Both released as single origin espressos, now together and kicking butts as our Golden Ticket blend, Tadeo Lopez and Orlando Garcia are a match made in heaven.
Tadeo’s farm is incredibly biodiverse, a plethora of fruit trees (avocado, peach, and banana to name a few) is interspersed amongst the coffee shrubs. The soils are high in organic matter and ground cover is kept constant. Fertilization is minimal and applied according to soil analyses.
Tadeo and his son Benjamin manage farm operations equally, but not without some controversy as Benjamin wants to implement new practices both in the field (new pruning techniques to increase production) and in processing (paying pickers more to select only ripe cherries for example and cleaner more controlled fermentation and drying regimes). Tadeo is a traditional farmer who maintains a diversified property and cares for the health of his soils greatly. Benjamin studied agriculture at university and specializes in coffee production, currently working for ANACAFE (the independent national association of coffee producers) as a technical assistant to small producers in San Antonio Huista as well as jointly managing the family farm.
Orlando is from the town of Puerto Nuevo, in the municipality of El Tablon de Gomez. His 1800masl farm is called “La Falda” (“the skirt”) appropriately given where it sits in relation to the mountain of “El Tablon”, and is typically in the realm of 3-4 hectares. He’s culturally organic (insert stuff about compost use). He sells his coffee to the association Fudam in La Union with whom we have a strong relationship.
Together as Golden Ticket Orlando and Tadeo