The product of countless generations of coffee farmers
A purple coffee that excites on any brew method
Ivan Molano's family has been growing coffee for so long that he's lost count of the generations of coffee farmers that precede him. On about 14 acres of land inherited from his father, Ivan grows various cultivars of coffee trees alongside plantains, sugar, tapioca and vegetables for his family's consumption. He is proud to be a part of the specialty coffee industry and has ambitions to plant more trees and continue to improve quality, despite the environmental and sociopolitical challenges in the region.
The farm, Las Pulgas, lies in the foothills of the Colombian Andes Mountains in Planadas of Souther Tolima. Planadas has been a historically strategic place in the Colombian internal conflict between FARC guerillas and the Colombian government. FARC has maintained a strong presence in the area since their creation in 1964. With the initiation of peace talks in 2012, coffee producer associations have played an instrumental role in preventing a power vacuum in Planadas by regulating the economy and providing social and environmental support.
Planadas first gained attention in the speciality coffee community when producer Astrid Medina won Cup of Excellence in 2015 for her coffee. Terrific elevations, warm days and cool nights, high biodiversity, and good soil quality all contribute to this region's exceptional offerings. When this coffee came across our cupping table, we were impressed by its complex sweetness and syrupy mouthfeel. Dial in to notes of plum, wild honey, and brown butter using a 1:16 ratio, filtered water at 208-210℉, a medium grind and a 3-3.5 minute brew cycle.