$18.50 | 12 oz bag
Since 2012, we have been working with farmers in communities around Nariño, Colombia, to create a new supply chain that pays based on quality. The result is an increase in unique, traceable lots and better coffee prices for farmers. Since its inception in 2012, the Urcunina group in the community of La Florida has grown the most in membership, volume, and quality. Because of these achievements, we elected to make a special decaffeinated version of their coffee processed at a plant in Colombia that uses a derivative from sugarcane to remove caffeine. The resulting cup is sweet and complex with notes of maple syrup, apricot, and graham cracker.
We were first introduced to farmers in Nariño, Colombia, in 2012 through the Borderlands project that was initiated by Catholic Relief Services. (The Catholic Relief Services project officially closed in 2017). Before this project, most farmers here had never met a coffee buyer or had any insight into—or recognition for—the quality of the coffee they produce. Through this project, producers have banded together to sell their coffees to roasters and importers, creating a new business model of quality-differentiated coffee previously unseen in Nariño.
Since the outset, we've provided feedback to farmers on their coffees and also committed to purchasing lots from the municipality of La Florida. The success of these coffees has allowed us to expand our focus to more communities, and this year we worked with four different groups to bring six distinct lots to market, as well as a number of outstanding single-farmer lots. Urcunina is the crown jewel of our community lots from the place where we fell in love with Nariño coffee—La Florida—and the people with whom we have worked closest.