Columbia Viotá Palmare
|Owner||Around 20 smallholder farms|
|Varietal||Caturra & Castillo|
|Process||Fully Washed and Sun-dried|
|Note||Pecan Pie and Black Cherry|
Located in the region of Cundinamarca, part of Columbia's Central Cordillera, Viota is a community that heavily relies on coffee production as its major output. So much so that the town holds the annual 'Festival de la Cultura Cafetera', celebrating their proud history in coffee production. They are also one of Columbia's first coffee growing region since 1879.
The coffee we have here comes from a group of about 20 smallholder farms who produces of coffee traditionally. Cherries are selectively handpicked and placed in tanks and pulped before moving to fermentation. Once fermentation is complete, many of the farmers sundry their parchment on patios or on the roofs of their houses. Some farmers dry their coffee on parabolic beds under the sun. These parabolic beds, known locally as marquesinas - constructed a bit like 'hoop house' greenhouses, with airflow ensured though openings in both ends - to protect the parchment from rain and mist.