Speciality coffee roasted in Durham.
Tasting Notes: Plum, orange, nutmeg, brown sugar and dark chocolate
Process: Washed – cup score 84.5
This coffee is comprised of multiple small holders from the north of Cauca, located in Columbia’s south west, who live on small farms traditionally less than one hectare in size. Many of the people in this region are indigenous from the Nasa, Misak y Totoroes groups, native to this part of Colombia. They live high in the Andes at altitudes of 1600 – 1900 metres above sea level (masl) where, with their coffee, they grow fruits and vegetables under the shade of native trees.
These producers are part of the COMEPCAFE Cooperative based in Piendamo, Cauca and established in 2010. The Cooperative has 1400 families spanning 1600 hectares. The farms are traditionally planted with Castillo and Colombia with a small portion (5%) of Typica and Caturra coffee varietals. The Coop helps to support their members with technical and commercial support, as well as food security and pension programmes.
The areas in which the coffees are farmed are still heavily influenced by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and illicit drug trade making life very difficult for the producers. The coffees are pulped on the farms in traditional beneficios on small pulping machines before being dry fermented in tiled tanks overnight for 12 to 16 hours. The coffees are then dried for 7 to 10 days in parabolic tents on raised beds.