The story behind
We worked with our producer partners in Colombia to create this Mercon Specialty exclusive. It is available for shipment year-round, ensuring a consistent supply of high quality, fresh Colombian coﬀee. The cattleya orchid is the national flower of Colombia and we chose the name to represent the complex floral characteristics we are looking for in this coﬀee.
Cattleya is a regional blend made with coﬀees from the Tequendama province of Cundinamarca department and the Lengupá province of Boyacá department, both located on the Eastern Andes mountain range, forming the Cundiboyacense plateau. Prior to the Spanish conquest, the indigenous Muisca tribe lived in the region and now contains many preceramic and ceramic archaeological sites.
This Cundiboyacense region is mountainous with altitudes raging between 1100 to 4000 masl, it has many rivers and lakes and contains a unique Andean unique ecosystem: páramos (moorlands). 60% of all páramos in the world are situated in Colombia. Thanks to this, complex microclimates are created resulting in high quality agricultural products, especially coﬀee.
Our coﬀee is grown between 1,200 and 2,000 meters above sea level, with coﬀee varieties of Colombia, Castillo, and Caturra. The average farmer in Colombia has less than one hectare of land, so this coﬀee is made up of 100’s of farmers in the region who pool their coﬀee and process it in area coﬀee mills. The coﬀee is depulped, washed and soaked overnight, and dried either in full sun on patios or in mechanical dryers, depending on availability and climate.Request a Quote or Sample