Women-led family farms secure premiums for increasing quality
Sweet and savory with splashes of juicy fruit
This regional lot is a delicious sugar browning-focused coffee from AMACA (Asociación de Mujeres Productoras Agropecuarias del Cauca), a group of women producers in the El Tambo region of Colombia's Cauca Department. AMACA began as an 80-member group in 1999 and has grown to 140 women across 3 villages, all actively farming specialty coffee, leading their households, and collaborating together to improve coffee production and quality and to improve the quality of life for all AMACA member families. Often the men in this region leave for extended periods to find better economic opportunities, and each smallholder producer grows on an average of 1 hectare (5,000 trees) for the livelihood of her family.
By paying higher premiums above the value of this coffee, the purchase of this lot directly advances opportunities for AMACA to continue their trajectory towards better production facilities, higher quality, and a stronger community. An immediate goal is to build a regional warehouse to safely store, evaluate, and manage their coffees, especially as their incredible story and coffees gain traction in markets across the world.
We encourage paper filtered, by-the-cup pour over methods to get the most articulate brews of this balanced, brown gem. Dial-into dark cherries, brown sugar, and splashes of citrus by starting with a 1:16.5 brew ratio, filtered water at 206-208℉, a medium grind, and a 3-3.5 minute brew cycle. The extraction yield ranges from Meyer lemon and cherry at the lower end to chocolate and hazelnut cookies at higher yields.