Trapiche Rayado, Colombia
Harvested: Summer 2019
Location: Yacuanque, Nariño, Colombia
Tastes like: cola, vanilla, licorice
Grown by: Jhon Dumar Guerrero
Processing Method: Fully Washed
Jhon Dumar Guerrero comes from a family made up of many generations of farmers and coffee producers. Besides his coffee farm El Trapiche Rayado, situated between 2,000 and 2,150 MASL, Jhon also owns several plots of land where he grows corn and rye, among other crops. He also raises different kinds of poultry and is recognized throughout his community as an entrepreneur who has successfully started and kept afloat many types of businesses.
Unfortunately, none of his children have followed in Jhon's footsteps by choosing to continue working the land, a growing trend in the coffee-producing regions of Colombia. Jhon also told us that another issue facing the coffee producers of his country, from Nariño to Quindío, is the lack of an able workforce willing to carry out the arduous but crucial harvest work. We have heard many of our producing partners voice this same concern.
By recognizing the tremendous effort put forth by the farmers we work with and by making sure to pay stable prices for their work we can incentivize the newer generations to come back to the countryside to continue the important work that has made Colombia known around the world for its coffee. It is tantamount that every link in the chain of coffee production is paid well and fairly. That is why, for this specific coffee, we paid 1,200,000 COP per carga (average market price for 2018: 700,000-800,000 COP per carga).
This coffee is a Castillo variety and its cherries were picked at their peak ripeness. After being harvested, the cherries underwent the traditional post-picking processing most typical throughout the country: they were de-pulped, washed and the resulting beans were fermented for 12 to 14 hours. They were then dried on open-air patios for 12 days during which they received ample Andean sunlight as well as much needed air flow to guarantee an even drying.