Colombia Best of Cauca Village Blend


Colombia Best of Cauca Village Blend

lime - apricot - chocolate

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 REGION: Cauca     FARM: Co-Op     FARMER:  Best of Cauca Co-op
VARIETAL:  Caturra | Castillo     ALTITUDE: 1920 M     PROCESS: Washed     ROAST: Medium



Klatch brings you another award-wining coffee blend of the Best of Cauca, this blend is faithful to the traditional washed profile associated with Colombia: think chocolate, medium acidity, creamy full body. Our cupping notes of lime, apricot and chocolate.

The 9th “Best of Cauca” coffee competition was held with 23 coffee lots and 2 macro-lots called Village Lot and Reserve Lot. These coffee lots were chosen from a selection of more than 100 lots from the Tierradentro region, after earning a cupping score above 86.5 points.

Organized by the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation through the Committee of Coffee Growers of Cauca and Craft Coffee, in partnership with the cooperative farmer organizations Cafinorte, Caficauca. This competition is supported by the Producers to Markets Alliance of the United States Agency for International Development.

The region of Tierradentro is a Colombian indigenous enclave, featuring the municipalities of Inzá and Belalcázar, located in the department of Cauca in southern Colombia. This territory is one of the most important archaeological reserves in Colombia and declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, to help ensure the preservation and protection of indigenous, pre-Colombian culture.

Tierradentro has unique microclimates with the elements of the cooler temperatures of the mountains and the warm winds coming from the Valle de Cauca river. Coffee from this region is characterized by its intense aromatic attributes with a medium to high acidity, a smooth and syrupy body, and a sweet and balanced flavor profile.

About our partner, Coffee for Peace in Colombia:

Coffee for Peace in Colombia is an alliance of coffee farmers and market allies created to develop, facilitate, and promote the trade of traceable coffees from historically violent zones in Colombia. After 50+ years of violence, Colombia is in the middle of a historic peace process. The success of this monumental task rests not only on the political will of the Colombian government and former rebels, but also on the willingness of the international community to partner with and support Colombia economically during this time of transition.

For the thousands of Colombian farmers who live in post-violent regions, this is an opportunity to leave behind the past, where production of illicit crops was the norm, and embrace a peaceful future through the production of specialty coffee. In the regions of Antiquia, Bolivar, Caqueta, Cauca, Meta, and Valle del Cauca, the Coffee for Peace in Colombia initiative seeks to make specialty coffee a key component in the transition to peace. Through focused technical training to improve coffee quality, as well as local and export links, thousands of coffee farmers are tapping into specialty markets, thereby increasing their incomes and helping to sustain the fragile peace process. Coffee has been a faithful companion of Colombia for more than 350 years, and today, it continues to support the building of a new future for Colombian coffee farmers.



23 lots were selected for the auction from the 123 lots that participated in this contest which included the strictest possible quality standards for the physical and the sensory attributes of the beans. The preselection process was carried out by Almacafé, Popayán; in the end 97 lots passed this first selection. Subsequently, a local panel of coffee judges selected from these lots the best 50 lots. These were sent to Bogotá for another thorough cupping selection at the laboratory of the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation. Tierradientro has unique micro-climates with the colder temperatures of the mountains and the warm winds coming from the area of the Valle de Cauca river. The landscape cultivated with coffee trees covers 17,000 hectares and is characterized in the cup by its intense aromatic attributes with a medium to high acidity, a smooth and syrupy body and an overall sweet and balanced flavor profile. 




This region is inhabited by a population of more than 25,000 indigenous people, being one of the most homogeneous groups that still exist in the country. They are the direct descendants of the native population originally found in this territory by the Spanish conquerors, to whom they opposed strong resistance. In the northern part of Cauca there are more than 17,000 autochthonous coffee growing families of the region, among them Afro descendants, Nasa and Misak indigenous groups and mestizas, having indigenous and Spanish descent.