We love rich, chocolatey, caramely Colombian coffee like we love…well, anything with caramel and cocoa! Colombian coffee is among the most recognizable and most dynamic in the world, with multiple growing regions whose distinct profiles reflect the various microclimates that exist in this large country. We love to source coffees from multiple growing regions in Colombia, like this Narino, as we are always looking for a cup that contains a nice balance of sweetness, fruity effervescence, and a foundation of cocoa and/or toffee.
But that’s not all there is to love about this one!
This bean comes from an association called the Fundación Agraria y Ambiental Para el Desarrollo Sostentible (FUDAM). This collective is a 300-member association of organic-certified (and Rainforest Alliance–certified) growers that was founded in the year 2000 by just seven producers who shared a vision of sustainable agriculture as well as environmental protection and development. So cool! This group of smallholders lives in and around the small municipality of La Unión in Nariño, where the terrain differs greatly from in other coffee-growing areas like Cauca: Instead of walking up from the town to the farms, as elsewhere, here the towns are at such high elevation that the farms are typically lower elevation, surrounded by high peaks and rough road.
Organization leader Raquel Lasso has established a subgroup for women, called Manos de Mujeres, focused on empowering projects as well as gender-queity in payment for women growers in the cooperative. And we LOVE buying from these women!
The farmers pick their coffee during the day and depulp it in the afternoon, typically fermenting the lots for 16–24 hours dry. The coffees are generally washed two or three times before being dried either in small “casa elbas,” mechanical dryers, or parabolic dryers. The mechanical drying takes between 25–40 hours, while the other drying structures can take up to 15 days.
Of all the coffees we have bought, this one in particular has a story we just couldn’t resist…as well as a taste like no other! We think you’ll love it too.