ASOPROSIERRA – Asociación de Productores de la Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta ASOPROSIERRA is a small coffee producer association with 32 members. The group is located in the municipality of La Ciénaga in Santa Marta, around the San Pedro and almortownships. Asoprosierra saw the light in 2009, when a group of producers joined forces to optimalize their production, get better prices both nationally and internationally, and to improve the daily life of its members. All 32 farms have double fairtrade and organic certification. Asoprosierra members are smallholder farmers, who produce between 2000kg and 34000 kg of cherry on average. All together, they produce around 300 000 kg of coffee.
On their farms, they have adopted environmentally friendly farming practices. Through sustainable agriculture, they work to let coffee and nature preservation to coexist. They are highly committed to preserve the fauna and flora in the area and to protect the soil and ground water reserves and the river network. The coffee in this area is typically shade-grown, under a canopy of native trees. Temperatures are nicely moderate, ranging between 16 and 24 degrees Celsius year-round.
SIERRA NEVADA -- Santa Marta is located on the cloudy flanks of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in the Magdalena department in northern Colombia. The Santa Marta region is most known for its organic Colombian coffee. The Sierra Nevada is actually a natural reserve, inhibited by many indigenous groups, while at the same time being one of Colombia’s coffee production zones. What sets coffee from Sierra Nevada apart from other Colombian coffees are the growing conditions. The Sierra Nevada, rising up from the Carribean sea, is not part of any of the three Andes ranges that make up large part of the country’s topography. The ideal coffee growing altitude in the Sierra Nevada region lies between 600 and 900 meters above sea level. Coffee plantations have an inclination of 50%, up to 80% in some places. Coffee is produced under the shade a variety of native trees, fruit trees and others. When we visited Santa Marta, a thick cloud hid the coffee plantations –
an unusual sight for us, but the locals are used to living in a cloud forest. In total, the coffee production area covers 51,463 hectare. This surface is divided over 13,175 coffee families, who work an average of 3.9 hectare per family. Coffee trees are of the Caturra, Typica, Castillo and Colombia varieties. The producers of Sierra Nevada are highly aware of the importance and value of their living and working environment. The Sierra Nevada acts like a sponge, which releases all the water it absorbs through its river network into 5 neighbouring departments along the Carribean coast. One of the main reasons why coffee production also exist in this important ecosystem is because it stimulates ecological variety when carried out in harmony with nature.
|Harvest Year||2015 - 2016|
|Continental Region||South America|
|Sub-region||Pueblo Bello Cesar Providence|
|Screen Size||Screen 15 / 16|
|1. Varietal % of Mix||Typica|
|2. Varietal % of Mix||Catura|
|3. Varietal % of Mix||Small amount of Castillo|
|Certifications||Fair Trade Organic|
|Elevation||1000 - 1700 m|
|Lot Type||Small Lot|
|Drying Method||Solar Dryers|
Balanced, brown sugar, walnut, clean finish, lemony, chocolate, sweet, structured