Colombia El Tractor Lactic Natural Red Bourbon - 125g
Pineapple juice, fruit punch, cherry
*Please note that this coffee is sold in 125g bags – not our regular 250g*
At a whopping 2,300 meters above sea level, in the La Sierra area on the eastern edge of Medellín, sits the El Tractor Farm run by Don Gabriel Cortes. He’s achieved great results, particularly with his Red Bourbon, which recently won the "best coffee cupped in Medellín award (that’s some stiff competition!) and first came to our attention last year as one of the three farms contributing to the Lactic Fermentation lot we had from the Renacer mill.
Don Gabriel has been a farmer since he was a child in Vegachí, some 70 miles or so North East of Medellin. Unfortunately, a little over 16 years ago violence in the Vegachí region forced him to leave his life there behinds. He had to started a new chapter of his life and chose to do it in La Sierra and with El Tractor. Coffee growing requires long term commitment - when you plant trees, it’s going to take at least three years before you se the benefits - so it’s inspirational to see him forced to leave everything behind but still taking that risk again.
Don Gabriel has a super strict cherry selection process on his farm, which we think is reflected really well in the cup! Once the cherries are picked he brings them to the processing centre. After screening, only the ripe cherries are allowed into the fermentation process. This particular lot is a super special one which showcases an experimental 76-hour fermentation process (his first attempt at it too!). This quick lactic fermentation allows for the growth of lactic acid bacteria (LAB) under anaerobic conditions.
Lactic fermentation in coffee processing can mean a lot of different things, but what they all do is create an Anaerobic environment for the coffee cherries (meaning keeping them somewhere without much Oxygen available). Normal fermentation in coffee cherries involves both Yeast and Lactic Acid Bacteria (LAB), but yeast needs Oxygen to create new yeast cells, so an Anaerobic environment will encourage the LAB more than the yeast. In this Speedy Lactic process, the coffee cherries are kept warm, speeding up the process. The LAB creates Lactic Acid from sugars, and the PH level is measured to decide when the fermentation stage is complete. Often, at this point, the coffee would be washed or honey processed, but in this particular case, it’s dried and allowed to go through a Natural processing method.
There's a big, gloopy pineapple juice to the start of this coffee. The slightest hint of booziness joins in and makes for a mug of fruit punch, before finishing with sweet cherries.
Roasting Information Medium - there's not a lot of noise from this coffee, but you need to get it through first and finish the roast towards the end of the gap, definitely not as far as second.
This coffee is sold in 125g bags – not our regular 250g bags.
All orders placed before 07:30 a.m. will be roasted to order Monday to Friday and shipped that day. Any orders received after 07:30 a.m. will carry over to the following working day for roasting and shipping.
The cost of postage is additional to the cost of our coffee. One bag at First Class postage will cost £1.50, and one bag at Second Class postage will cost £1.00. DPD next working day delivery is available for a flat rate of £5.00 for all orders up to 10 KG.