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ABOUT THE COFFEE:
Cupping notes: Well rounded, good overall acidity, light to medium body, notes of brown sugar, orange, and sugar cane when roasted at medium.
Cultivation: High-grown in volcanic soils, in the mountains of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, near the town of Atanquez, department of Cesar
Altitude: 6,500 feet plus
Varieties: Typica and Caturra
Preparation: Fully washed, sun dried on patios
ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO GROW IT: This coffee is grown on the slopes of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains by 150 families on 3 hectare plots. They are all part of the ASOPROKAN cooperative, a certified organic coffee producer. ASOPROKAN—a Spanish acronym for “Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta Agroecological Indigenous Kankuamo Producers Association”—was formed by the Kankuamo people themselves to protect their indigenous way of life, provide an economically sustainable livelihood for their families, and to care for the earth in ways that are consistent with their values and beliefs.
The Kankuamo are an indigenous people of Colombia, estimated at around 15,000 individuals, and speak Sánha, a dialect of the Atanque language of the Chibcha family. Their spiritual values are tied closely to their natural environment, as they consider the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the highest mountain range closest to the sea, as sacred. In their native tongue they call this Umunukunu.
The tight knit community has a strong cultural identity with unique language, traditions and beliefs. The region has been subject to extreme conflict from leftist and right wing groups during decades of political instability and drug-based violence, given the isolation of the terrain. Despite these threat, the indigenous community has thus far been successful in protecting their culture and raising awareness for land conservation and indigenous rights.
The coop manages a wet processing mill in the town of Atanquez in the Department of Cesar. After being washed, the beans are sun dried on patios and bagged for shipment. In 2012, Fair Trade USA awarded this cooperative, and one from Peru, a highly competitive grant worth $60,000, to invest in crop productivity and quality management.
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