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It’s an all-rounder so any time of day!
The ARGCAFFE group has a history that is common to many producer groups. Five years ago, a neighbourhood group of producers (17 at the time) started to work together in an attempt to find better prices and a better market for their coffee. Argelia is a fairly remote southern part of Cauca state, and these guys live fours hours from the main highway, across three valleys.
They now have multiple projects running, helped by governmental funding, to provide their members with education, coffee pulpers and construction materials for their farms. By 2017, the initial 17 had grown to 89, and had joined forces with Banexport, the specialty exporter whom visited this year with our friends at Café Imports.
Currently, ARGCAFEE has a warehouse and cupping lab. They are democratically structured and have a director, legal representative, representative of the producers, accountant, secretary, and a technical committee — all of which are chosen by popular vote amongst the members.
Future goals with ARGCAFEE include a coca-reduction incentive program in which a higher premium price will be paid to producers that choose to replant sections of their land with coffee instead of the coca that is currently in production here.
We had the chance to meet the current president of the ARGCAFFE group this year in Popayan, when on a trip to Colombia, and we’re delighted to have started working with them. To read more from our travels this year in Colombia, see here
In terms of flavour, this is classically Colombian – expect plenty fo juicy orange acidity, and then lashings of caramel flavours to follow. There’s also some complexity going on, we get some red grape, toffee apple, and even some cherry bakewell aromas on occasion. It’ll work in any brew method you use, but it really shines in filter, V60 or aeropress.
N.B: To be clear: coca leaf production in this area, and Colombia, is quite common. Often times there is a lack of any job or employment opportunities in remote areas, and land-owners choose to plant both coffee and coca to diversify their production and holdings, especially in times with the value of coffee is low.
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COFFEE BEAN SPECIFICATION
Catuai, Castillo, Colombia
1,200 – 2,000m
89 smallholder farmers in the Argcaffe group
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