Production in Colombian is very much dominated by small holders that band together into Cooperatives and grower’s associations. This means the vast majority of coffee in Colombia comes in big lots that contains coffee from many growers. This is further complicated by the fact that coffee is mainly processed on the farm by the producers. Depending on the mind set and skill of the individual producer you may have great coffee being mixed with average coffee. The varying climates present challenges to small holder farmers to harvest and process their crop in stable conditions. The geography of the land creates an environment where we see multiple harvests taking place at various times across the different coffee producing regions. We are continuously working with our export partners to find producers with good practises and methods to produce stable and high quality cupping coffees.
ASPROCAFEES – ASOCIACIÓN DE PRODUCTORES DE CAFÉS ESPECIALES CON FINES ECOLÓGICOS DE PLANADAS TOLIMA
This producer group was established in October 2014 in the region of Planadas, South Tolima. Initially the group consisted of 10 famers that broke away after they were tired of receiving poor value for the coffee they produced. They wanted to improve the socioeconomic structure for themselves and this spread the community around them and now they have 59 members. As a group together, they can help support each other and share knowledge on how to improve the quality of the coffee they produce.
During the harvest the coffee is picked and pulped before being left to ferment for 12 – 16 hours overnight. The coffee is then washed and naturally sun dried on roof tops or in parabolic driers for between 10 – 14 days down to 11%.