Producer: Didier Uce Sanchez
Region: Planadas, Tolima
Varieties: Castillo & Caturra
Altitude: 1835 m.a.s.l.
Flavour Profile: Dried papaya, Caramel & Orange blossom
Didier Uce Sanchez, owner of the Clavelines farm, grew up in the coffee industry on his parents’ farm, just a short distance down the mountain. After working as a flower farmer for a number of years, he returned to his roots and started his own coffee farm, naming it after his favourite flower, the carnation.
At 7 hectares, Clavelines is large for Colombian standards, and has been certified organic for 4 years. Though it was difficult to become established as organic, Didier feels it’s the best way to produce coffee. He replaces trees every 5-6 years and gives them the same love and attention he has for flowers.
During harvest season, Didier’s farm grows to 30 full-time employees, all of whom stay on the farm, fed by his wife and sister. They pick by hand in 4 passes, to ensure they pick only the ripest cherries and leave the rest to ripen further, with the second and third pass yielding the most consistent, ripest, bountiful picks. The cherries are pulped and fermented the traditional way, leaving some mucilage on the coffee for 20-30 hours, then sorted, washed, and dried.
We buy this coffee from Nordic Approach.
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