Due to Risaralda’s close proximity to Caldas, most coffees coming out of Risaralda including our new 11 component are brought to the Alto Occidente de Caldas Cooperative for processing. Alto Occidente de Caldas enables farmers to develop their production and processing systems by allowing them to gain access to agronomical education, water treatment resources and loans for equipment. Aside from enabling farmers with tools to improve the coffee value chain, cooperatives help farmers gain access to a greater network of buyers. We have been purchasing this coffee for the last three years and look forward to furthering our relationship with them.
Proyecto Cabañas began in 2012 with only three producers, a pulping machine and three drying beds Now it has grown to roughly 20 producers, most of which have farms on average of 2.5 hectares. Beginning in 2000, some of the residents of the Cabañas community began to experiment with coffee cultivation when they saw the success in neighboring communities. They began by planting Pacas and Typica, most of which were unfortunately wiped out during an unexpected outbreak of Roya, commonly referred to as coffee rust. In order to continue producing coffee, the farmers in the community worked with the Honduras coffee institute (IHCAFE) to replant their coffee farms with Lempira and other rust resistant varietals.