Colombia Huila El Retorno Natural – *51623* – 25636 – 70.0 kg GrainPro Bags – SPOT RCWHSE

Position Spot

Bags 25

Warehouses Oakland

About this coffee

Grower

Producers organized around El Retorno Project

Altitude

1723-1800 masl

Variety

Castillo, Colombia

Soil

Volcanic loam

Region

Villa Fatima, San Agustin, Huila, Colombia

Process

Full natural and dried inside solar dryers that provide protection from the rain

Harvest

October - December | June - August

Certification

Conventional

Coffee Background

El Macizo Colombiano is the geographic breakpoint where the Andes mountain range splits into three distinct ranges and forms the water source for five of the most important rivers in Colombia. In English, Macizo means “solid’’ or “massive” and that is exactly what we have come to expect of Royal’s annual supply from the municipality San Agustin in the department of Huila. The town of San Agustin is quaint, and the surrounding countryside is lush green year-round. There is even a UNESCO world heritage site to mark the largest collection of pre-colombian megalithic sculptures in South America. This traceable community blend with a vibrant regional profile was sourced from small farms where each producer carefully harvested, sorted and floated cherries to remove damaged and less dense seeds, and then gently dried the cherries on raised beds. The harmony between these producers in post-harvest practices was impressively precise to achieve such a clean and consistent natural processed blend. An export company called Inconexus provides crucial cupping evaluations to ensure the resulting harmony and character, as well as logistical support for things like warehousing and milling the coffee before exporting to the international market, which means better income reaches farmers so they can reinvest in their farms and strengthen their families’ livelihoods.