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Colombia Futuro Femenino

Colombia Futuro Femenino

from 15.95

We tasted: pear, lemonade, brown sugar

Cooperative: AMACA (140 female members)
Region: El Tambo, Cauca
Processing Method: Washed
Elevation: 1,750 msl
Varieties: Castillo, Caturra, Colombia

AMACA (Asociación de Mujeres Productoras Agropecuarias del Cauca) is a group of female coffee producers located in El Tambo, Colombia, located about 33 kilometers west of the departmental capital, Popayán, in the Andes mountain range.

AMACA was formed in 1999 by 80 women and has grown to 140 members strong. All of the members are women who are farm owners and heads of household—and their coffees are fantastic! All of the members derive their livelihood and the livelihoods of their families from the cultivation and production of coffee.

Some history:

1999- AMACA was formed by a group of 80 women.

2008- AMACA partnered with the Ministry of Agriculture, the governor of Cauca, and the municipality of El Tambo to increase the production and quality of coffee on 80 members’ farms.

2010- The organization “Social Action” supplied 22 farms with new wet mills and processing tanks.

2018- AMACA is made up of 140 active members from three different villages across the El Tambo municipality.

The average farm size is 1 hectare (5,000 trees) per member, but some members have 3+ hectares while many members have less than one. In terms of harvesting and process, most all members harvest only fully ripe cherries, depulping on the same day as harvest, processing on their own farms, and drying on raised beds inside parabolic dryers.

When SQ1 purchased this coffee via Cafe Imports, a premium was paid to AMACA above the value of the coffee itself to support their goals and aspirations as a group. Their mantra is simple: to improve the quality of life for their members and their members’ families. Currently, one of their most pressing needs is a warehouse space to properly receive, cup, manage, and store their coffees. We believe these premiums can help them to accomplish these goals and in turn, support this passionate and strong-willed group of women in their love for and livelihood of quality coffee.

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