Farm – Selection of small scale producers
Altitude – 1700 – 1900 masl
Location – Andes, Antioquia
Variety – Caturra
Harvest – October to January (main crop). May – August (mitaca crop)
Process – Wet processed
A full bodied coffee with great balance. Cacao, plum, caramel.
Buenos Aires comes from the region of Andes and is made up of a number of small holders each typically having anywhere between 1- 5 Hectares of land and around 5000 – 25000 coffee trees sitting between 1700-1900 masl. Each farmer will traditionally have their own micro beneficio on their small holding. During harvest, they will work with their family to collect the ripe cherry. Each day the cherry will then be de-pulped before being left in a tiled tank underwater for 36 hours to undergo fermentation to help loosen the mucilage around the bean. After this the coffee will then be washed and left to sun dry for between 6-10 days on roof patios. If the weather is not favourable for drying, the coffee will need to be mechanically dried.
Once dried the coffee is then delivered to the local dry mill where it is assessed and grouped according to the quality delivered. The farmers will then receive a secondary payment once the coffee has been sold if it reaches a higher premium. The coffee will be left to rest for approximately one month before being milled ready for shipment.
Lying to the North West of Bogota, Antioquia is one of the biggest coffee producing Departments in Colombia. 94 of its 125 municipalities produce coffee, which highlights the economic importance of coffee to the 6 million people who live there. For many years Antioquia it has been known primarily for producing larger commercial lots of coffee, without really being recognised for the potential to produce specialty grade coffees. The department, like many of the regions in Colombia, is dominated by the dramatic peaks and valleys of The Andes, which provide the perfect combination of high altitude and fertile soils to grow specialty coffee. We have partnered with Co-op Andes, who are based in the south west of the Department. They are making huge strides to improve the quality of coffees in the region, as well as looking to help encourage the next generation of coffee farmers.