Origin - Colombia
Producer - Racafe & CIA. S.C.A.
Process - Washed
Altitude - 1400 - 2000 m.a.s.l
Harvest - April - July / October - December
Flavour - Raspberry, Strawberry, Peach
Varietal - Castillo, Colombia
Cundinamarca has 15 provinces and 116 municipalities mainly situated within the Eastern Cordillera of the Andes. Viani is situated in the west. The coffee here is picked by the smallholders and washed, dried, and then taken to the Trilladora Bachue mill in nearby Bogota for cupping, scoring and sorting for export. Due to the many microclimates and changing weather patterns, there is often fresh coffee cropping throughout the year, though generally this is split across the main and mitaca (or ‘fly’) crops. Global warming has seen a significant change across Colombia, bringing challenges to some areas and opportunities to others. Earthquakes and landslides have featured in the coffee areas, but the commitment to quality there remains high.
Racafe, one of Colombia’s leading exporters of specialty coffee, began life in 1932 when the Espinosa brothers started their first business initiative renting bicycles – by 1953 the attention had turned to coffee, and the company rapidly grew to have milling operations in 9 cities across Colombia. Today it remains a family business, albeit a substantial one – and in 2008 Racafe won the SCAA Roasters Guild Coffee of the Year Award.
Their commitment to quality coffee is matched only by their solidarity with producers in the regions they work to create a truly sustainable marketing approach. In their words “We believe in building a better country through leading by example, respecting the law and transmitting to our families the importance of being a good citizen. We promote environmental management and building community by means of open and respectful communications.”