Green-Unroasted Colombia Best of Cauca Village Blend


Green-Unroasted Colombia Best of Cauca Village Blend

Green-Unroasted Coffee Beans

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




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 historic violent zones in Colombia. Colombia is in the middle of a historic peace process, after fifty plus years of violence. The success of this monumental task rests not only on the political will of the government of Colombia and former rebels, but also on the willingness of the international community to support Colombia economically during this transition. For the thousands of farmers who live in post-violent regions of Colombia, this is an opportunity to leave behind the violence of 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 Antioquia, Bolivar, Caqueta, Cauca, Meta and Valle del Cauca, Coffee for Peace in Colombia initiative is seeking to make specialty coffee a key component in the transition to peace. Through targeted technical training to improve coffee quality, as well as market linkages, 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. Today it continues to support the construction of a new future for the coffee farmers.



The ninth edition of the “Best of Cauca” coffee competition was held with 23 coffee lots and the two macro-lots called Village Lot and Reserve Lot, which will participate in the virtual auction, organized by the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation through the Committee of Coffee Growers of Cauca and Craft Coffee, in collaboration with the cooperative farmer organizations Cafinorte, Caficauca, supported by the Producers to Markets Alliance of the United States Agency for International Development. These coffee lots were chosen from a selection of more than 100 lots from the Tierradentro region, for their cupping score above 86.5 points using the SCA protocol.



Tierradentro, is a first-rate Colombian indigenous enclave, featuring the municipalities of Inzá and Belalcázar, located in the department of Cauca in southern Colombia. Tierradentro is one of the ancient Pre-Columbian cultures of Colombia with populated mountainous areas and an economy based on agriculture. This territory is one of the most important archaeological reserves in Colombia and declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site for being an important reservoir of pre-Columbian culture.



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.