This coffee comes from the region of Cañasgordas located high in the mountains of Western Antioquia northwest about 3 hours north west of Medellin, Colombia. In this region the COOPENOCC Cooperative supports its members who all mainly work and live on small 1ha farms. The cooperative was formed in May 1987 with producers coming together as they were dissatisfied with options for selling and marketing of their coffees.
The Café Cereza Processing Center, located in the municipality of Cañas gordas, opened its doors in 2015 to more than 100 producer families associated with the project, who see in the Central an opportunity to improve their quality of life.
The Cooperativa de Caficultores del Occidente de Antioquia carried out educational workshops with the producers, in which they were taught the method of purchasing cherries and how to operate a processing center that will be of socio-economic impact for the community. The families involved in the project have their coffee farms located in regions close to the processing plant or with facilities to transport the cherries to the plant. This new way of working allowed the community to improve the quality as they had greater control over uniformity and consistency having a centralised wet mill.
This has allowed many benefits for the growers
– Reduced Home Processing cost at farm
– Reduced infrastructure expenses
– Higher cash flow
– Access to daily coffee prices
– Reduction of quality risks and deterioration of coffee
– Decrease in environmental impact
– Free time to dedicate to family and other tasks
The pulp from the cherries is used now to create fertiliser which producers have access too.
The implementation of technology as well at the mill has redcued water consumption from 30 litres/kg to just 5 litres/kg needed for the pulping process.
The coffee is delivered, floated and sorted before then being pulped and fermented in tiled tanks overnight. The coffee is then taken to raised beds where it is dried for the next 8 – 14 days.