Cup NotesBlackberry / Fig / Papaya / Prune / Clementine Suggested for espresso and filterQUALITY SCORE:90.50
This pure, organic coffee is the only one in Antioquia that is 100% certified organic. The coffee trees are raised on the pristine steep slopes of the Andes overlooking the Cauca River. Finca owner Luis Emilio Vélez allows the wild vampire bats on his Finca to live inside his coffee storage. In the same space as the well-protected coffee bags. He always stores all his coffee on the farm in GrainPro. You could almost say coffee grower Luis Emilio is a freak but in the positive sense. He does not allow any compromise to produce his characteristic purely organic coffee. He recycles everything and promotes his attitude everywhere he goes. For instance, he collects all the plastic wrappers of friends and family, has them stuffed in plastic soda bottles and uses these as bricks to construct buildings on his farm!
Visiting Cocondo, near the small town of Titiribí in Antioquia, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the farm’s name is a play on words inspired by Macondo, the mystical town where Garcia Marquez´s famous novel, A Hundred Years of Solitude, takes place. Indeed, the setting is magical….and real! However, Luis Emilio Velez, the owner, will explain to you that the farm’s name derives from its location. Nothing more. Although the farm’s real name is Tebaida, many years ago villagers gave it the name Cocondo, an abbreviation of ‘coco Hondo’, which literally translates as ‘deep coconut’. This strange moniker refers playfully to the farm’s location in the lower part of a steep ridge that looks not unlike a hollowed out coconut when viewed from above.
The plantation has been developed without harming any of the original vegetation. A walk through the coffee fields feels more like a pleasant (though steep) forest stroll. Luis Emilio even created an eco-trail, complete with signs, that winds through various lots with different varieties, a spring and even a small fall that he sometimes uses as a shower.
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