Coffee of the Month January 2022- Colombia, Arhuaco, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
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Located on South America’s Northern Peninsula, the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta sits between Venezuela and the Caribbean. The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Mountains are one of the highest ranges in Colombia. It is the ancestral territory of the indigenous people of Arhuaco. The area is rich in natural resources and ecosystems characterised by the numerous waterways. It is considered by the native Indians to be the “Heart of the World”. Due to its historical and cultural significance, it was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1979. The mountain range is endowed with heterogeneous well drained soils, indicative of the forest in which it is grown.
Indigenous forest trees include Guamo, Oak, Cedar and Banana. The average rainfall is 2,800 mm per year and annual temperatures fluctuate around 20°C. This results in a particularly rich biodiversity of both flora and fauna.The coffee crop is harvested between October and March. The de-pulped cherries are fermented for between 15 and 18 hours in traditional tanks. They are then sun-dried for around 8 days before they are manually sorted and mechanically graded. Each year, the Arhuaco Community produce up to 6,000 bags of Conventional, Organic and Fairtrade coffees.
Thanks to the unique environmental setting and the community’s vast experience, the Arhuaco’s coffees demonstrate sweet, chocolate, and nutty flavours, accompanied by a light acidity and a good body. This delivers a cup profile that is as balanced and as pure as the forest in which it is grown.
Growing Altitude: 1000 – 1600 masl
Milling Process: Washed & sun-dried