"We’re proud to directly support women farmers and highlight their role within the coffee supply chain, and we truly appreciate that our customers are actively requesting these coffees. However this is not what motivated us to bring in this tasty coffee, grown in Huila by a coop of women farmers, for the first time. It was its very unique cup profile. When we think about coffees from Huila, we tend to associate them with more herbaceous qualities. This lot is characterized more by tropical fruit notes and citrus than traditionally found in Huilas, with notes of pink grapefruit, orange, pineapple and a light, winey quality and toffee richness. This one will shine brightly (and sweetly) as a single origin offering!"
- Caitlin McCarthy-García
Licensed Q Grader & Junior Trader
Want to support women in coffee? Asociación de Mujeres Cafeteras de Colombia (ALIMUCAES) was established in 2014 to help 310 women from the municipality of Colombia, located in the department of Huila, find an international market for their coffee. Organizing as a group was a critical first step because this growing region in northern Huila is isolated from the rest of Huila’s coffee growing region to the south. The municipality was actually named Colombia because it takes so long to get there that it feels like traveling to a different Colombia. And the dry desert looking landscape of this Colombia might have you looking twice when you see cactus growing next to coffee. The women have organized with leaders from each community to establish a larger network of support. The model of collaboration produces a traceable community blend with a vibrant regional profile. This lot comes from small farms where each producer has their own micro-mill to carefully harvest cherries, depulp, ferment, wash and gently dry the parchment on raised beds. An export company called Mastercol provides crucial logistical support for things like warehousing and milling coffee for export to the international market, which provides better income for everyone to reinvest in their farms and strengthen their families’ livelihoods.