Name: El Aguila
Producer: Red Associations
Origin: Valle del Cauca
Varietal: Caturra, Castillo, Colombia
Altitude: 1600- 2000 metres above sea level
Flavours: Blackberry, Honeydew & Plum
Cup Score: 86.75
Where is it from?
In 2017, one of our importers, Raw Material met with producer groups in Colombia to understand what is preventing farmers from accessing the speciality market.
Despite good production levels, income from coffee for these families has dropped to unsustainable levels over the past few years. They faced a crossroad; either find alternative means of income outside coffee or find a more stable and
During these discussions, farmers describe their core challenges: a lack of key infrastructure; and lack of stable prices to provide certainty for investment in improved quality. In speaking with these farmers, it also became evident that there was a wide gap between how coffee quality is discussed and measured at farm level compared with the roasting end of the value chain.
To address these challenges, Raw Material launched the Red Associations. With new infrastructure in place, they are able to pay individual farmers a minimum fixed price of 1M COP/carga of dry parchment coffee they
produce through a community lot.
This price results in double the household income of a typical coffee producing family, compared with the average income in the regular market over the past 5 years. Once the new infrastructure is built, fixed price payments can get directly to producers through a transparent system. The goal is to achieve stable and sustainable prices for community coffee lots through improved quality control, shared knowledge, and a connection to the speciality coffee market. Red in Spanish means network, representing the producers and roasters working together to create a sustainable value chain.
The municipality of El Aguila is known for its abundant coffee production, which is the region’s main source of income. The coffee quality and fertile lands make this one of the most important economic centres of the North of Valle del Cauca.
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