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Tolima Gaitania (Espresso)

Tolima Gaitania (Espresso)

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Grower 89 members of Cooperativa Multiactiva Comercializadora de Café y Granos del Norte Del Huila (FABICOOP LTDA)
Variety Bourbon, Caturra, Castillo, Colombia, Gesha, F8, and Tabi
Region Gaitania, Planadas, Tolima, Colombia
Harvest February – November | March – June
Altitude 1,560 – 2,010 Meters Above Sea Level
Soil Sandy Loam
Process Fully washed and dried inside solar dryers that provide protection from the rain
Certifications Organic

For many years, Tolima has remained hidden in plain sight, cradled between other well-known coffee growing regions, because armed conflict and coca leaf production isolated small coffee producers and exposed them to high rates of violence. During this time the municipality of Planadas, located in the southernmost corner of Tolima, had remained an untapped source of specialty coffee where thousands of producers have been cultivating coffee on just a few acres of land intercropped with shade trees, bananas, corn, beans and sugar cane. As conflict has subsided in recent years, locally organized associations have taken the lead in creating market access for these producers. Established in 2013 with 49 producer-members, FABICOOP has focused on certifications and training producers in best organic practices. The cooperative has invested in basic infrastructure needs like road improvements, establishing local warehouses, creating micro-credit for producers and investing in social programs on a larger and more impactful scale, using the collective resources generated from the sale of coffee. Environmental training programs, healthcare initiatives, life insurance, and educational opportunities are just some of the ways the cooperative strives to improve the quality of life for coffee producers and their families