Colombia Dina Maria Quesada
Notes of white raspberry, milk chocolate, molasses.
Dina is a member of ASOPEP (Asociación de Productores Ecológicos de
Planadas) Cooperative, and this coffee was purchased through a local competition they put on, which makes it very unique and special. ASOPEP operates in the dense agro-climatic conditions in the town of Planadas, which is one of the most interesting coffee towns in Colombia. This region was the birthplace of one of the biggest rebel groups in Colombia – FARC (born in Marquetalia, one of their villages), and as a result of its isolation with a lack of road access, many producers in this region began to develop their own models of territorial development.
ASOPEP is a very young organization, founded in 2013. There are 318 associated families –202 coffee producers and 116 cocoa producers. They are all small farms, with women managing the household and farming operations as well as the youngest generation fully involved in the coffee production, and are likely to carry on the family tradition of coffee farming. The group also champions home-made organic fertilizers and biological controls of fungicides and pesticides that go way beyond what is required by organic certifiers. The group is deeply committed to soil and water preservation, and the sustainable development of their community.
This coffee was sourced by our friends at Shared Source. Michelle & Andrew, with their staff and partners in Colombia, do an excellent job with providing pricing transparency, while develop lifelong relationships with their farming partners.
Varietals: Variedad Colombia
Region: El Salvador, Planadas, Tolima
Altitude: 1310-2110 MASL