Jorge Rojas may very well be considered the poster boy for the young and switched on generation of up and coming coffee producers in Colombia. Farming using a term coined "beyond organic", Jorge makes his own fertilizers, jumps at every opportunity to try experimental processing methods, and has consistently produced fabulous crop after fabulous crop year over year. We are thrilled to bring in his staple caturra & bourbon lot, which is complexity, bright, and beautiful.
Jorge is a member of ASOPEP (Asociación de Productores Ecológicos de Planadas) Cooperative. 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 inMarquetalia, 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 territorialdevelopment.
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 lot was purchased through our friends and sourcing partners, Shared Source, who do an excellent job with pricing transparency, farmer support and finding stand-out lots that we are fortunate to be able to share with you!
Varietals: Caturra / Bourbon Region: La Armenia, Las Planadas, Tolima Altitude: 1800-2000 MASL Processing: Washed