Galapagos is a beautiful volcanic archipelago located in the Pacific Ocean, about 500 miles off the coast of Ecuador. Known for Darwin’s theory of evolution by the vast number of unique species that he found during his voyage in 1836, including the famous 100-year-old giant tortoises for which this coffee is named. Our coffee comes specifically from the island of Santa Cruz, produced by 7 members of the Cooperativa de Produccion Cafetalera de la Islas Galapagos.
The coffee farmers here are all very conscious of the animals and plants that inhabit the island. So much that they consider themselves temporary inhabitants and strongly believe that the owners of the land are the animals and nature. As part of the Minga del Cafe project, the producers are hugely focused on quality at their small, shared wet mill. Every afternoon during harvest season they bring their freshly picked, perfectly ripe cherries – using the range of pulpers, fermentation tanks, static and drum driers, and raised beds available at the mill.
Here the farmers check in on each other, share processing ideas, and discuss their harvest as they mill their coffees side by side. We are thrilled to be able to support this wonderful and environmentally vital island and it’s small community of conservation-focused farmers again this year, with our limited edition offering of La Tortuga.