C002: El Puente
Farm/Producer: El Puente Mill
Region: Colombia, Huila Palestina
Altitude: 1550-1980 masl
Variety: Caturra, Castillo, Colombia, Bourbon
Cup Profile: Purple & red berries, cocoa nibs, round mouthfeel, juicy finish.
“El Puente (meaning bridge) is named after the footbridge over the river near the new El Puente processing facility. This facility in the Palestina region of southern Huila processes coffee from small surrounding farms, of over one hundred families, who produce coffee on their farms and deliver it to El Puente, which is designed to handle larger volumes of coffee than the mills on individual farms can process.
When the coffee arrives at the coffee processing plant, El Puente proceeds to float the coffee in order to eliminate impurities, if in the course they observe that the Brix degrees are low, it is left to ferment for 12 to 24 hours in the sacks and then taken directly to the sun. If the cherries have a good Brix degree content it goes immediately to the sun as the first step in the drying process.”