Story from the farm: La Tortuga is a coffee characterized for its unique and magical geographic location. The Galapagos Islands are a beautiful Ecuadorian archipelago of volcanic islands located in the Pacific Ocean, 906km from continental Ecuador. The Galapagos are known for Darwin’s theory of evolution due to the vast number of unique species that he found during his voyage in 1836, including the famous 100-year-old giant tortoises.
Galapagos is not only home to birds, sea lions, iguanas, dolphins, and gulls, but also to the exotic c0ffee of La Tortuga. The Cooperativa de Cafetaleros de Galapagos, composed of more than 80 producers, started in 1997 with the purpose of protecting the co ee industry while conserving their nature and environment. All the farmers in Galapagos are very conscious of the animals and plants that inhabit in the island. In fact, they consider themselves temporarily inhabitants and strongly believe that the owners of the land are the animals and nature. This particular lot comes from a single producer, and member of the cooperative, Rolf Eduardo Ballesteros.
Ballesteros grows a particular mix of Typica, and Bourbon coffee shrubs on five hectares under Cedrela, Guabos, and native shade trees. He uses the traditional fully-washed method for processing in his micro-mill and dry ferments his wet parchment for 14 to 18 hours. It is then sun-dried in parabolic covered patios on raised drying beds.
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