Red Association Espresso - Washed 350g (Colombia)
Raisin, Milk Chocolate & Digestive Biscuits.Region: El Aguila, Huila
Variety: Caturra, Castillo & Colombia
Producer: Red Association
Altitude: 1500-1900mImporter: Raw Materials
Crop Year: 2019
Please note: We roast and package our coffee to order every Monday for postage the following Wednesday. To ensure we get your order in time, please place them before 9am on Monday.
Red Association is a project our green-buyer Raw Material have undertaken in the Huila region of Colombia to help improve the lot of the region's coffee producers in every respect. Due to deficiencies in local infrastructure or a lack of educational or material resources, the farmers often struggle to become involved with the speciality coffee market and the more sustainable business potentially to be found there.
Raw Material are working hard at origin to change that. Building washing stations and teaching better processing methods for getting the best out of the coffee, they are also improving farming practices and thus the quality and yield of the farmers' crop. The infrastructure needed to transport harvests and workers across the land is also being systematically upgraded to ensure nothing comes between the farmers and their potential market.
They are also ensuring a sustainable career for the farmers and their families by guaranteeing a higher minimum price for the crop than both the market and local standard. They also promise to buy the entire crop that achieves the standards they are helping to promote and establish. This is a massive boon to farmers who historically would not know from one season to the next whether they would find a buyer for their produce and thus have anything even approaching an income by the time the next season comes around.
The region has a vast and varied terrain, covering an area between 1500-1900m above sea level, multiple microclimates exist from farm to farm, meaning a staggered harvest season from one participant in the project to the next.
The municipality of El Aguila is known for its abundant coffee production, which is the region’s main source of income. The coffee quality and fertile lands make this one of the most important economic centers of the north of Valle del Cauca. The varietals in this coffee are often overlooked as far as their flavour potential, seen more as robust coffees capable of thriving in conditions other coffees would succumb to disease. However, through careful growing practices and thoughtful processing, we have here a coffee with a big fruity body, a pleasing raspberry tartness and the smooth sweetness of dried fruit. As supporters of the Red Association Project, we are honoured and proud to be able to offer you this coffee, a symbol of the good the project has achieved.