We currently have a range of Colombian value selection coffees. The coffees are still fresh and were harvested end of 2017, with arrival in Europe early 2018. These coffees are well scoring, traceable and bought in bigger volumes for the purpose of having offers at lower price levels. The criterias on quality, premiums to the producers and supply chain management is the same as for our general product range, but by scaling up on lot sizes etc you as a roaster will benefit from the economy of scale. The idea is that these coffees can fit the needs for both volume coffees for filters and blenders for espressos.
We are currently offering four different coffee concepts in this category from Colombia: El Desvelado, Bruselito, La Magdalena, El Chivero and La Claudina. They are generally based on projects where we have micro lot programs, but all of these producers and cooperatives have additional volumes of great coffees that we can bring in as blended producer/farm coffees.
Farmers in Colombia are small and are on average having 1-2 hectar planted with coffee each. They pick and process the coffees on their farm in small scale wet mills, and dry them in small parabolic dryers, often on a rooftop. The harvesting season is often spread out across many months of the year, so they don’t have big batches to deliver at the same time. They are almost always separating their production in smaller lots, and a typical delivery can be a few hundred kilos at the time. Most producers we work with are members of a cooperative that buy their parchment. In some cases we work with exporters that are having programs with the producers and buy their coffees directly outside of the cooperative. When the producers are delivering lots that are cupping well and big enough to keep them separate we will often choose to keep them separated. But there is a limit to how many micro lots we can buy, as well as there is a lot of smaller deliveries of less than 500 kg’s. They will often go in to our producer blends. And many of these blends can easily perform better in blends than in micro lots. Sometimes we cup and blend ourselves. But we are also part of programs where the Coops are pre blending and are offering us 50-100 bag lots. And this will also keep the coops cost down and justifies a lower price point.
Is coffees from the Cafe Occidente Cooperative operating in and around Pasto in Narino. Its mainly from small farms in the Yacuanger and the Samaniego region. Altitudes can be up to 2000 meters. In general these producers delivers small lots of parchment. The Cooperative has a quality program. They will do a quality analysis on the physicals as well as cupping the coffees. When they meet the criterias for their premium blends they will make 50 - 100 bag lots that are offered to us through our exporter. We have been buying these coffees for almost three years now and they have proven to be consistent on a high scoring level. Narino is different in terms of climate and growing conditions compared to e.g. Huila. The coffees can often be brighter with more florals, and sometimes more towards the East African flavor profiles.
Is a name we came up with for coffees from the Bruselas and Pitalito area in Southern Huila. These coffees are offered through the CadefeHuila Cooperative, probably the largest Cooperative in Colombia. They have invested in purchasing points in both Pitalito and Bruselas. This is also done in partnership with an exporter investing in their own local staff to follow up on the quality and producers. Even if the coffees are from smallholders the individual lots in the blend can be larger than in Narino. The coffees are often classic Huilas, rich, with classic fruity and complex chunky mature berry flavors.
Is a river in Huila that passes through the Tarqui region in central Huila. In cooperation with an exporter that has a purchasing point for parchment we do a mix of micro lots from single producers and make up our own producer blends that we name La Magdalena. This is also where we have an annual coffee competition for the producers. The increase of quality since we started this program 3 years ago has been amazing. There are many small producer associations that now rely on us to buy their coffees annually. There are generally two harvests in Tarqui, and we try to purchase coffees there two times per year, but it varies as the harvest lately have been a little odd due to a weird climate and raining pattern.
El Chivero and La Claudina
Is of a different concept. Even if it’s mainly small holders in most regions in Colombia these are from Antioquia, where there is a good amount of medium to large farms. 30-50 hectares is not uncommon. We work with a producer/exporter named Juan Saldarriaga. He has two family farms that he manages as well as taking on management for his friends. He is doing a lot of special preparations and naturals etc that we keep separate. But he’s also producing normal, well scoring coffees. We buy these at slightly lower prices as he has the advantage of a bigger production. When they are from one farm only we brand them by the farm name, like La Claudina. When we find smaller lots from the different farms and choose to blend them we call them El Chiverro. It’s the name of a mountain goat. The coffees from Antioquia is cupping differently. Can be very fruit driven, but at the same time also also very bold and solid, rich and sometimes cocoa like. Still super clean and transparent with loads of complexity to them.