Red Bank - Colombia
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Smallholders from the El Carmen cooperative in the Huila region of Colombia
Caturra & Castillo
1400 - 2160 masl
Notes of Milk Chocolate, Cherry and Frangipane
We select Mountain Rescue from seasonal crop to deliver a classic, clean and balanced profile that works equally well on espresso and filter. Our latest iteration is grown by 350 smallholder farmers in the hills surrounding El Carmen de Acevedo, and represented by the cooperative Asociación Agropecuaria El Carmen de Acevedo.
Our importing partner Raw Material met with the cooperative members in 2017 to understand what was preventing them from accessing the speciality coffee market. Despite good production levels, income from coffee had dropped to unsustainable levels over the previous few years, and the smallholder families were faced with the prospect of having to find alternative income outside of coffee. The volatility of the commodity coffee market prohibited farmers from investing in the infrastructure improvements required to improve the quality of their coffee. Raw Material also noticed a huge gap between the way coffee quality is evaluated at farm level compared with at the roasting end of the value chain.
On the back of these meetings Raw Material launched the Red Associations with the goal of achieving stable and sustainable prices for the cooperative’s lots through improved quality-control, knowledge-sharing, and a connection to the specialty coffee market. The cooperative now offers extra drying tables to allow the farmers to dry the coffee themselves, as opposed to selling them to local intermediaries at a cheap price. There is also a lab where the farmers can get real time feedback on the quality of their coffee.