Colombia Piendamo

warm baked apple – hibiscus – smooth sugar syrup finish

R149.00R535.00

Our single origin coffees are all packed into 250g bags straight from the roaster. For optimal freshness, if you select 1kg of a single-origin coffee, it will be shipped as 4x250g bags. Our blends and decaf are packed into both 250g and 1kg bags.

The grind size you select affects the extraction of your coffee. Unlike when purchasing pre-ground, we give you a wide range of choices to optimize the flavour of your coffee. Please select the brewing method you use and we will grind at the best setting for it. If you want more information reach out to us on our Live Chat for assistance.

Origin  Piendamo, Cauca
Flavours  hibiscus, berries, honeydew, red wine, smooth sugar syrup finish
Body  chewy
Acidity  soft apple
Roast  light–medium
Brewing  very versatile

Owners  various
Altitude  1,650 to 1,850 masl
Varietal  Castillo
Processing  washed & sun dried
Total size of area under coffee  7,721 Ha  |  Average farm size  1.5 Ha

Our single origin coffees are all packed into 250g bags straight from the roaster. For optimal freshness, if you select 1kg of a single-origin coffee, it will be shipped as 4x250g bags.  
Our blends and decaf are packed into both 250g and 1kg bags. 

Colombia Piendamo

THE CAUCA REGION & ITS COFFEE HISTORY

As one of the most famous coffee-producing regions in Colombia – Cauca boasts a stable microclimate which is ideal for coffee production. The towering Andes mountains, and proximity to the equator allow for these prime coffee-producing conditions. In 1537, Sebastián de Belalcázar was travelling north in search of the mythical treasure of El Dorado. Instead, he founded Popayán, a town known for its beautiful colonial architecture, poetry, and art. This area is the location of the Condór warehouse, our purchasing partners, and where the various producers from the Piendamo municipality transport their crop.

Later deemed the capital of Cauca, Popáyan is located within the Pubenza Valley and has significantly contributed to Colombian culture and politics. It is rumoured that Piendamo was the first coffee-producing community of Cauca, and still maintains its cultural production. Prior to the Spanish arrival, local indigenous populations called the Nasas populated these valleys. The tribes were able to preserve their culture and tradition throughout the Cauca department over time and still maintain traditional methods of coffee production today. Other indigenous communities include the Paeces, Misak and Guambianos.

Within Cauca, there are four main coffee provinces, with not only different climates and terroir, but also with different culture and tradition. These include the eastern, northern, southern, and plateau province of Popáyan – where this Piendamo lot is collected from. The plateau province is responsible for 65% of coffee production in Cauca, and thanks to the homogenous climate, rich volcanic soil, quality is maintained throughout this region.

FARMERS’ CHALLENGES

Coffee is the main source of income for producers in this area. Additionally, to diversify income and diet, producers may also grow plantains and citrus trees that grow nutritious fruit while also providing shade for the coffee. Some producers also rear cattle to provide an additional layer of income and nutritious diet.

In these high-altitude regions, infrastructure may be lacking, posing a number of threats to producers including lack of access to transportation and difficulty locating work for harvest.

HARVESTING & PROCESSING

Once the harvest occurs, pickers selectively hand pick the cherries and transport to the washing station where they are submerged into large tanks of water. Here, the floating cherries are removed to ensure quality. The remaining cherries are pulped via machine and sent to ferment. During fermentation, the exterior mucilage is broken down prior to being dried. Once cleaned, the coffee is placed into the open sun to initiate the drying process.

SUSTAINABILITY

Condór are working to improve the fertility of the soils in this region by providing producers with access to newer fertilizers that will improve quality and yield in the future. It is important to preserve the culture and tradition in regions such as Piendamo, and Condór are working with these producers to ensure a future can be created.