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Colombia Lote Valeria

Almond, yellow plum, cacao nib.

$16.50
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Aromas of candied almond and butterscotch join notes of almond and dried mango in the cup. The body is buttery, with nougat sweetness and craisin acidity for balance. Cacao nib and yellow plum aftertaste begs for just one more sip.

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Country
Colombia
Region
Nariño
Farm
Finca Santa Maria-Lote Valeria
Farmer
Armando Benavides Portilla
Elevation
1850m
Variety
Caturra
Process
Washed Process

Meet Armando Benavides Portilla

At Finca Santa Maria, long hours of sunlight and heat from hot springs allow the coffee trees to survive in the high altitude. Cooler temperatures mean slower ripening coffee, and this in turn leads to great flavor, sweetness and acidity. Owner Armando Benavides is focused on implementing innovations on the farm, such as irrigation, processing methods, and the introduction of new varieties.

Good management goes well beyond producing great coffee. It’s also about coming together with enriching experiences, family, and friendship. On top of sustainable farming initiatives, what impresses PT’s during their visits to Finca Santa Maria is Armando’s dreams of passing on his passion for coffee farming to his children (he’s even changing the name to Finca Lote Valeria, after his daughter). Armando is also very committed to building strong direct trade relationships like the one he has with PT’s, as seen in the photo.

Nariño, Colombia

It has been said, “The heart of Colombian coffee sits in the mountains of Nariño.” In fact, Nariño is the first coffee region in Colombia to earn recognition as as a regional denomination of origin. According to the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation, Origin Status Denominations mark agricultural products whose qualities are associated with their place of origin. The CCGF states, “Besides natural features like climate and soil conditions, denominations of origin also involve human, cultural and traditional attributes which are reflected on the development and harvesting processes of the product.” Nariño coffees are known for their intense aroma, high acidity and sweetness.

Here farms are small, and families have been growing coffee for generations. Since the area is so large, infrastructure minimal, and the crop cycle extended, most growers wash, ferment, and dry their own coffees, taking them to be sorted and graded once they have large enough lots.

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Location
Topeka, KS
Contact
Email
785-862-5282

PT's Coffee Roasting Co.

Topeka Kansas, 1993: an unlikely place and time for one of the most groundbreaking Direct Trade coffee companies in the world to be founded, but that's just what Fred Polzin and Jeff Taylor did. PT's Coffee Roasting Co.'s slogan is, "Without the love, it's just coffee.", and they certainly live up to it. (In fact, Jeff married a Colombian coffee pro, Maritza, now Director of Quality Control for PT's).

PT's Coffee Roasting Co. has won many awards, including Roast Magazine's 2009 "Roaster of the Year" and a 2012 Good Food Award medal. Building on a history so solid, PT's is pushing into the future of the coffee industry with promise and momentum.

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