STRAWBERRY, PRALINE, CREAMY, SWEET
Grower: Yohn Wilmer Cuellar Rodriguez, Nicolas Leyton Fiesco, Jesús Maria Cruz, and Álvaro Perdomo Ospina
Variety: Castillo and Caturra
Region: Acevedo, Huila, Columbia
Altitude: 1500-1730 meters
Soil: Clay minerals
Process: Fully washed and dried inside solar dryers that provide protection from the rain
Coffee cultivation from small family owned farms is the backbone of production in Colombia. Banexport, a Colombian export company, works directly with many of these producers who have a shared commitment for exquisite coffee processing, and loving care for their farms and the environment. Banexport helps producers gain access to technical support regarding best practices for farm management, processing the harvest, and cupping feedback, which helps producers improve the quality of their coffee. The model of collaborative effort produces traceable community blends with vibrant regional profiles. This lot comes from 4 producers (Yohn Wilmer Cuellar Rodríguez, Nicolás Leyton Fiesco, Jesús María Cruz, and Álvaro Perdomo Ospina) with small farms in the municipality of Acevedo within the department of Huila.
With guidance from Banexport each producer follows the same post-harvest protocols, which allows for consistent blending from their respective farms. Each producer focuses on selective picking, then floats the cherries to remove damaged and underdeveloped beans, depulps to remove the skin and ferments 12-24 hours to remove the mucilage before washing the coffee seeds. The wet parchment is dried to 11 percent moisture over a period of 15 days on raised beds. After processing, Banexport provides crucial logistical support for things like warehousing and milling coffee for export to the international market, which provides better income for everyone to reinvest in their farms and strengthen their families’ livelihoods.