A coffee of snow and flower
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A coffee of snow and flower
The target in Tolima
Winter is leaving our land. The mountains of the Andes melt their snow. Tolima says goodbye to the cold. Ibagué, our capital city, knows that the white color of the mountains will be transferred to an even more magical place: the coffee plantations. The flowers have arrived.
Nature is even more magical when it is covered in white, that is, when it is covered with snow in winter and flowers when the winter is gone. Tolima, in the Panche language, means river of snow, that is to say, the river that crosses the region with its icy waters while it greets the coffee plantations that little by little are filling with flowers. The snow on the peaks melts and the coffee plantations bloom, this is the luck of our land, the farewell of winter, the arrival of the new season, although we never abandon the white color.
We, the people of Tolima, like the cold. We happily observe every Andean forest, every páramo and every glacier. However, our season is the season of flowers, the season of white coffee plantations prepared for a new harvest of the best beverage.
As we sip the coffee that our white coffee trees have given us, we sit around the table in silence. We know there is something we need to hear: that which indicates that the flowers are arriving to the coffee trees, that the snow is disappearing from the heights. Congratulations have arrived in the language of the wind.
The language of the wind
In Tolima everyone knows that the wind knows how to play a pan flute.This is a unique instrument, formed by hollow reeds joined together with strings or sticks. The musician must hold the reeds vertically and place the lower lip next to one of the pipes for the magic sound to be produced.
Its name comes from a Greek god. Pan, the god of the breezes of dawn and dusk, was a hunter, healer and musician who lived in the forests and jungles. Pan knew the language of the wind.
In our lands this instrument is known by a unique name, given by the ancient inhabitants of this region where winter is whiter. Its name is Panche Siquila, and it is the melody played by the winds with their pan flute to announce the first step towards a new harvest.
Panche Siquila is the language of the wind when singing, the language that has never been lost, despite the years and time. The inhabitants of Tolima are capable of understanding what the wind tells us, what it wants to tell us with its sounds and words. The language of the wind reminds us that we must preserve our land, that which we inherited from our ancestors and which is blessed by snow, sun and flowers. We must preserve it, but not only for ourselves, but for all those who will come after us. For our children and for our grandchildren and for those we will no longer know.
The wind reminds us that the inhabitants of Tolima are passengers and that what will last forever will be the unique coffee that characterizes us.
The Panche Siquila Council
The wind knows how to talk to us and knows what to tell us. That is why we call him Panche Siquila. Siquila is our river, named after the sweet sound its waters produce. They tell us stories in the mouth of the wind. They invite us to flow, to be permanent, just like memory. They remind us that only a pampered, cared for and respected land will allow us to continue to see our fields covered with white flowers. Fields that will later become a café that is a tribute to the past, an adoration of the present and a desire for the future.
This is how Panche Siquila sings his song:
I am the wind in Tolima,
I am the wind in the world
and with my blowing I spread
the music that animates.
Take care of the land that is yours,
observe the harvest that is ours,
do not destroy beauty,
Continue to see our snow-covered fields
and enjoy its white flowers
that fill the sun with flavors
and the golden-colored coffees.
I am the wind in Tolima,
I am the wind in the world,
and with my pan flute I ensure
Colombia will experience in the future.
Luciana, Salomé and Santiago are one of the many families living in Tolima. Today they woke up and the sun was shining brighter: there was a flower on one of the coffee trees. The first flower indicated what everyone in the village was waiting for: the wind was about to come and they had to get ready.
Panche Siquila had provided them, many years ago, when their grandparents were not yet alive, with bread flutes. Those instruments had a special magic, they always sounded the same way, even though the years went by.
The three took their pan flutes and began to play the Panche Siquila song, and the same could be heard from the other houses in the village. Suddenly, beyond the Nevados, a much louder pan flute responded to that sweet humming. It was the wind that had already begun to sing. Everyone stopped playing to listen to that beautiful language that only the inhabitants of Tolima could understand.
When the winds blow through the coffee plantations, when the snowfalls melt, the snow of flowers appears in our fields and we know that it is time to take care of our coffee to obtain a new harvest.
A sip of this dark beverage reminds us that we have unique lands, an unmistakable coffee and a language that only those who can converse with the wind can know.
Panche Siquila is the coffee that reminds us that preserving the land has the best of rewards: the family around the table, drinking Panche Siquila and listening to the wind sing.
Panche Siquila the coffee that defines the profile of Taza from the coffee growing region of Tolima, Colombia, green and ready to roast.
Here's what you want to know about snow and flower coffee
- It is a coffee that its cup profile is chocolatey
- Its key descriptor in aroma and flavor is citrus.
- Other descriptors that complete its organoleptic profile are chocolate and caramels.
- It is an ideal coffee for espresso and capsule extraction.
- It has an overall score according to the SCAscale of 87.5 points.
- Its acidity is tartaric and malic with a high intensity.
- It has a medium intensity body and is mellow to the touch.
- It is a coffee that is cultivated in the Andean Dorsal coffee geography, in the coffee growing region of Colombia and in the coffee growing region of Tolima.
- It is a coffee of the Arabica species and a blend of the Castillo, Caturra and Colombia varietals
- It is a coffee that we have processed in aerobically washed and dried in a combination of patios and canopies.