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Colombia Tolima
Regular price $12.50
Notes
Orange, Cranberry & Maple
Roast
Light Filter
Process
Washed 
Origin
Colombia

Layered and bursting with sweetness, Orange & Cranberry are the first flavours in this Colombian filter, accented by maple notes. Alongside this fruity sweetness is classic coffee malt with almond nuttyness and subtle melon and lime undertones.

Farmer Cooperatives

  • ASOPEP

Process

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.

Washed

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

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.

 

ASOPEP Cooperative

  • Tolima, Colombia

ASOPEP was founded in 2013 with several objectives: to market their own coffee production, to form their own form of government and to design their own model of farm conservation to guarantee resources to future generations. ASOPEP has 167 members, including strong representation from Women and young people who are enthusiastically involved in their operations.

The cooperative has worked hard to shake the hostile reputation of the Tolima region, the organisation has encountered issues accessing financing due the history of violence that once rocked the region and created the perception of a hostile place for investors and moneylenders. Nevertheless, ASOPEP has transformed this reputation based on quality, reliability, and transparency. Instrumental to this shift was Camilo Enciso, a regional leader and an advocate for the Planadas-region cooperatives. He catalyzed a partnership between several Planadas cooperatives, which has led to greater market visibility for the region and increased presence at trade shows and coffee events around the country. A group of Planadas representatives went to Medellín in 2014, which was the first time that several of the young farmers had ever left the region. Enciso has a clear vision of how to position Planadas and maximize the potential of this unique region.

Social Premiums are invested not only in productive partnerships and strengthening of the organisation, but programs with young people in mind. ASOPEP trains many young people in the region in cupping, Q-Grader certification and other areas of the specialty coffee industry to create sustainable knowledge and empowering young people to stay in the area - a pervasive issue with many coffee growing countries due to limited work opportunities.