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Origin Information

Grower
91 producer-members of Asociación de Caficultores Indigenas de San Pedro (ASCISP)
Variety
Castillo, Caturra, Colombia, and Typica
Region
Planadas, Tolima, Colombia
Harvest
May - August | December
Altitude
1600 – 2000 masl
Soil
Volcanic loam
Process
Cherries are fermented for 24 hours then depulpedand fermented for another 24 hours, , washed and dried using each producer’s micro-mills
Certifications
Organic

Background Details

For many years, Tolima has remained hidden in plain sight cradled between other well-known coffee growing regions because armed conflict and coca leaf production isolated small coffee 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. As conflict has subsided in recent years, locally organized associations have taken the lead in creating market access for these producers. With 91 producer-members, Asociación de Caficultores Indigenas de San Pedro (ASCISP) has focused on certifications and best organic practices, which coincide with their indigenous roots traced to the Nasa we’sh tribe. During the harvest, producers carefully harvest and sort cherries that are fermented for 24 hours then depulped and fermented for another 24 hours, washed, and dried using their own micro-mills. Azahar, a Colombian exporter company, prepares this coffee for export ensuring traceability and quality control throughout the post-harvest process.