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Colombia Tolima - Supremo

Bakers chocolate, apple, heavy body, raisin, trail mix
$3.67 / lb $566.36 / bag
Bag Weight 70 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2021/22
Status Spot
Lot Number P609143-1
  • 256 Bag(s)
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About This Coffee

The area around the volcano Tolima is not only, as one would expect, rich in volcanic soils, it is a “neotropical high mountain biome,” known for dramatic fluctuations in temperature described by locals as summer every day and winter every night. These fluctuations—at lower altitudes where they are no so dramatic—are great for growing coffee. The Pijaos people, native to the region long before the Spanish arrived, called the volcano “Dulima,” meaning Snow Queen. 

Country of Origin Colombia
Harvest Season 2021/22
Coffee Grade COL CA WA SUP SC 17/18
Bag Type Polypropylene
Plant Species Arabica
Variety Castillo, Caturra, Colombia
Region Tolima
Growing Altitude 1500-1900m

History of Coffee in Colombia

As with many coffee origins, it is believed that coffee was first brought to Colombia by priests, arriving, perhaps, within a decade or two after coffee first came to the Americas via the Caribbean in the first half of the 17th century. It was likely a garden crop grown for local consumption and barter for decades. Unlike other coffee regions, we have the story of a priest named Francisco Romero, who could be called the father of commercial coffee cultivation in Colombia. The folkloric tale goes that in the early 1800’s, Father Francisco, hearing confessions in the north eastern town of Salazar de la Palmas, assigned planting coffee to his parishioners as penance for their sins. The Archbishop of Colombia heard about this and ordered all priests to adopt the practice. Commercial production of coffee expanded quickly, moving into regions where the growing conditions were ideal. 

Growing Coffee in Colombia

Even though it’s been 4,000 years, the soil resulting from the last major eruption of Tolima is still considered “young soil,” filled with nutrients that are no longer found at the same levels in old soil. There is a long list of elements on offer in volcanic soil that are fading or absent in other soils, such as high levels of potassium and nitrogen. Also present is something called “Boron,” which arrived from outer space a long time ago, and is important to cell walls, the creation of enzymes, and the production of flowers and fruit, meaning Boron contributes to yield. Beyond the nutrients, the structure of volcanic soil is also beneficial to coffee growing. It can soak up and hold moisture while, at the same time, facilitate good drainage so water doesn’t pool, which is not good for coffee plant roots. Coffee plants like to take a drink, then take a break. Also, volcanic soils are usually found on an incline, which also helps with drainage. 

  • Status Spot
  • Region Tolima
  • Bag Type Polypropylene
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety Castillo, Caturra, Colombia
  • Coffee Grade COL CA WA SUP SC 17/18
  • Growing Altitude 1500-1900m
  • Screen Size 17/18
  • Country of Origin Colombia
  • Warehouse The Annex
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  • CTRM Contract Number P609143-1