We are pleased to introduce the newest coffee to our shade grown, certified Bird Friendly coffee lineup – Colombian La Cabana, an estate grown coffee from the organically certified Finca Agroberlin, on Colombia’s highest snow peaked mountain Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, situated at the northern tip of Colombia. This area is considered one of South America’s richest in biodiversity and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The Agroberlin farm produces approximately 2,500 bags of high grade coffee annually at altitudes between 4,500 and 6,000 feet. A portion of the farm is maintained as a natural reserve, providing habitat for endemic and migratory birds, while the rest is planted with several varieties of coffee under the shade cover of native tree species. The owner, Dario Delgado—along with his daughter, Iliana— are involved in an active ecological restoration project, taking land that has been dedicated to cattle pasture for years and planting coffee and shade trees. Water quantity and quality are being restored along with creation of prime habitat for local and migratory birds. The farm is presently the site for ongoing field research by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center to determine which shade tree species used in coffee farms attract the greatest variety of insects that serve as food resources for birds.
This special micro-lot coffee is wet processed, fermented, washed and sun dried at the farm, then meticulously milled and graded at the farm’s dry mill in Santa Marta. It offers a rich, full bodied flavor, medium acidity, with caramel and apricot notes.