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Colombia, Women's Cooperative

Made for cold weather, this coffee reminds us of late fall flavors: granny smith apple, caramel, and warm cocoa. A chameleon across brew methods, it can mellow out on a flat bottom brew basket with layers of heavy chocolate, then show some delightful tart apple flavors on conical pourovers like a Hario V60.

    The Story

    This tasty coffee is sourced from family-owned farms organized around the Asociación de Mujeres Cafeteras Plan Mil, an all women's organization that operates in the  municipality of Balcón del Cesar within the department of Cesar, Colombia. Mujeres Cafeteras was founded in 1998 and many women started planting with 1000 coffee trees as they were walking away from farming coca trees. Today, Mujeres Cafeteras provides technical support, and access to the international coffee market for 58 members, from which 33 farms have achieved their organic certification. On average, producers cultivate coffee on 27 acres of land using their own micro-mills to depulp and dry coffee. Mujeres Cafeteras share the farm work with their husbands /partners. As a way of diversify their income, women are supporting their youth to start a coffee roasting program aimed to supply the local market with high quality coffee. In addition to coffee production, members of Mujeres Cafeteras harvest and sell plantains, bananas, squashes, cassava, beans, corn, and yams.

    Origin Information

    Grower
    Asociación de Mujeres Cafeteras Plan Mil
    Variety
    Caturra, Castillo, and Typica
    Region
    Balcón del Cesar, Cesar, Colombia
    Harvest
    September- January
    Altitude
    1520 - 1680 meters
    Soil
    Clay minerals
    Process
    Fully washed and dried inside solar dryers that provide protection from the rain
    Brewing Method Recommendation: This coffee really does well across most filter brew methods. Clint has been digging the french press recently.
    • Dose · 15g (about 2 big tablespoons of whole bean prior to grinding)
    • Water · 240g (about 8oz)
    • Water to Coffee Ratio: 16 to 1 by weight
    • Total Time: 3:30 for Kalita, 4:00 for french press
    • Notes: Flat bottom filter brewers mellow things out while v60 turns the tart apple up to an 11!

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