Los Pinos 121 project - Colombia La Leguna Siberia
Sr. Hermes Vitelio is part of the indigenous Nasa ethnic group, and speaks the Nasayuwe language. There have been steps recently to increase the bilingual schools to preserve the heritage and language, as linguists view it as an endagered tongue. He is a leader in the indigenous struggle process, and lives in the Pescador area of Laguna Siberia. He is married to Sra. Enid Franco García who also works on the farm. They have 2 children and a grandson.
Mature cherries are manually picked from below the shade-giving canopy and defects removed before fermenting for 14 hours, rinsing four times and drying on raised beds in a drying room. Once the moisture has reached 11.5% the coffee is bagged and transported to the dry mill facility in Popayan for quality grading and dehulling in preparation for export.
The coffee pulp is processed into compost for the coffee trees (2 kg per tree), and the water and mucilage of the coffee is deposited in treatment systems called SMTA. This cleans up the remaining sugars and organic matter in the water that can create acetic acid and be harmful to the environment. His farm has guamo, avocados, zapotes, mangos, guanábano, oranges, saffron and bananas growing on it, and is Fairtrade and Café Practices certified. He has been an active member of Cencoic since 2014.
Reservation: La Laguna Siberia
Farm: Los Pinos
Name of Producer: Hermes Vitelo Mensa
Altitude: 1520 masl
Varieties: 55% Castillo, 45% Supremo
Harvest: April - June
SCAA score: 86
Production Capacity: 3750Kg
Dry Mill: Trilladora Pubenza, Popayán Cauca
Fragrance and aroma: Caramel, sweet, red fruits, honey, red apple.
Flavour: Chocolate, citrus, orange, pan