Origin Information

18 producers organized around Banexport
Castillo, Colombia
La Unión, Nariño, Colombia
October - December | May - August
1700 - 2300 masl
Clay loam
Fully washed and dried inside solar dryers that provide protection from the rain

Background Details

Coffee cultivation on small family-owned farms is the backbone of production in Colombia. Banexport, a Colombian export company, works directly with many of these producers who have a shared commitment for exquisite coffee processing, and loving care for their farms and the environment. Banexport helps producers gain access to technical support regarding best practices for farm management, processing the harvest, and cupping feedback, which helps producers improve the quality of their coffee. The model of collaborative effort produces traceable community blends with vibrant regional profiles. This lot comes from 18 producers with small farms in the municipality of La Union within the department of Nariño. With guidance from Banexport each producer follows the same post-harvest protocols, which allows for consistent blending from their respective farms. Each producer focuses on selective picking, then floats the cherries to remove damaged and underdeveloped beans, depulps to remove the skin and ferments 24 hours to remove the mucilage when washing the coffee seeds. The wet parchment is pre-dried for a period of 8 days on raised beds and then mechanically dried to 11 percent moisture. After processing, Banexport 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.