Price $5.65 per pound
Bag Weight 152.11 lbs
Flavor Profile Honeydew melon, lemongrass, caramel syrup
Liliana Genbuel Paja
Jambaló, Cauca, Colombia
Fully washed and dried inside solar dryers that provide protection from the rain
June - August
Coffee cultivation from small family owned farms is the backbone of production in Colombia. Banexport, a Colombian export company, works directly with many of these producers who have a shared commitment for exquisite coffee processing, and loving care for their farms and the environment. Banexport helps producers gain access to technical support regarding best practices for farm management, processing the harvest, and cupping feedback, which helps producers improve the quality of their coffee. The model of collaborative effort produces traceable lots with vibrant regional profiles. This lot comes from an individual producer named Liliana Gembuel Paja, who has a 5-acre farm called El Ranchito located in the municipality of Jambaló within the department of Cauca. With guidance from Banexport, Liliana follows a strict post-harvest protocol using her own micro-mill, which allows for consistency. Liliana focuses on selective picking, then floats the cherries to remove damaged and underdeveloped beans, then macerates the cherry for 24 hours before depulping to remove the skin, and ferments for 24 hours to remove the mucilage before washing the coffee seeds. The wet parchment is dried to 11 percent moisture over a period of 18 days on raised beds. After processing, Banexport provides crucial logistical support for things like warehousing and milling coffee for export to the international market, which provides better income for Liliana to reinvest in her farm and strengthen her family's livelihood.