- Origin: Colombia
- Region: Antioquia
- Farmer: Maria Aurora Serna
- Washing station: La Esperanza
- Crop: 2020
- Altitude: 1950m
- Variety: Castillo
- Processing: Fully washed
A note from our supplier, Sucafina:
For Maria Aurora, coffee is progress. She says that everything she has been able to build has come from coffee. From her birth on the farm to when she inherited the land at age 25, Maria Aurora has lived her life on the forested slopes of Finca La Esperanza. Maria Aurora grows mainly Castillo plants on her farm. She prefers Castillo for its pest resistance and large beans. She and Guillermo as constantly improving the farm with rootstock renovations, pruning and more. After selective handpicking, they pulp cherry and then wet ferment it for 20 hours. Following fermentation, they wash the parchment in clean water and sun dry it.
Located in the Andes Mountain range, Antioquia has a wealth of microclimates. The change in microclimates is visible to naked eye by watching the roadside vegetation changing along a drive on winding mountain roads. Thanks to the humid climate and high altitudes near 2,000 meters above sea level, there’s pretty amazing and diverse coffees to be found.
Sergio Fajardo, governor of Antioquia department, is determined to prove just how remarkable Antioquia is. He launched a campaign that invests in educating people across all stratas of society. Everywhere you drive in Antioquia, you’ll see banners, stickers and that proudly declare “Antioquia, la más educada.” The phrase translates directly to: “Antioquia, the most educated” and it highlights that Antioquia the most educated department in Colombia. The focus on education in Antioquia translates into a focus on sharing knowledge that can improve coffee production and quality.
Widespread education in Antioquia directly affects coffee quality. The first phase of Fajardo’s program is focused on coffee. Coffee is the most important source of revenue for the region. The program focuses on making more traditional farmers aware of new farming practices, of more ecologically responsible methods, new varieties, and so on. The goal is to improve the general quality of the coffee produced in the region and to inspire the younger generations to follow in their parents’ footsteps.
Colombia has been producing and exporting coffee that are renowned or their full body, bright acidity and rich aftertaste, since the early 19th century. Thanks to its wide range of locations, climates and altitudes Colombia can meet demand for coffee throughout the whole year.
Colombia boasts a wide range of climates and geographic conditions that, in turn, produce their own unique flavors in coffee. This wide range of climates also means that harvest times can vary quite a bit. In fact, between all its different regions, Colombia produces fresh crop nearly all year round.
Besides its wide variety of cup profiles, Colombia has grown very quickly over the last ten years in certified coffee. Most common certifications one could find are Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance, UTZ and Organic. The increasing focus on the specialty industry is changing the way traders and farmers do business. It is becoming more common for farmers to isolate the highest quality beans in their lots to market separately. These higher quality lots are often sold under specific brands or stories.
Our coffee comes in craft paper bags which contain a plastic liner on the inside to guarantee freshness of our coffee. Please dispose properly at your local plastic trash container. The Village Coffee is roasted fresh every week, and best consumed within four weeks after roast date. Store your coffee in a dry, dark and cool place, avoid the fridge.