El Vergel - Colombia - Blend
"A Timeless washed Colombia with a sweet, balanced profile. A conscious washed process where water is recycled and treated."
We had been looking for the right washed Colombian for a long time. When our friends at El Vergel and Forest Green sent us samples for this delicious caturra it hit all the notes we were after. This coffee has red fruit, honey sweetness and a mellow acidity that will appeal to those who promote it and those who reject it alike. Their facilities in Fresno, Tolima, count with a water treatment facility that allows them to reuse the water for other washed coffees and irrigation. But that’s not all, as the Bayter family is also involved in social causes like furnishing the local school. Combine this epicurean coffee with sustainable practices and a social project behind it and you get exactly what we stand for.
The farm is called El Vergel and the owner of this beautiful farm is Martha Montenegro.
Located in the heart of Tolima, a region in Colombia that is well known for high grade coffees.
This coffee scores at 86 out of 100.
Finca El Vergel and neighbouring farms stand at approximately 1450m high elevation which leads to a high, refined sweetness in all their coffees.
The classic caturra variety is present in this community blend.
A conscious washed process where water is recycled and treated.
Impact & Community
Not only have they invested in their equipment and technology, the Bayters have also tried to help the community around them.
Alongside one of their buying partners, they’ve furnished the local school in Fresno, Tolima, which serves as a good example of the capability and scope of partnerships in the coffee industry. The Bayters also employ around 50 people in their estate, providing opportunities to the local community.
"To reduce water waste in washed coffees, the Bayter family has invested in a water treatment plant that allows them to reuse most of the water."
Back in the 90s, El Vergel Estate would sustain itself by growing and harvesting avocados, which proved to me quite harmful to the soil. Today, they are investing in efforts to regenerate the soil. The results thus far are quite significant and they’ve already witnessed a significant growth in native flora and fauna.