- Good for
- Chemex, Kalita Drip or Plunger
- Red Apple, Tropical & Raw Sugar
This washed coffee has a lovely upfront red apple sweetness with tropical overtones, matched with a raw sugar sweetness to form a rich complex coffee. The body of this coffee is clean, silky and full while still maintaining a pleasant apple acidity.
Processing green coffee beans requires fermentation to produce desirable flavours and allow it to be stored without spoiling. There are two main ways to ferment coffee, either with water which we called washed (or wet) processing or without water called natural (dry) processing. Once ripe cherries are picked, pulping them in a wet mill removes the skin, and fermentation processes the remaining mucilage on the bean.
Traditionally, washed coffee is picked and within 8 hours the cherries are floated in water (and unwanted components are scooped from the top), and then pulped. Then the beans will be washed in water for around 12 - 36 hours and dried in the sun on patios for around a week.
Natural processing involves none of these steps, traditionally the full cherry is dried in the sun for around a week, then the dried skin is removed.
- Colombia, Central America
Central Cooperativa Indigena del Cauca has 1559 family members, all of which are small-scale coffee farmers living in the Cauca region of southern Colombia. CENCOIC's membership is entirely indigenous and consists of Nasa (Paez), Coconuco and Yanacona peoples.
The group's primary focus has been on protecting indigenous Colombians from political violence, protecting their rights, and providing them with the means to collectively work to increase their incomes. Marketing their primary cash crop "coffee" to the fair trade market has been a core activity, as has been income diversification into other crops. The continual improvement of coffee quality is an ongoing activity.
CENCOIC has established a rotating fund for agricultural and animal husbandry projects.
The co-operative has been able to support local experimental farms and indigenous schools.
Crop and Income Diversification
CENCOIC members cultivate, in addition to coffee, potatoes, dairy products, and cane sugar. The co-operative has created community stores where co-operative members sell their produce.
CENCOIC works to protect the rights of indigenous farmers. It has conducted successful campaigns on land reform and other pertinent indigenous issues.
CENCOIC also takes pride from having undertaken the marketing of its own coffee, noting that by understanding all the aspects of coffee production and exporting they can represent their own coffee through their own structure and thus be more self-determining. Members also receive better prices for their coffee by selling to their own co-operative.