This is our fourth year working with Ivan Molano. Ivan is a true coffee producer; his family has been producing coffee for many generations—longer than any of them can remember. Ivan inherited his 11 hectare (~27 acres) farm from his father, and has dedicated himself to maximizing quality. He believes doing so is the best way to make a living for his family, and also best for the future of coffee production for his children. His farm, Las Pulgas, rests at the top of the mountains in Planadas. It enjoys warm days and cold nights, which is perfect for slow and even cherry maturation.
Tolima is the third largest coffee producing region of Colombia and accounts for 12% of the country's annual production. Located in west-central Colombia, this region is fully inscribed by the Andean mountains and the Magdalena river basin, making it rather remote and challenging to access. Until recently, much of the coffee growing area had been concidered dangerous because of the Colombian FARC's presence. Today, Tolima has seen a drastic decline in FARC presence, allowing for increased accessibility to these nutty, tangy, fruity, and creamy-bodied coffees.