COLOMBIA ORGANIC TOLIMA ASPROCESCA – 32366-1 – 70.1 kg GrainPro Bags – SPOT DUPUYHOU

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Flavor Profile Lime, guava, pineapple, coconut, tomato, herbal, tropical, lively

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About this coffee

Grower

44 members of Asociación de productores de cafés especiales vereda el Caimán “ASPROCESCA”

Altitude

1500 – 2100 masl

Variety

Bourbon, Caturra, Castillo, Colombia, Gesha, F8, and Tabi

Soil

Sandy loam

Region

Gaitania, Planadas, Tolima, Colombia

Process

Fully washed and dried inside solar dryers that provide protection from the rain

Harvest

April – June

Certification

Organic

Coffee Background

Regional details

For many years Tolima has remained hidden in plain sight between other well-known coffee growing regions because armed conflict and coca leaf production isolated producers and exposed them to high rates of violence.  During this time the municipality of Planadas, located in the southernmost corner of Tolima, had remained an untapped source of specialty coffee where thousands of producers have been cultivating coffee on just a few acres of land intercropped with shade trees, bananas, corn, beans and sugarcane.

Sourcing details

As conflict has subsided in recent years, locally organized associations have taken the lead in creating market access for these producers.  Established in 2019 with 44 producer-members, Asociación de productores de cafés especiales Vereda el Caimán (ASPROCESCA), has focused on certifications and training producers in best organic practices.  The cooperative has invested in basic infrastructure needs like road improvements, establishing local warehouses, creating micro-credit for producers and investing in social programs on a larger and more impactful scale, using the collective resources generated from the sale of coffee.  Environmental training programs, healthcare initiatives, life insurance, and educational opportunities are just some of the ways the cooperative strives to improve the quality of life for coffee producers and their families.

Processing details

Producers carefully harvest and sort cherries before depulping, fermenting, washing, and drying the coffee using their own micro-mills. Traceability and quality control throughout the post harvest process is ensured because ASPROCESCA has a partnership with an export company called Lohas Bean, which has a  dry-mill facility and cupping lab where coffee is prepared for export.  The partnership provides better income for producers to reinvest in their farms and strengthen their families’ livelihoods.