Colombia La Unión Nariño FTO
Hoping to arrive by the end of Nov or 1st week of December 2022.
Flavor notes: Sweet and savory with nutty, cocoa, floral, and berry flavors.
Fundación Agraria y Ambiental Para el Desarrollo Sostentible (FUDAM) is a 300-member association of organic-certified (and Rainforest Alliance-certified) growers that was founded by just seven producers who shared a vision of sustainable agriculture as well as environmental protection and development.
- Origin: South America
- Region: Colombia
- Farm: FUDAM
Altitude: 1400 - 2000 masl
- Process: Washed
- Variety: Castillo, Caturra, Colombia
- Harvest/Shipping: Year-Round
- Certifications: Organic, Fair Trade
- Crop Year: 2022
FTO-certified coffees from Colombia are somewhat rare, but producers who adhere to these principles tend to be very committed to both the ecological and social health of their communities.
FUDMA was founded in 2000. This group of smallholders lives in and around the small municipality of La Unión in Nariño. They believe firmly in the principles of sustainability that drove them to band together in the first place. When asked why the group continues to farm organically despite mounting pressure to rely on chemical inputs, the associations' leadership explained, "This is just how we live, these are our values and our way of life."
The farmers pick their coffee during the day and depulp it in the afternoon, typically fermenting the lots for 16-24 hours dry. The coffees are generally washed two or three times before being dried either in small "casa elbas," mechanical dryers, or parabotic dryers. The mechanical drying takes between 25-40 hours, while the other drying structures can take up to 15 days.
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