We find ourselves coming back to this Colombian year after year it’s so good – with juicy notes of soft fruit and brown sugar – a classic.
Farm: Inzá Cauca Small farms
Varietal: Caturra, Colombia, Castillo
Processing: Fully washed
Altitude: 1,500 to 2,000 metres above sea level
Owner: 290 members of the Asociación de Productores de Café del Oriente Caucano (ASORCAFE)
Town/City: Pedregal Inzá – Cauca
Region: Inzá – Cauca
The municipality of Inzá is located in the corner of the Department of Cauca, bordering with Tolima and Huila and looking out to the west over the Pacific Ocean. Situated on the “Macizo Colombiano” (the Colombian Plateau), which surrounds the high peaks of Tolima and Huila, the region is an important source of water and wildlife, in addition to being prime coffee growing land.
This coffee was produced by 290 smallholder coffee producers from the region, all of whom are members of the organization ASORCAFE (Asociación de Productores de Café del Oriente Caucano). ASOCAFE represents, in total, some 450 producers from across the Department. Every single microlot delivered was cupped and reserved due to its scoring 85 points or above by the Association’s cupping lab in Pedregal.
The association of coffee growers, ASORCAFE, was founded in 2004 by 10 coffee growers with an entrepreneurial spirit who were tired of private parchment buyers who were paying them below national prices. The region’s violent past, with a heavy presence of FARC guerrillas, had historically prevented the FNC (Colombia’s excellent national coffee board) and specialty-focused exporters from establishing a presence in the region. As violence has diminished, it has enabled the growers in the region to seek increased access to markets for quality, not only taking advantage of the region’s wonderful coffee-growing conditions but also the economic resource that nearby tourist destinations bring (for instance, the World Heritage Site “Parque Nacional Arqueológico de Tierradentro”).