Sierra Nevada (Fairtrade/Organic Certified)
Notes: Caramel, orange, chocolate, honey; citric brightness, creamy body.
Origin: Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
Variety: Caturra, Colombia, Tipica, Castillo
Elevation: 1,000 – 1,700 m.a.s.l.
Process: Washed, sun-dried
ASONEI was founded in 1996 by Aurora Izquierdo to create more structure around the organic agricultural programs in the region. Today it’s comprised of more than 800 families, mainly from four indigenous ethnic groups: the Arhuacos, the Koguis, the Wiwas, and the Kankuamos. While very distinctive in their cultures, they share strong views around environmental sustainability and direct and respectful relationships with the forests, rivers, mountains, and animal life.
Through its conservation of natural resources and premiums paid through certifications (on average, these have increased producer incomes by 35 percent), the group says it’s working to improve members’ living conditions and preserve each member’s cultural heritage.
ASONEI is also working to build improved de-pulping facilities and drying patios and train young cuppers.