#12 Antioquia - Colombia (decaffeinated filter)
Tasting Notes: Red Berry, Caramel, Cacao
ALTITUDE: 1750-2000 masl
PROCESS: Washed & Sparkling Water Decaffeinated
Roasted especially for filter.
Co-op Andes Antioquia
Antioquia department is situated in the North-West of Colombia, with the main city in the area being Medellin. This region was the first to grow coffee in Colombia and is also where the FNC was created. Antioquia also produces the most of any region in Colombia, with around 130,000 hectares of coffee. Co-op Andes is a large cooperative of small holder producers, and has an extensive farmer training programme and invests a lot in educating young farmers, as well as setting tiered rewards for high cup scores.
Coop Andes is the largest coop in Antioquia producing over 300,000 bags a year. The work Coop Andes does with its member producers mirrors the farmer training programs our sister companies Tembo and RTC have developed in East Africa. Large scale investment in farmer training, agricultural support, micro finance and broader social education has seen Coop Andes raise the standard of living for its members significantly.
Over the past 10 years Coop Andes has invested:
- $2million in higher education for its members paying 100% of tuition fees for 1 in 5 member families.
- Over $300,000 in health care, school kits & sport
All of the producers of these microlots have benefited from the Delos Andes training programme, which has helped them to create composting systems, make regular soil analyses for targeted fertiliser application and to increase yield and quality. Many of the producers are small holder farmers, who inherited a few hectares of land which have been producing coffee for generations.