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POPAYAN RESERVE, COLOMBIA

Location: Popayan, Cauca department

Altitude: 1500-2070 masl.

Varietal: Colombia, Caturra & Catuaí

Process: Washed

Flavour profile: Cherry and Maple syrup

Popayan, Cauca is located in the Colombian Massif. It is in a plateau located at nearly 1,700 masl and in its surroundings coffee is produced in beautiful undulating slopes. The so-called 'Meseta de Popayan' is sheltered by the Andes mountain range which helps generate a homogenous climate and outstanding Colombian coffees.

 

The Popayan Reserve program involves 100 selected farms in the department of Cauca. This program provides work directly to at least 400 people during the harvest time. Cofinet carefully select each of the 100 farms that contribute to this program to build long term relationships with the producers. Their commitment through this program is to offer a sweet and balanced coffee with a score of 84.5 points.

 

This program also encourages farmers to focus on quality and offers higher premiums for coffees that score above 85 points. When a coffee scores above this mark, they then qualify for the Regional or Regional Plus programs. These programs offer further premiums based on the quality of the cup score.

 

Here is a list of the benefits that are provided to the producers that are chosen to be a part of the Popayan Reserve:

 

- Producers have access to agronomist visit every 4 months where recommendations are made to improve plant heath and increase yields.

- Farmers are invited to cup their own coffees and receive feedback on strategies for improving their cup quality.

- They are able to provide credit for essential farm equipment if it is needed.

- To achieve consistency on our final product they always mix coffees from 5 farms.

 

In partnership with Cofinet

Courtesy of Campbell & Syme

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HORIZON,

RWANDA

Location: Huye District, Southern Province

Altitude: 1700 masl

Variety: Red Bourbon

Process: Natural

Flavour profile: Red Cherry, Lemon Drizzle, Maple

Horizon is a washing station located in the hills of southern Rwanda, where a combination of high altitude and good rains give some of the highest quality from the country.

Leo Fidele Ndagijimana, the owner, purchased the wet mill from a previous owner who had failed to operate it and was not able to process coffee for many years. After buying the washing station at end of 2018, Fidele replaced and fixed the mill’s machinery. He used his experience from managing washing stations in the western Rwanda to create a new benchmark for quality. 

Fidele named the wet mill Horizon to guide his vision of processing quality coffee. The station receives cherry from very small farmers in the area and separates the lots by the week they are delivered. For the following harvest, the Horizon team is focused on scaling up the systems they’ve put in place.

Courtesy of Old Spike