Crankhouse Coffee - Colombia
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Farmers from Jamaica in the Caldas region of Colombia
Colombia & Castillo
1800 - 1900 masl
Notes of Red Plum and Milk Chocolate
Cupping Score - 86
La Trinidad is a community lot selected and processed by CoopeTarrazu as part of a program with our import partner Cafe Imports in the León Cortés area of the Tarrazu region. This program allows separation of lots from specific communities that score over 86 points and they are paid a quality premium. The individual communities receive and decide as a group how the money will be used to improve their coffee production and livelihood. Examples in previous years of the program have seen the premiums used to build Our import partners Raw Material have created a project group called Red Associations with a clear goal to achieve stable and sustainable prices for community coffee lots through improved quality control, shared knowledge, and a connection to the specialty coffee market.
This model provides an average of 2.5x the household income possible compared with the standard marketplace.
Villa María is a Colombian municipality located in the department of Caldas, next to Neira, Palestina, Chinchina and Manizales, which make up the South Central sub- region of the department. The region is fed by numerous sources of water and natural resources. Villa María is located a few kilometers from the city of Manizales, whose urban areas are surrounded by the Chinchiná River.
Red Villamaría currently represents 30 coffee producing families in the surrounding area of Jamaica, Caldas. This Red Associations project is focussed primarily on the construction of a new drying hub for the producers in the region, at an altitude lower than the farm's of the producer members.
This is the 2nd year we've been lucky enough to secure something special from Villa Maria. Last year was the straight up honey. This year we've got this 'community lot', which undergoes a typical 'washed' process, where large water tanks to store fresh water for the community, roofs for schools, and many other projects.
This was one of the community coffees on the cupping table at the Cafe Imports San Jose office that we visited in March on our day away from visiting farms. The community coffees were grouped on the first table (of 4) that we cupped, each table with 8 coffees. La Trinidad stood out on that first table and I scored it 87 points (anything over 80 is considered to be speciality grade, mid-80's are good solid scores, high-80's are exceptional). Amongst the 12 other coffee folk from across Europe and the US and Canada and the 5 Cafe Imports staff it averaged 86. These were some of the descriptors thrown out by the group: red apple, caramel, plum raisin, black tea, melon, minerals, lactic, lemon, citrus peel, green tea, dry.
Started in 1960 with fewer than 300 farmers, the co-op was created in an attempt to step forward in the coffee industry. CoopeTarrazu was established to bring control of regional commercial activities back to the farmers, concerned for both the well being of the farmers and the economic development of the region and to stop the unfair practices of the bigger commercial forces.