Coffee Sponsor: R.EXLEY
COLOMBIA GAITANIA ORGANIC SWISS WATER DECAF
227g Medium Roast
Varietal: Castillo, Caturra, Colombia
Certification: Organic, Swiss Water Decaf
Altitude: 1600-2000 m.a.s.l
Harvest Year: 2020
Processing: Fully washed, Swiss Water Decaffeination Process
Tasting Notes: Black tea, bramble, dark chocolate, dried apricot, dried fig, and honey.
Swiss Waters’ Small Batch Series is a program of limited offerings that features hyper seasonal, highly traceable, and really tasty coffees.
This blend comes from an association of independent producers (The ASCI’SP Cooperative) in the municipality of Planadas in the southern part of Tolima, Colombia. Specifically, it comes from the Nasa Wes’x indigenous community of Gaitania, a community rich in history and coffee. The original inhabitants of this region were Paez, Pijao, and Nasa indigenous nations. Before the 2016 peace accord signed by the Colombian government with FARC, Gaitania had the important designation of being the only community in the country to hold any sort of official peace agreement with the armed forces, signed by the Nasa Wes’x people in 1996. Due to this monumental accord, thousands of lives were saved and much of the local landscape and environment were preserved.
The coffees that comprise this blend are all certified organic and are from several fincas throughout Gaitania. After the cherries were carefully hand-selected for ripeness, they remained intact for 24 hours after which they were de-pulped, washed and fermented for another 24 hours, then washed again, and lastly put out to dry on raised beds and marquesinas (parabolic dryers).