute from place to place, and create a prosperous life for themselves and their communities. For each bag purchased, $1 of Café de Paz proceeds will go to the nonprofit Bridges to Prosperity. Your purchase benefits isolated communities by helping to create access to essential health care, education and economic opportunities by building footbridges over impassable rivers.
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- This lot of El Puente is Honey processed, beginning with a 24-hour fermentation in cherry in the coffee harvest sacks. Next, floaters are removed and the remaining healthy coffee cherries are depulped to separate the seed from the fruity outer skin of the cherry. Coffee dry ferments in an open tank for another 24 hours before being transferred to the solar dryer for 3-5 days. The remaining mucilage left on the beans during the fermentation and drying stages adds sweetness to the final cup. The drying process is completed in a mechanical dryer at a maximum temperature of 35° C until reaching 10.5-11% humidity.
- Tasting Notes: Berry, brown sugar, caramel, and floral. Full-bodied with a nice balance.
- How to Brew: Coffee dripper, French Press, V60
- We Roasted: Medium roasting to allow sweet flavor notes to blossom, beautifully balancing with floral hints, creating a flavorful and full-bodied cup.
From the propagation of coffee seedlings to perfectly roasting the final batch, coffee production is an art. Farmers, growers, transporters, roasters, marketers, designers, and more all have a hand in telling the story of how one coffee bean makes it from the hands of a farmer in Colombia to the fresh cup of coffee you're holding.
Casey Daly, owner of Case & Paint
, is a bright and vibrant freelance artist, illustrator, and designer based in Orlando, Florida. The artist behind this label design, she colorfully tells the story of El Puente and the Colombian coffee culture of the Café de Paz roast.
- Variety: Colombia, Caturra, and Castillo bean varieties
- Processing Method: Honey
- Elevation: 1,400 meters above sea level
- Farm name: Aromas del Sur Farms (Aromas of the South)
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