Organic Colombia Tolima Vino Y Oro comes to us from our friends at Royal Coffee in Emeryville, CA. The coffee was sourced from farmers in villages surrounding the town of Chaparral, in the Southern Tolima department. Organized as Asociación de Productores Comercializadores Agropecuarios de Cafes Especiales (SURCAFES), the 54 farmers who produced this lot have invested heavily in sustainability, achieving Organic certification and working towards Rainforest Alliance and Fair Trade certification in the coming years. Royal has this to say of SURCAFES and their exporter, Lohas Beans:
“SURCAFES is a producer association with 54 members who live in El Limon, Las Hermosas, La Glorieta, El Tibet, Irco, Santa Cruz, La Profunda, El Diamante, La Aldea, El Jardin, El Salado, Bella Vista, Tocora, El Prodigio and San Antonio, all communities located within the Chaparral municipality in the department of Tolima, Colombia. SURCAFES works in collaboration with an export company called Lohas Beans to establish connections in the specialty coffee market, which has improved coffee prices for its members and enables farmers to reinvest in their farms and provide for their families. Lohas Beans has also helped producers gain access to technical support for best agricultural practices and innovative coffee processing methods.”
On the cupping table, this coffee blew us away with its balanced notes of milk chocolate and tropical fruit, as well as its soft, round body. Equal parts familiar and adventurous, this medium roast performs well in most brewing methods, but shines as a filtered drip coffee.
Exceedingly well rounded and consistently delicious, this is our new all day drinking coffee. We can’t wait for you to try it.