Colombia as a coffee origin is a real pleasure to work with thanks to the numerous micro-climates throughout the country, we can pretty much buy freshly harvested coffee from the different regions all year round. We generally look to the southern departments of Huila, Cauca, Tolima and Nariño for our supply as we love the flavour profiles from these regions. This time, we have a freshly landed lot from the department of Tolima which comes to us from a group of 58 smallholder producers who have formed a cooperative called ‘Alto Saldana’ – the average plot size of growers from this group is just 4.5 hectares and coffee is grown at altitudes ranging from 1,500 metres above sea level to nearly 2,000.
There are numerous shade trees in this region which provide fantastic cover for the coffee (encouraging the slow development of the cherries) along with an incredible ecosystem promoting real biodiversity. El Meridiano is the name given for the grade of this coffee produced by this group and is a nod to a lake in the region that can only be seen from the air.
These conditions high up in the Andes mountain range are perfect for the production of high quality coffee, though it can be extremely challenging for the farmers here to harvest their crop – we have seen occasions where producers require the use of a rope and harness to reach some of their trees, the terrain can at times be dangerous and it is only the experience of these growers that results in a successful harvest. Specialty coffee is very demanding in terms of the methods that must be used throughout the growing and harvesting stage to guarantee quality in the cup. Once the cherries have been collected, they are processed on each farm’s micro wet mill before being dried in the parchment layer in parabolic dryers. This stage can also be very challenging due to the humid conditions and the high rainfall this region can experience.
It really is a miracle we can taste such incredible complexity in this cup given all that can go wrong and full credit must go to the growers of Alto Saldana who really are masters of their trade.
We are happy to say we are now able to dispatch orders on a daily basis from Monday to Friday. If your order is received before midnight, it should go out to you the next day using the Royal Mail First Class or DPD next day courier service depending on the weight of the parcel. If you place an order over the weekend, it will be packed and dispatched when the Roastery re-opens on a Monday.
If you have selected the Local Pickup option, this should be ready in our customer collection point in the North Star Coffee Shop and General Store by 5pm the day after you have placed your order. Opening hours can be viewed here along with information on parking and location. Unfortunately we cannot deliver your order to a local customer for you to collect from.
Once you have placed your order, you will receive an email to confirm it is being processed and then another one to let you know when it has been dispatched/is ready to collect.