Colombians are great coffee's to work with. The consistency they offer can rarely be matched. Asa a result we've picked this beautiful coffee as one of our main coffees in the shops over the next few weeks. It's packed full of Black Cherry with a biscuity mouthfeel not dissimilar to Keylime Pie.
For the 2018 Summer crop the guys at 32Cup returned to the Nariño region. The high quality is indicative of our ongoing efforts since 2016 to find the most impressive coffees in the region and to reward those producers for their hard work. With hard to access small farms on high altitudes around 2000 meters above sea level, Nariño’s hills keep their treasures well-hidden.
The largest lot they purchased this Summer came from the this organisation, Abades. It is a collective of small producer associations that were created during the CRS Borderlands project, with this lot coming from the Samaniego town and region. The impulse of the original project was to create a market opening for producers in the region, allow for technical innovations to be made in processing and quality. It took several years of intensive work and weathering of challenges, but this is one of the most successful endeavours of its kind in the world of small coffee farmers. Abades is now an independent producer group with the infrastructure and knowhow to collectively market their own coffee and decide their futures. This kind of organization tied with quality and demand from the specialty market has radically shifted the power and agency that normally sits in supply chain with processors and buyers more deeply to the producers themselves. While smallholder producers in Colombia have many more options than most other countries for selling their coffee, it is rare that producers at this scale can dictate the terms and control of that sale.
One of the most impressive advances of the Borderlands project has been the training of local cupping staff to be able to run quality operations at the producer level, helping them know what their quality is and how much their coffee can be worth, instead of relying on a middle man or exporter to tell them as much and set the price. The cuppers in the ABADES group are almost exclusively the children of farmers, in their late teens or early 20s, and have made impressive strides. ABADES is run by an elected group of representatives from each individual community. The majority of this board are women, and women generally have been the leaders and innovators in this community for some time. While many men have left or been lost to the conflict, the women have been running the farms, raising their families, and making the strides to improve the community’s situation in general.
We taste Black Cherry and Chamomile - when it tastes it's most mellow and like sweet apples. There's also a sweet citrus like Keylime Pie with a biscuit base.
Altitude: 1600 - 2000
Varietal: Caturra, Bourbon, Typica
Producer: Abades Washing Station
Bags hold 250g of whole bean coffee. We recommend letting your coffee rest for at least 4 days prior to brewing. We ship on Thursdays.