Cocoa, almond and caramel
San Sebastian is produced by the members of OCCICAFE, a coffee grower association based in the municipality of La Plata, in Southwest Huila.
The Associacion de Productores de Café de Alta Calidad del Occidente del Huila (OCCICAFE) was founded in 2003 and is the result of the merger of several smaller coffee grower associations that existed in La Plata at the time. They realised that by working together and striving to produce high quality coffee they would have more benefits and economies of scale to compete and differentiate themselves in the market. Today the association has over 320 members from the municipalities of La Argentina, La Plata, Paicol, Nataga and Tesalia. Its members are small-scale coffee growers, whose farms range from 1 to 5 hectares and at altitudes ranging between 1,400 and 1,900 m.a.s.l. All of them process their coffee in their small beneficios and then dry the coffee in covered patios until the coffee reaches the optimal moisture level.
Once delivered to OCCICAFE lab, they are classified according to their quality ratings as: commercial, regional, regional plus or microlot. Coffees that meet the regional plus standard need to cup above 85 points according to the SCA grading scale.