Milk chocolate with caramel and almond. Creamy body and medium acidity.
Finca La Independencia is owned by a woman producer who is part of the AMACA (Asociación de Mujeres Productoras Agropecuarias del Cauca), a group of women producers located in El Tambo, Cauca, Colombia.
AMACA was formed in 1999 by 80 women and is now 140 smallholder members strong, all women farm owners. 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 organization “Social Action” supplied 22 farms with new wet mills and processing tanks. The average farm size is 1 hectare (5,000 trees) per member, some members have 3+ hectares and many members have less than one.
This is one of our partner (Cafe Imports) ‘Program Coffees’, and they pay a premium to AMACA above the value of the coffee to support their goals, one of which is a warehouse space to properly receive, cup, manage, and store their coffees. AMACA’s mantra is simple: to improve the quality of life for their members.
For a little video snippet of what the AMACA group are doing for these women producers then click here.
Coffee in Colombia
Colombia is bisected by the Andes Mountains, which split into three parallel cordilleras (mountain ranges) as they run south to north. Coffee grows throughout these mountains from north to south, with the addition of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, an isolated mountain range in the north of the country where a number of indigenous tribes produce organic- and Fair Trade–certified coffees. The three mountain ranges produce diverse microclimates.
The majority of Colombian coffee territory has two harvests: principal and the mitaca ("fly crop"), which is typically smaller. In the north, principal harvest is in November with the mitaca in May–June. The South has the opposite of that; principal harvest in May–June and mitaca in November, scattered across the country in some of the most biologically diverse landscapes in the world.
Colombian coffees differ in flavour from region to region because of the unique microclimates and processing styles. Farmers will pick and process coffee during the week and drive it in to town on Saturday to sell. For many years, Colombia was the number-one world producer of washed coffees, and the second-largest producer to Brazil. In 2000, Colombia was surpassed by Vietnam, and then the rust infestation of 2008 set them back significantly. Today they are currently in the top five of coffee production with roughly 10 million bags per year. Colombians farmers and citizens alike drink a lot of coffee every day; nearly 20% of their annual production. Colombia has over 600,000 farms, most of them farmed by small landholders with less than 5 acres nestled in the hills at roughly 1,200 to 2,000 meters above sea level.