Colombia – Hernando Chantre - Filter - 250g

Colombia – Hernando Chantre - Filter - 250g

Regular price £10

Farm: La Fortuna
Varietal(s): Colombia & Caturra
Processing: 48 hours fermentation & dried on parabolic beds
Altitude: 1,950 metres above sea level
Owner: Hernando Chantre
Town: Los Cauchos
Region: La Plata, Huila
Country: Colombia
Total size of farm: Approx. 5 hectares
Area under coffee: 3 hectares
Tasting notes: 
Black berry, cocoa nib & blue berry finish
  
Additional Information:
Hernando Chantre has been a coffee farmer his entire life. However, it is only recently that he has been able to maximise his farm’s potential for high-quality production. At 1,950 meters, it is no surprise that, by nature, his coffee is exceptional. But with only 3 hectares under production and limited access to specialty coffee markets, Hernando previously saw little profit from farming coffee and used to sell his coffee as wet parchment for whatever the going rate was to his local cooperative. He was dissatisfied (as were many of his neighbours) but didn’t know how to make the most of his farm’s potential for excellence.
It was only about a year ago that members of the large cooperative to which Hernando belonged – in Colombia’s remote Huila department – realized that their location and passion for coffee farming gave them a special edge when it came to producing high quality coffee. Seeing some of the quality initiatives and micro-lot separation that forward-thinking cooperatives around Colombia were exploring, a small group of about 20 producers broke off from the larger regional cooperative to establish their own organization – named Aprocoagrosh (quite a mouthful) - in early 2014.
As of March 2015, the organization has grown to around 30 growers (that’s 50% growth in just over a year!) and has established relationships with Mercanta’s exporting partner, Pergamino, who have worked with other cooperatives in Colombia who seek to harness quality coffee as a means to improving quality of life for their members.
There are all indications that Aprocoagrosh is a cooperative ‘on the way up’. Although the town of La Plata, where most of the farmer members live, lies at only1,000 metres (and is something of a ‘hot box’), most members’ farms lie at 1,900 metres or above in cooler climes. In order to reach these farms, one has to travel straight UP – driving an hour or more into the steep mountains that surround the town centre. Aprocoagrosh members knew that their previous coop wasn’t making full use of this potential for quality coffee production and, furthermore, didn’t represent the interest of all its growers equally. Once they set out on their own, the reached out immediately to the organisation ASORCAFE – located in Inzá, Cauca – knowing that the group had made great headway in the speciality market by working with Mercanta’s exporting partner in Antioquia. ASORCAFE also had a very solid reputation as being run according to very stringent democratic practices. Aprocoagrosh knew they would learn a lot about governance, management and quality production from the group.
ASORCAFE has helped Aprocoagrosh set up shop and establish governance guidelines and has also generously shared their contact with Pergamino (one of Mercanta’s exporting partners in Colombia) with the group.