After planting coffee nearly 20 years ago, farmers in the Xamtai district of Houaphan province had all but given up on their hope to sell coffee as a sustainable cash crop. Nestled in a very remote corner of northeastern Laos, villages saw season after season come and go without anyone knowing their coffee farms even existed. In 2015 however, after getting wind of some coffee farming villages in the region, Yuni Coffee Co. made some exploratory trips and found these 'forgotten coffee' farms. Since that time, Yuni Coffee Co. has established a permanent presence in the region bringing new confidence and hope to coffee farmers. New coffee crops are now being planted and coffee-growing communities are excited about what the future holds as their coffee hits the world market for the first time.
NOTES: BLACKBERRY, ORANGE WINE, HIBISCUS, BROWN SUGAR
Innovation, especially when it improves cup quality and economic stability of aging farmers, is amazing. We are excited to offer Neighbors & Crops Lot 370, La Palma as part of our coffee line up. This coffee is unique in its processing, undergoing 80hrs of whole cherry lactic acid/ anaerobic fermentation. It's then pulped, washed and dried on parabolic raised beds for 15 days. This unique processing produces notes of blackberry, hibiscus and orange wine acidity with a rich brown sugar sweetness throughout.
This coffee comes from the Granja Colegio Anatoli farm which belongs to the local Anatoli School where Rosalba Castro, Dean of the School and her fellow staff members manage and care for the farm. Local workers from the village are hired as farm laborers and sometimes even teachers and parents from the school will volunteer to work on the farm.
La Palma y El Tucan is part of a continuing effort to support farms like Colegio Anatolia by offering technical assistance that can help them grow better coffees year by year.