Have you ever wondered how a small coffee farmer achieves success?
Some of the main difficulties for coffee farmers are the limited size of their farms and the lack of facilities. Colombian farmers usually have 1-2ha to produce coffee and often lack the capacity for experimentation and innovation. As a result, they are often unable to produce enough to produce a single batch suitable for export on their own. However, your coffee can be of a very high quality and very complex profile, which represents your hard work and dedication. Las Perlitas is a clear example of how we can help small farmers to receive a fair payment for their quality.
Las Perlitas is the representation of small lots from different farms in the regions of Huila, Antioquia and Nariño. These farms are usually between 1600-2100 masl in which the focus is the cultivation of high quality varieties, it is made up of some of the best lots of the season. For its creation, small micro lots were selected and blended to create a larger one, it is a combination of coffees with similar profiles above 86pts of similar or better quality than any other individual micro lot.
All lots represent the hard work of growers who received some of the highest prices in the city. Once a farmer brings his coffee to the station, its quality is assessed. The higher the quality, the higher the price.
There is no fixed minimum quantity for the lots used, good quality is the main factor. By offering good prices, in addition to feedback provided on each sample cupped, growers can be confidently asked to make adjustments to their processing, while reducing concerns about price volatility. Fixed minimum prices are incentives for hard-working farmers, as they are a way of encouraging them to experiment more with farming techniques and produce higher quality coffee.
The selection procedure is very strict, each small batch is tasted individually several times before it is included in the main batch. In addition to cup quality, each coffee must meet strict physical requirements, based on moisture content and water activity guidelines. On average, Las Perlitas coffees ferment for 24-48h and sometimes up to 72h. Drying time is around 7-14 days.