This is our fourth year working with Angel, and third year working with his sister Marta. Once again, we have combined their coffees to create this family blend featuring comforting vanilla and chocolate, sweet cherry and a clean finish.
Producer: Angel and Marta Mejia
Farm: Cooperativea Cafatalera Capucas Limitada (COCAFCAL)
Length of Partnership: 4 years
Every year, the Capucas Cooperative hosts Te Van a Conocer Compa, an internal competition intended to introduce individual producers to specialty coffee roasters such as ourselves, with the hopes of producing long-term relationships. Our work with Angel, and now Marta, is a perfect example of this, as we were introduced to Angel and his coffee in the 2014 edition of Te Van a Conocer Compa.
Harvest Period: January - April
Altitude: 1,350 - 1,500 masl
Variety: Caturra, Catuai
Farm Size: 70 hectares
Along with Te Van a Conocer Compa, the Capucas Cooperative is dedicated to using USDA-certified organic agricultural methods along with fair trade practices. In recent years, they have have built drying facilities to help members process their coffee, along with biodigesters - these create fertilizer out of the wet mill waste from the washed processing. The Cooperative also has a nursery of high-quality, rust-resistant varieties that they distribute to members to promote farm renovation.
Direct Trade Relationship: 5-year relationship with COCAFCAL; 4-year relationship with Angel Mejia; 3-year relationship with Marta Mejia
Shade Grown: Yes