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Colombia - El Tambo Women's Coop
Farm: Smallholder Members of AMACA (Asociación de Mujeres Productoras Agropecuarias del Cauca)
Region: El Tambo, Cauca, Colombia
Process: Fully washed and dried with parabolic dryers
Altitude: 1,715–1,750 Meters
Certification: Women's Produced
This Colombia boasts some smooth chocolate notes with a nutty undertone. This is not as crisp as other Colombia offerings but still shows some light citrus fruit acidity. It is easy to drink and clean with a white tea and wild flower finish.
AMACA (Asociación de Mujeres Productoras Agropecuarias del Cauca) is a group of women producers located in El Tambo, Cauca, Colombia that was formed in 1999 by 80 women from El Tambo, in Colombia’s Cauca department. Now AMACA is 140 smallholder members strong, all women farm owners and heads of household—and their coffees are fantastic. All of the members derive their livelihood and the livelihoods of their families from the cultivation and production of coffee. In 2008, AMACA partnered with the Ministry of Agriculture, the governor of Cauca, and the municipality of El Tambo to increase the production and quality of coffee on 80 members’ farms. In 2010, the organization “Social Action” supplied 22 farms with new wet mills and processing tanks. Today, 140 active members from three different villages across the El Tambo municipality make up AMACA. The average farm size is 1 hectare (5,000 trees) per member, some members have 3+ hectares and many members have less than one. In terms of harvesting and process, most all members harvest only fully ripe cherries, depulping on the same day as harvest, processing on their own farms, and drying on raised beds inside parabolic dryers.
Colombia as a Country
Size - 1,138,910 sq km
Capital City - Bogotá
Main Port City - Buenaventura, Cartagena
Population - 47,220,856 (estimated July 2016)
Language/s Spoken - Spanish (official)
Population Involved in Coffee - 600,000 farmers (estimated)