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Colombia Carlos Estrada Pismac

$22.00

Out of stock

This coffee is highly distinct and reflects what we love most about Colombian coffees – deep dark chocolate flavors paired alongside subtle tropical tones of citrus and honeydew with a refreshing texture and long finish.

Roast: Light
Producer: Carlos Estrada Pismac
Process: Fully Washed
Variety: Maragogype, Caturra

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Colombia Carlos Estrada Pismac

Colombia Carlos Estrada Pismac

$22.00

Out of stock

This coffee is highly distinct and reflects what we love most about Colombian coffees – deep dark chocolate flavors paired alongside subtle tropical tones of citrus and honeydew with a refreshing texture and long finish.

Roast: Light
Producer: Carlos Estrada Pismac
Process: Fully Washed
Variety: Maragogype, Caturra

This coffee is highly distinct and reflects what we love most about Colombian coffees – deep dark chocolate flavors paired alongside subtle tropical tones of citrus and honeydew with a refreshing texture and long finish.

Roast: Light
Producer: Carlos Estrada Pismac
Process: Fully Washed
Variety: Maragogype, Caturra

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Colombia Carlos Estrada Pismac

COFFEE INFO

Nariño has become one of the most recognized and important coffee-producing areas in Colombia. Not long ago, Nariño was very inaccessible due to violence from FARC rebel groups, which terrorized the local population. Many coffee farmers fled their farms, finding work elsewhere while their farms went unattended. Only recently have coffee farmers begun to return to their farms and begin cultivating again. Because of this tumultuous history, much of Nariño remains a mystery to coffee roasters, and we are just beginning to see the potential for extraordinary coffees from this unique microclimate. 

Coffee farms in Nariño can sit at some of the highest altitudes in the entirety of Colombia, with some farms situated well above 2000 meters. It’s at these extremely high altitudes that coffee cherries can mature slowly, producing the densely sweet and sugary flavors we love and covet. We find lots of complex chocolate characteristics, among fruit-forward nuances that make these coffees so lovely. 

Carlos Estrada Pismac is one of the producers working with Toldopamba Coffee. Carlos has cultivated coffee for over 20 years, and in this time has learned to express some very unique flavors. The Toldopamba team connected with Carlos Estrada nearly 5 years ago through a cooperative, and at that time he was just selling his coffee to the cooperative and not growing his farming operations. Since then, Carlos has decided to work independently with Toldopamba to cultivate higher quality coffee and sell more directly to roasters, with the hopes of growing his farming operations over the next several harvest seasons. 

From Carlos Estrada Pismac:

“Before growing coffee, we used to grow beans, but cultivating coffee was a change of life for me because now I have more income and also better security for my family. Growing coffee, I hope to have a better life for tomorrow, an organized future, and savings for my child, Andi. I would like people to know that I am proud, and knowing that they enjoy my coffee makes me happy. This is a motivation for me to give it my best!” 

Through Toldopamba, we were able to purchase 5 bags of Carlos’ Maragogype variety, which is a very unusual variety to find in Colombia. Maragogype is a mutated cross-variety tree that produces extremely large seeds (nearly double the size of typical coffee seeds!). These larger seeds tend to display a different flavor profile than what is typically found in heirloom variety trees, resulting in a one-of-a-kind experience in the cup. Thanks to our partnership with Toldopamba, we paid 4.5 FOB for this coffee, which at the time of purchase was 250% above the commercial coffee price. 

To us, this coffee expresses the complex fruit and chocolate tones we love from Colombia, with notes of spice in the finish. We taste dense dark chocolate, complex nutmeg, and cinnamon spiciness, with citrus and blackberries in the finish.

PARTNERSHIP

Toldopamba Coffee, a direct relationship-based coffee exporting company, was started by Carlos Alberto Torres Burbano with the goal of helping coffee farmers in remote areas of Nariño access the specialty coffee market. 

The Burbano family has deep roots in Nariño. In the 1980s, Carlos moved with his parents from the city back to the remote mountains of Nariño to aid his grandmother, whose health was failing. The family continued coffee production operations until 1999 when they were forced to abandon their farm due to violence in the area. It wasn’t until 2009 that they were able to return and begin coffee operations again, with 2010 being the first year they produced specialty coffee.

Carlos eventually took over operations of the farm and began to work on other social impact projects in the area. He became involved in Catholic Relief Services’ Borderlands Project, which instituted long-term plans and goals for specialty coffee cultivation viability in Nariño. Through this project, Carlos was connected with Tim Hill, our friend, and main coffee trader, who at the time was assisting with the Borderlands Project. Since then, Carlos established Toldopamba not only as a farm but also as a company helping coffee farmers connect more directly with the specialty coffee market. In the past, these farmers had to work through many intermediaries to sell their coffees, which usually ended up being purchased at lower prices and sold with little to no traceability. Toldopamba in turn offers agricultural and technical assistance to farmers and connects them more directly with long-term roaster partners. 

Today, Toldopamba continues to pursue meaningful partnerships with nearby coffee producers, helping them improve the quality of their coffee and adopt environmentally friendly practices on their farms. Carlos’ wife, Angela Findlay, has also joined the Toldopamba team as their head of QC. As a certified Q Grader, Angela tastes countless samples during the harvest season, ensuring that every coffee meets rigorous standards established by Toldopamba. 

This is our second year working with Carlos and Angela, who quite frankly are some of the kindest people we have ever worked with. Conversations have already begun regarding new coffees selected specifically for Utopian Coffee from the upcoming harvest which will begin in April. Because of Toldopamba, Utopian Coffee is able to select outstanding coffees and pay producers very competitive prices for their coffees. Colombia is a difficult country to work within, but with good partners, anything is possible!

Colombia Carlos Estrada Pismac
Colombia Carlos Estrada Pismac

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