Project Direct in Colombia
The Huila Region
Southwest of Bogota lies the state of Huila in Colombia. Nestled amongst the mountains of the Cordillera Oriental, Huila is also home to Colombia's second highest peak, the Nevado del Huila volcano and is carved by the great Magdalena River. The Huila region is one of Colombia's most important coffee growing regions, and is also the home of a deep farming tradition in Colombia. The rich soils and lush climate provide ideal growing conditions for a variety of crops in addition to coffee, including yucca, sugar cane, bananas, cocoa and beans.
Project Direct Colombia comes from a select grouping of small famers in the Palermo and Santa Maria regions of the state of Huila, Colombia. These farmers are associated with the Cadefihuila Cooperative and are dedicated to producing high quality microlots of coffees for export. Each farmer has proven his dedication to delivering coffee to the cooperative and actively participates in technical assistance trainings to better their coffee and their land.
The farmers who deliver coffee for our Project Direct Colombia coffee receives a price premium for quality. Each coffee is tasted and evaluated with a team of cuppers, and these scores determine the price that each individual farmer will receive. Cadefihuila Cooperative excels in selecting and separating high quality lots, and has invested a lot of time in training farmers in best practices to improve the quality of their coffee. These price premiums have been used for on farm investments such as purchasing more land and tiling wet-mills. It is these types of investments that will help encourage high quality coffee production for years to come.
- Cup score: 86
- Variety: Colombia, Catimor, Caturra, Castillo, Tabi
- Aroma: Juicy, citrus like fruits
- Flavor: Milk Chocolate, tangerine, orange, and herbal teasMilk Chocolate, tangerine, orange, and herbal teas
- Sweetness: Mild
- Body: Smooth, light and silky