A fruity coffee with a creamy body. Notes of cacao, hazelnut, yellow, and red fruits with a lactic, creamy mouthfeel.
Process: Washed Lactic Fermentation in Honey, 170 hours
Annual Production Capacity: 12 TON
Project Name: Proyecto Renacer
Town: La Sierra
Variety: Castillo, Caturra, Pajarito, Tabi and Bourbon
Best Roast: Light
Preparation Suggestion: Pour over method V60, Kalita (Drip method)
The specialty coffee business is evolving at a rapid speed, and as a result, more roasters are demanding unique fermentation process coffees. Tropical Summer perfectly highlights the profile of a lactic fermentation processed coffee with Notes of cacao, hazelnut, yellow, and red fruits that will take the consumer right to the summer.
The production of an extended fermentation process coffee is very sensitive considering the hours it takes to achieve without getting rotten. At la Sierra, they have a custom-made process to achieve a tropical profile without overpowering the iconic Colombian profile and notes.
Why Support the Farmer
Tropical Summer is one of the products from La Sierra, a social project that uses coffee as a vehicle to transform lives. Throughout the production of coffee, the families of the neighborhood of La Sierra receive income to improve their economic and social situation. Therefore, as the demand for coffee grows the opportunity for more families to enter the coffee business also increases with the objective of changing the neighborhood one harvest at a time.
Summer in a Cup
In Proyecto Renacer we have a few main fermentation protocols including Tropical Summer. Tropical Summer is a special recipe developed by Jonathan and Cristian Raigosa where, in brief, after picking the cherries they are depulped a musicale (honey) state, and then they enter into a tank to undergo anaerobic fermentation of 170 hours! Does such a long fermentation sound risky? Not here! The brothers have everything measured to the point that the controlled sugar breakdown, is also possible due to the environment of la Sierra of low temperatures making it ideal for an extended fermentation. The result is a yellow fruit profile coffee, that will remind you of having a tropical moment.
Proyecto Renacer the Artist of Tropical Summer
Proyecto Renacer was created in order to improve the lives of those in the La Sierra neighborhood. Led by brothers Cristian and Jhonatan Raigosa, Proyecto Renacer is located in the hills of the city of Medellin in the neighborhood of La Sierra. It is composed of more than 30 coffee growers with 13 small farms (2 hectares on average) and they involve the addiction recovery center Hogar Casa Claret.
These two brothers are the real definition of coffee-preneurs. Cristian has emerged in the Colombian coffee scene as one of the best roasters and baristas bringing direct knowledge of specialty coffee consumption to the team. While Jhonatan has worked in field production, building critical producer relations, and quality control tying together the administration of the project
The project began when, by chance, they received a sample of a coffee from the La Sierra neighborhood. They were surprised to find a coffee from Medellin, this was something unusual. After profiling and sampling the coffee they found an extraordinary product with some very striking attributes that made them want to contact the producer to know more.
When they first ventured into the neighborhood to start developing the project they were uncertain because the sector for decades was practically a war zone with violence and disputes of drug trafficking. It had even been documented in a movie! Nevertheless, their passion overcame prejudice and they went to a meeting at La Sierra with the producer, Don Gabriel.
Once they were there, they found a totally different panorama from the one they had in mind. In La Sierra there were more producers than Don Gabriel with great quality coffee and surrounded by excellent geographic conditions for coffee growing. In this way, they came up with the idea of coordinating the coffee of all the small farms in the neighborhood, processing it in order to add value through fermentation processes. Thus, Proyecto Renacer could support, in a small amount, Colombian agriculture and its low prices paid in their cooperatives. In conclusion, a positive impact for the Sierra community.
Through these products, it creates the opportunity to offer consumers of Medellin and the world an experience with specialty coffees, changing their perspective of the neighborhood from the one violence-torn area to the beautiful coffee-producing sector it is. Today, La Sierra is a neighborhood where you can travel without any fear, and experience the remarkable tranquility that this mountain-top neighborhood offers.
Proyecto Renacer has been developing coffee for over 6 years, in which they have really worked hard, to provide world-class fermentation protocols for extraordinary products.
With this coffee we Impact the Following SDGs:
In comparison to the FNC buy rate, TCP pays 46% above fair market value
Through Proyecto Renacer, residents of the neighborhood have opportunities to work much closer to home, eliminating the need to commute extreme distances.
Neighborhood of Medellin called La Sierra