PANELA, SWEET CREAM + MARZIPAN
.... We always stock these coffees and will continue to do so. The sugar browning sweetness, the dynamic fruits, the clean cups, it doesn't get any better in South America for our style.
This one is from producer Teresa Valdes, a member of the FUDAM group. FUDAM is currently in the process of becoming Fair Trade Organic and opening an organic fertilizer facility. Driven by quality, they are a investing back into the community.
Teresa's coffee is rich and vibrant with great depth of flavor. A soft yellow stone fruit flavor is complemented by sugary notes such as panela, sweet cream, and marzipan. The finish is lasting and reminds us of the unique taste of Tamarind!
ORIGIN: Colombia Nariño
MUNICIPALITY: San Pedro de Cartago
PRODUCER: Teresa Valdes
FARM NAME: La Ondulada
ALTITUDE: 2000 masl
FERMENTATION: 26 hours dry
DRYING: 10-15 days on raised beds under parabolic dryer or cement patio
TASTING NOTES: Sweet Cream and Marzipan
ROAST TYPE: Light / Medium
This lot was selected during the 2019 brigada, or windfall buying round, in Nariño, and we could not be more excited by the quality and general excellence of producer association FUDAM. Brigadas offer a platform for producers to show off their best work while we cup and make commitments on the spot.
Teresa was born on March 7th 1963 in the coffee producing municipality of San Pedro de Cartago. Like other coffee producers in this area, Teresa carried on the family tradition cultivating coffee and other crops for sustenance such as banana, cassava, lemon, avocado, and blackberry. Thirty-six years ago she purchased one hectare of land for 2,000,000 COP. She produces 1,000 kilos of parchment coffee each year on average. Recognizing Teresa’s standard for quality has allowed her to reinvest back into her farm and send her children to school.
Colombia has been the foundation on which we’ve been able to stand and deliver our message to the specialty roasting community all over the world. Aleco’s twelve year relationship with FUDAM has been rewarded with success in quality and new discoveries. FUDAM is a producer association based in the province of La Union in Northern Nariño. The group was founded in 1999, formally legalized in 2000 and is run by the sister-brother team of Raquel and Jeremias Lasso. The Lasso family is from Buenos Aires de Cartago, which borders the city of La Union. Forty-four members from both Cartago and La Union comprised the group’s membership in 2000 and it has since grown to 130 members in 2017. Over the past 18 years, FUDAM has expanded into the surrounding areas of San Lorenzo, Taminango, Arboleda, Belén, Cartago, Genova and now deep into the reaches of Tablón de Gomez, increasing their membership and parchment volume.
Traditionally coffees from these further reaches of Northern Nariño were collected by coyotes or intermediary buyers and taken to Buesaco, which is the main hub for parchment trading in Northern Nariño. With cash in hand, these intermediaries were often able to purchase parchment coffees from these producers at levels much lower than what they should get for the quality. Together with FUDAM, we create the necessary incentive for these producers to step away from these coyotes.
Raquel is an innovative leader that inspires the best work from her community and gives it in return. More recently, she’s formed a group within FUDAM called Manos de Mujeres, focused on the empowerment of women growers within her community, with projects ensuring they see a fair 50% of farm profits and a goal
of opening an organic fertilizer facility. Currently in the process of becoming certified Fair Trade Organic, FUDAM is a perfect example of how community investment can and should represent an investment in quality.
Processing is done in traditional smallholder fashion — coffee fruit is manually depulped by either hand or rigged with motors, fermentation occurs in small concrete or tiled tanks and sometimes plastic buckets, then, washing is done in the same tanks. Parabolic dryers are common, though covered patios are found on occasion.