Colombia - AMACA - Washed
COLOMBIA - AMACA - WASHED
Colombia is an excellent example of how regionality can affect coffee character. There is a long strip of producing regions that runs from North to South along the Andes mountain range, which lends itself to hosting a broad range of arabica species. Cup characteristics ranging from clean and acidic to nutty, chocolaty and tropical are all associated with Colombian growing regions. Tractability has been an issue in the past, however direct trade has become much more prevalent , especially from South Narino, El Tambo and central Tolima. Colombian coffees remain some of the most sought-after coffees in the world!
AMACA (Asociación de Mujeres Productoras Agropecuarias translating to - Association of Women Producers) is a group of female producers in El Tambo, Cauca, Colombia who we visited in 2019. This association was formed in 1999 by 80 women who were heads of their households, deriving their livelihood and the livelihoods of their families from the cultivation and production of coffee. In 2008, AMACA partnered with the Ministry of Agriculture, the governor of Cauca, and the municipality of El Tambo to increase the production and quality of coffee on 80 members' farms. In 2010 the organisation “Social Action” supplied 22 Farms with new wet mills and processing tanks
Today, 140 active members from three different villages across the El Tambo municipality make up AMACA. The average farm size is 1 hectare (5000 trees) per member, some members have 3+hectares and many have less than one. This coffee comes from a group of the AMACA members who live in a community called La Muyanga. In terms of harvesting and process, most members are harvesting only fully ripe cherries, de-pulping on the same day as harvest, processing on their own farms, and drying on raised beds inside parabolic dryers.
To encourage and continue the great work happening on these farms, a premium is paid to AMACA above the value of the coffee itself to support their goals and aspirations as a group. Their mantra is simple: improve the quality of life for their members and members' families. Currently, one of their most pressing needs is a warehouse space to properly receive, cup, manage, and store their coffees. We believe these premiums can help them to accomplish these goals and in turn, Support this passionate and strong-willed group of women in their love and livelihood of quality coffee.
Stone Fruit, Kiwi, Toffee
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