Colombia washed Arabica Excelso EP Cauca Fairtrade (FLO) + Organic ACEC
|Unit of Measure||Sack à 70kg|
|Variety||Castillo, Caturra, Typica|
On the quest for distinguished coffee, you simply cannot pass Colombia. Colombia’s quality reputation stems from hard work and excellent terrain. A unique topographic characteristic also comes into play when talking about the different facets of Colombian coffees: the three cordilleras of the Andes mountain range. Between and within the mountain ranges, several microclimates are formed. These microclimates provide excellent conditions for high-quality coffee production.
Towards southern Colombia, the three cordilleras find their way back to becoming one mountain range, creating a knot. Shortly before this knot lies the city of Popayán, the capital of the department of Cauca. To the east, the Popayán plateau borders Huila. Due to the altitude and the proximity to the equator and the surrounding mountains, the so-called Meseta de Popayán provides a very stable climate year and rich volcanic soils - and therefore an attractive environment for growing coffee.
This coffee is sourced from the Asociación de Caficultores Ecológicos del Cauca (ACEC). The cooperative has around 500 members of which 80 are women. All families live within the region and grow coffee on 0.5 to 1.5 hectares of land. ACEC offers training to its members to improve the quality of the coffee and reduce their environmental impact. With the help of ACEC, many members were able to become Fairtrade and Organic certified.
Historically, Colombia has been shattered by various periods of violence and setbacks. However, in the past 20 years, Colombia has leaped to becoming an economic powerhouse in Latin America. On the quest for distinguished coffees, you simply cannot miss Colombia. Its quality reputation stems from hard work and excellent terrain.
Colombia's natural beauty stems from its extreme diversity: two oceans, snow-peaked mountains and glaciers, endless deserts as well as the Amazon basin are found in this unique South American gem. The west of the country is dominated by three Andes mountain ranges, called the Cordilleras.
Due to their proximity to the equator, several microclimates are formed within these mountain ranges. Add to that altitude ranges from 800 to 2,200 meters, and you will start to realize why Colombian coffees are so diverse.
|COFFEE REGIONS||Huila, Antioquia, Quindio, Risaralda, Caldas, Tolima, Cauca, Valle del Cauca, Santander, Cundinamarca, Narino, Sierra Nevada|
|COFFEE ALTITUDES||900 – 2,300 masl.|
|VARIETIES||Typica, Caturra, Castillo|
|HARVEST PERIOD||Sep – Dec (Main Crop), Mch – Jun (Fly Crop / Mitaca)|
|COFFEE FARMS||Smallholders and plantations|
|AVERAGE FARM SIZE||0.5 – 5.5 ha|
|YEARLY PRODUCTION (IN 60KG BAGS)||14,100,000|