Colombia "Timana Huila" Decaf 12 oz.

Colombia "Timana Huila" Decaf 12 oz.

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Timaná is located in the south of Huila, 180 km away from the state´s capital, Neiva. It lies between the central and Cordillera Central and Occidental, near the famous Valley of Laboyos. It is a prime location for growing high quality Colombian coffee.

Working within this area is the producer organization, the Association of Agricultural Producers of Timaná (Asprotimaná). The association was created by a small group of coffee growers in 2002 as a way to increase their bargaining power and achieve a better price for their coffee. Their current members number 150 coffee producers, who, on average, produce around 10,000 bags of green coffee annually.

Fair Trade Certification initially permitted the group to build a small fund, which they used to build strong foundations and an infrastructure for the association – including a warehouse, a local cupping lab and pre-financing capabilities. By separating their best coffees and betting on cup quality rather than just relying on certification premiums, they have been able to grow this fund even further and use it for multiple programs, all to the benefit of the growers that are members of the association. The benefits range from crop insurance and technical assistance to discounts on fertilizer and farm equipment. Most importantly, members of Asprotimaná are assured crop financing, which helps farmers invest in the necessary inputs to achieve quality in the cup.

Every weekend during Huila’s harvest, Asprotimaná members bring their parchment coffee to the town of Timaná, where the association is based. There, each coffee is analyzed and cupped by the association´s team of professional cuppers, who have been trained to the most exacting standards. If the coffee comes from a grower who has previously produced coffee of very high quality or if the coffee cups above 84 points, the sample is sent to Mercanta’s partner, Santa Barbara Estate Coffee, whose dry mill is located in Medellin. There, Santa Barbara’s team cups the coffee again. Only samples of the very best coffees from each harvest are then sent through to Mercanta for our own assessment. During the 2016/17 harvest, Santa Barbara cupped more than 1,500 samples to select the coffees that have been separated out as micro lots (10%) or included in regional blends (20%), such as this one.