Antioquia lies to the North West of Bogota and is one of the biggest coffee producing Departments in Colombia with 94 of its 125 municipalities producing coffee showing the economic importance of coffee to the 6 million people who live there. The department like many of the regions in Colombia is dominated by The Andes creating dramatic mountains and valleys providing the high altitude and fertile soils to grow specialty coffee. We have partnered with Co-op Andes who are based in the town of Andes which lies to the south west of the Department. They are making huge strides to improve the quality of the coffee as well as looking to help encourage the next generation of coffee farmers in the region
Working in partnership with Co-op Andes, farmers like Juaquin at Las Acacias, have been able to access the Speciality Coffee Market where their micro-lots can be sold separately rather than be bundled into larger commercial lots. All producers who are associated with the Micro lot program will receive initial payments for their parchment on arrival relating to the quality they deliver. Once cupped the coffee will be highlighted and stored separately in the mill. When the coffee is sold the producers then receive a further 60% of the sale profits that the coffee is sold for. All Producers have access to the contracts and final sale prices of their coffees as well have access to exchange rates on the days of conversion into local currency for full transparency.