Colombia - Coocentral Coop
Farm - Coocentrral Cooperative (Huila, Colombia)
Altitude - 1200 - 2000 meters
Varietal - Caturra (80%), Colombia, Castillo
Processing - Processing is straight forward Colombia style: manual depulping on hand crank machines, and then washed.
Taste notes - Citrus, Caramel, and Honey
Why should you drink it? - This is just a lovely, straight forward cup of coffee with great balance, caramel sweetness, and a smooth finish.
Coocentral is a large, well-organized cooperative that buys over 10.2 million kilograms of parchment coffee from 16,625 members throughout the department of Huila, Colombia. The department of Huila is located in south-central Colombia in the municipalities of: Gigante, Garzón, Agrado, Pital, Tarquí, Guadalupe, and Suaza. This area is known for producing a higher-altitude coffee in a more temperate climate. Coocentral provides trainings and technical assistance for members, both in person and through a magazine published by the cooperative that provides market information and technical tips. The cooperative manages a wide portfolio of certifications, including fair trade, Utz Kapeh, and Rainforest Alliance. The cooperative provides credit for members. Coocentral's motto is "Una gran familia al servicio del caficultor, comprometida con el desarrollo de la región," which means "A big family serving coffee producers and dedicated to the development of the region."
The family farmers that make up Coocentral are responsible for caring for the coffee from the moment it is planted on their farms, which are an average of 4.5 acres. Most of the coffee plants range from two to nine years old. Farmers prune, fertilize, and weed the coffee before the harvest. Once cherries have reached the peak of ripeness, farmers pick the coffee and de-pulp it on-site. The coffee cherry is returned to the soil as compost. The coffee is then washed, fermented, and sun-dried on each individual farm. Once the coffee parchment is dry, farmers drive the coffee to the cooperative, or the mill. The coffee is classified and milled, and packed in 70 kg sacks for export. Coffee from Coocentral is exported via the port of Buenaventura or the port of Cartagena.
Price - $16.00 12 ounces (340 grams)