It’s always an exciting day when a La Palma y El Tucan shipment arrives. Cupped blindly alongside other Neighbors & Crops farmers, we have chosen Leonor’s coffee every year since we started working with La Palma y El Tucan (3 years now!)
At first sip, we’re greeted with the tingle of a Greek yogurt acidity & yogurt-like slippery mouthfeel. Notes of sweet berry wine (emphasis on sweet), whipped honey, and cherry compote. Superior balance and sweetness. Easy to drink like Sauvignon Blanc on warm Spring day.
Cupped at an 88.
Leonor Rodriguez is one of many coffee farmers who participate in the Neighbors & Crops program from La Palma y el Tucan. When we buy coffee we’re suckers for a good story, especially when it means future sustainability for our partners. La Palma y el Tucan partners with its surrounding coffee growers to provide good seed and farming practices (among other non-monetary resources) to increase quality and yield in their crop. La Palma then provides further business security by purchasing their crop at a much higher price before processing it and selling it to roasters like us. Rather than buying out surrounding farm land and hiring the previous owners to work it, La Palma y el Tucan empowers their neighbor to leave a legacy in the land; they understand that true equity is in relationships. This wisdom is why we love partnering with them and it’s why many future generations of coffee drinkers will continue to drink upstream.
|Grower:||Leonor Rodriguez with La Palma y el Tucan|
|Process:||Lactic Acid Fermentation|