Colombia El Ramal

From: $13.20

Seven smallholder members of ASMUCAFE
Region El Ramal, Uribe, Cauca, Colombia
Cultivar Castillo, Colombia
Elevation 1850 1900 masl
Processing Washed

Syrupy caramel, citrus fruits, toffee

ASMUCAFE stands for Asociación de Mujeres Agropecuarias de Uribe, an organization of women farmers and landowners in El Tambo, a municipality within Cauca. The women’s mission as an association is to improve their families’ quality of life through coffee farming, and to contribute positively to their community by working together and sharing resources, knowledge, and support. Our work is determined by our values such as responsibility, honesty, commitment, respect, solidarity, and competitiveness,” they say. 

The coffee for this lot comes from seven women members of ASMUCAFE, located in El Ramal within the municipality of El Tambo:

  • Ana Beiba Orozco Montenegro, from Finca El Arrayan
  • Rosalba Velasco Bambague, from Finca La Palma
  • Bialcy Calvache Valencia, from Finca Los Arrayanes
  • Maria Carmenza Calpa Montenegro, from Finca Ajicito
  • Deiba Sofia Tulande Morales, from Finca Los Naranjos
  • Ana Rosa Montero Guerrero, from Finca Los Derrumbos
  • Yorladis Pino Cruz, from Finca Agua Clara


The coffee, all of which is of Castillo or Colombia variety, is picked as purple (Castillo) or bright red (Colombia) cherry, and undergoes a somewhat unusual double” fermentation process, as the women describe it: First, the cherries are left in the loading hoppers for 14 hours, then they are depulped in the afternoons and evening hours and placed into traditional open fermentation tanks for another 10 hours. Then they are washed three to four times before being dried either in parabolic dryers or in the sun for 8–12 days.


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