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Located in west-central Colombia, Tolima is fully surrounded by the Andean mountains and the Magdalena river basin, making it remote and challenging to access. Until recently, much of the coffee growing area had been considered dangerous because of the Colombian FARC's presence. Today, Tolima has seen a drastic decline in FARC presence, allowing for increased accessibility to these delicious coffees.
The Tolima region as a whole also sits on the Cordillera Central, in the middle of the three mountain ranges that run North to South through Colombia. This range creates a multitude of microclimates of varying growing conditions, each creating coffees with unique taste profiles. This is also why coffee harvesting in Tolima is broken up into two seasons each year.
The coffee we offer to you today comes from the alpine tundra ecosystem around the volcano Tolima (Nevado del Tolima). At its higher elevations, the microclimate is known for dramatic fluctuations in temperature, described by locals as summer every day and winter every night, ranging from below freezing to 90 degrees Fahrenheit in one 24 period. At lower altitudes, the range is not quite as dramatic, but the fluctuations still exist and along with the fertile volcanic soils make for very ideal coffee growing conditions.
The small lots chosen for this Nevado del Tolima region blend were carefully cupped and selected for quality. All lots come from family-owned, small farms who selectively hand harvest their own coffees, and then mill them using small mechanical or hand pulpers. The coffee is then fermented for between 12 and 24 hours and washed 2 to 4 times to remove remaining mucilage and dried mostly on patios but often on raised beds as well.
We at Coptic Light really enjoy this coffee for its soothing creamy mouthfeel and its satisfyingly balanced sweetness with notes of cantaloupe, persimmon, butterscotch, and pecan.